The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards are an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), which allows everyone from amateurs to the professionals to showcase their work and compete with others in their field.
The competition is open to anyone, from any background or experience level and of all ages. There were more than 122 000 entries this year, from over 170 different countries and the WPO has recently announced its shortlist of finalists.
There are three different sectors and within each sector there are categories into which the photographs are divided.
Within the Professional (for the serious photographers with a true passion for the job), the Open (for the amateurs and photography enthusiasts) and the Youth sectors, the photographs can be divided into the following categories:
- Arts & Culture
- Contemporary Issues
- Current Affairs
- Fashion & Beauty
- Low Light
- Nature & Wildlife
- Split Second
- Still Life
With a Basic Membership you can enter up to 3 photographs, with an Advanced Membership, you can enter up to 8 photographs and with a Premium Membership you can enter up to 20 photographs.
This is for people who are creative and passionate, those who understand the art of “taking pictures, documenting a story, conceptualising an idea, capturing emotions and evoking a response” from the viewers.
The winners will be announced in March/April, but for now, here are some of the finalists: