2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Rob Gregory's pictures were taken for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's adaptive sports programme and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.
Rob Gregory’s pictures were taken for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s adaptive sports programme and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.

The shortlist for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced. This year’s competition received more than 230,000 entries from 186 countries. The images will be on show at Somerset House in London from 22 April to 8 May, and the winners announced on 21 April during a Gala Ceremony. Sixteen American photographers were named as well and they are now competing to win their category and the overall Professional, Open and Youth photographer of the Year titles plus a share of the $30,000 (USD) prize. More information about the awards can be found at www.worldphoto.org with galleries here.

With an astonishing 57% increase in American entries on 2015, photographers from across the States were selected for their high quality work and the broad variety of techniques and strong narratives in the Professional, Open, and Youth competitions. Through stunning single shots and thought provoking social documentary series, the American entries capture both the beauty and brutality of the world we live in. The Sony World Photography Awards rewards and recognises the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year. Selected by an expert panel of judges (full list here) the shortlisted photographers based in the US are

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Professional Competition 

  • Rob Gregory, Campaign
  • Ed Kashi, Campaign
  • Vladimir Frumin, Conceptual
  • Andrew Burton, Current Affairs
  • Brendan Hoffman, Current Affairs
  • Stephanie Sinclair, Daily Life
  • Kiliii Fish, Still Life
  • Giles Clarke (British nationality), Campaign
  • Jason Koxvold (British nationality), Current Affairs
  • Lucy Nicholson (British nationality), Environment
  • Max Knight (British nationality), Landscape
  • Zhe Zhu (Chinese nationality), Environment
  • Lawrence Sumulong (Filipino nationality), Conceptual
  • Julien Roubinet (French nationality), Still Life

Open competition 

  • Vincent Frascello, Low Light
  • Mark Fulinara, Split Second
  • Anasuya Mandal (Indian nationality), Travel
  • Swee Choo Oh (Malaysian nationality), Arts and Culture
  • Filip Wolak (Polish nationality), Architecture
  • Mickael Szymanski (French nationality), Enhanced

Youth competition 

  • Lake Lewis, Environment
  • Charlie Burr, Environment
  • Sam Delaware, Portrait
  • Gina Ienopoli, Portrait
  • Aaliyah Snider, Portrait
  • Arno Goetz, Portrait
  • Leena Meyers (American nationality), Culture

Last year’s show sold out and this one is expected to do so as well.

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