The beauty of a captured image is a thing that artists can’t describe. The lens never lies.
Started in 2007 by World Photography Association CEO, Scott Gray, the Sony World Photography Awards has been held every year offering the best in capturing a single moment in a single image.
Recently, this year’s winners have been announced in 10 categories from 100 shortlisted. The categories included: architecture, creative, culture, landscape, motion, natural world & wildlife, portraiture, still life, street photography, and travel. This year, audiences are treated to a plethora of different wonderful subjects. An iceberg in Greenland, an Iggy Pop concert, and two cheetahs bathing themselves, to name a couple of photographs that feature in the winners circle.
Due to Covid-19, the exhibition was cancelled at the Somerset House in the UK. The winner of the Open Photographer of the Year will be announced on June the 9th.
Here are some selected images from the Sony World Photography Awards.
Demigods of Malabar
by Satheesh Chandran
Theyyam rituals are performed in temples in the north of Kerala, India. The performer transforms from human to a demigod through music, dance, make-up and costume.
By Sergio Carrasco
My wife dressed as a Catrina – one of the most recognisable symbols of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.
By Lloyd Lane
A large wave scales the harbour wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, UK. A high tide, together with strong winds, led to some big waves at the port in March 2019. This was my first time out with my new telephoto lens and I was treated to some great conditions, with the sun helping to light up the scene.
Hong Kong Protesters Escaping Police
By Shawn Yuan
Protesters climb over a highway barricade to evade an approaching police vehicle, while others reach out in support on the other side, Hong Kong, 1 December 2019.
A Surfer is Born
by Jonathan Taylor
A surfer emerges from the backside of a wave off Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A Fever of Cownose Rays
By Alex Kydd
A rare encounter with a fever of cownose rays on the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. The rays were circling and rubbing together in a behaviour that is not fully understood. They were spiralling up and down the water column for approximately 20 minutes, at which point they disappeared. Undeterred by my presence, they continued to focus on each other while I documented the encounter. There have been few reports of cownose rays in the Ningaloo Reef region in recent years. The image was taken while freediving – it was a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.
by Wen Lu
A clear line separates the crowded village houses and the forest reserve in Guangzhou, China.
By Antoine Veling
When audience members were invited on stage to dance at an Iggy Pop concert in Sydney Opera House, Australia, on 17 April 2019, it showed the warm welcome Aussies extend to overseas artists who travel long distances to reach them.
A woman’s outstretched arm lunges to touch Iggy. He seems unaware of her approach as the crowd presses around him. One of Iggy’s assistants, Jos (in the grey checked shirt) tries to make some space around Iggy. The scene is reminiscent of a passage from the Bible: ‘Because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”’ (Mark 5:25-34, line 28). The image has been likened to religious paintings by Caravaggio, and his chiaroscuro technique. It went crazy on social media, making 40,000 people, including Iggy Pop, very happy.
Photographer Name: Caroline Paux
Greedy gulls compete for a starfish. This photo was taken during the high tides on 4 August 2019, off the beach of La Baule, in the Loire-Atlantique, France.
By Milosz Wilczynski
The entrance to Anaconda Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland. The surface of the ice created an amazing pattern which reflected the incoming light. Most of the ice caves melt during the summer, partly because of the greenhouse effect. This kind of beauty is fragile and transient.
By Domenico Tripodi
Pandea conical is a small hydromedusa, measuring 3-4cm (without tentacles). This image was taken during an invasion of tunicates in the Mediterranean Sea off Pellaro, Reggio Calabria, Italy.