As a proud member of The World Photography Organisation, I am delighted to announce the judges of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards today honor the work of 40 British and UK based photographers by shortlisting and commending their photographs as the top 50 in the world in the Awards’ Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions.
Of the 81 nationalities represented in this year’s shortlist and commended lists, the UK has the highest number of shortlisted photographers across the competitions, and the third highest number of honored photographers in the shortlist and commended lists.
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. The international range of entries display a huge diversity of imagery in terms of genre, style and subject matter across the Awards’ 4 competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus.
In the Professional competition, 11 British photographers have been recognised for strong bodies of work between 5-10 images. The Open competition, which rewards the best single image across 10 categories, features 6 photographers on the shortlist. A further 18 photographers fro m across Britain have be en placed top 50 in the world (commended) across the 10 categories of the Open competition. The Youth competition shortlist features 3 British photographers . Lastly, the Student Focus competition, for those studying photography, features 2 British students and 1 Finnish student at UK universities.