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The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

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:

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Campaign
  • Conceptual
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Current Affairs
  • Enhanced
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Lifestyle
  • Low Light
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Panoramic
  • People
  • Portraiture
  • Split Second
  • Sport
  • Still Life
  • Travel

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:

Ali Asadi, Iran 2013

Ali Asadi, Iran 2013

Christian Vizl, Mexico, 2013

Christian Vizl, Mexico, 2013

Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013

Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013

John Matzick, USA, 2013

John Matzick, USA, 2013

Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain, 2013

Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain, 2013

Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, 2013

Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, 2013

Adam Pretty, Olympic Park, July 25, 2012

Adam Pretty, Olympic Park, July 25, 2012

Marek Andrzejewski, Poland, 2013

Marek Andrzejewski, Poland, 2013

Gali Tibbon, Israel, 2013

Gali Tibbon, Israel, 2013

Nathan Wills, Australia, 2013

Nathan Wills, Australia, 2013

The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012Dr Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal meds. While receiving treatment, which can take months, patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. No shelter. They are sometimes beaten.

The Niger Delta, Nigeria, October 2012
Dr Lekwe Deezia claims to heal mental illness through the power of prayer and traditional herbal meds. While receiving treatment, which can take months, patients are chained to trees in his courtyard. No shelter. They are sometimes beaten.

Roberto Bettacchi, Italy, 2013

Roberto Bettacchi, Italy, 2013

Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany, 2013Aerial view of surreal world of Dubai

Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany, 2013
Aerial view of surreal world of Dubai

Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania, 2013

Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania, 2013

Robert Gifford, UK, 2013

Robert Gifford, UK, 2013

Reza Nezamdust, Iran, 2013 (Tradition)

Reza Nezamdust, Iran, 2013 (Tradition)

Val Proudki, USA, 2013

Val Proudki, USA, 2013

 

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Photoshoot Pt. 3

In the third installment in our look at photoshoot, our close-up is on Kate Moss.

Believe it or not this lady’s 40th birthday is just around the corner. At 38, she has been a top model for longer than others can claim to have worked in the same company, and though most of her life has been tumultous to say the least, she is now settled, recently married to Jamie Hince and about to move into her new home in North London.

Kate, true to the “bad-girl” image which has been with her through her career, is no stranger to nudity, and why should she be with a body like hers. She posed for the cover of Another Man magazine, the release of which was times to coincide with the start of Paris Fashion Week. She also appeared in a shoot for Italian label Liu Jo earlier this month, and last year was (once again) topless in the Pirelli Calendar.


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Photoshoot Pt. 2

The second installment in our celebration of all things photoshoot is to focus on Jennifer Lopez.

The 42-year-old mother of twins recently had a photoshoot with V Magazine where she absolutely sizzled! The boxing-themed shoot was HOTT, and showed off her stunning body to perfection. She not only looks like she can make you cry, but make your mouth water too, as in one of the pics, she was wearing nothing but boxing gloves.

Anywho, judge for yourselves…is this a 42-year-old body by any standards?

     

     

     

Mandi


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Photoshoot Pt. 1

There is nothing like going for a photoshoot to help you feel sexier, more comfortable with your body and more powerful. You not only feel like a model, but thanks to all the magic created by the stylists, make-up artists, photographers and yes, even the lighting guy, you also look like a model.

This priviledge doesn’t have to be reserved for the beautiful of Hollywood and the models of Milan, even us ordinary folk can explore out of the ordinary and book a professional photo shoot.

Celebrating the joy of photo shoots, I was checking out some of the A-listers latest work in that arena and would you believe some of these women are over 40!

For starters 41-year-old Naomi Campbell is one of the original supermodels, but hasn’t slowed down a single bit. Just days after being Robert Cavalli’s showstopper in Milan, she appeared in V Magazine, in a shoot inspired by the larger-than-life spirit of Tina Turner. The black and white shots taken by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi were named “Private Dancer”. This precedes the release of  Soul Sister a musical inspired by the lives of Ike and Tina Turner premiering at London’s Hackney Empire on April 19.

      

      

         

 

Here are a couple of local places to check out if you’re interested:

Cape Town: Contact Arnold at http://www.model-portfolio.synthasite.com/

Port Elizabeth: Contact Shanna at +27 826523385 or http://www.shannapaxton.com/

Pretoria: Check out http://www.rbester.co.za

Randburg: Contact Jacques at 083 577 5757 or http://www.duvellphotography.co.za

Johannesburg: Contact EuroConnection at http://www.euroconnection.co.za/index.html or

Nick van der Leek at http://www.nickvanderleek.com/2009/02/photoshoots-in-johannesburg-half-price.html (first shoot may be free) or

Jo Smith Photography http://www.josmithphotography.co.za/