Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

Sony World Photography Award winning image 2011

Today, Thursday 2 February, the World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards. The Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world. The Professional competition reflects a turbulent year of global events with the war in Libya; the Greek and European economic crisis; the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the fall of Gaddafi, in the Photojournalism & Documentary categories. The shortlist for the Fine Art and Commercial categories gets to the very heart of daily life - a small sheep-farming community in Iceland; the rice harvest in South China; a religious pilgrimage in Poland and gold diggers in Chile.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster. Manuel Geerinck (Belgium); Lee Chee Wai (China); Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Irina Werning (Argentina); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (Republic of the Congo) and Simon Norfolk (UK), are but a few of the new names to place as finalists and shortlisted photographers.

Returning photographers from previous years, include 2010 Professional Landscape winner, Peter Franck (Germany); who this year is a finalist in three categories; 2011 Professional Contemporary Issues and Current Affairs winner, Javier Arcenillas (Spain); and Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) whose stunningly dramatic image ‘Buffalo Race’ won the Overall Open Competition in 2011.

In being shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards, photographers can now look forward to the invaluable support of the World Photography Organisation, which includes having their work exhibited at a major exhibition at London’s Somerset House, to coincide with the award ceremony in April 2012.

The annual Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place on 26 April at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane. The awards celebration will once again take place alongside World Photo, London, a month-long event which brings an eclectic mix of photographic events for all to enjoy. The opening weekend of World Photo London will be held at Somerset House from 27 - 30 April with selected events including portfolio reviews, workshops, symposiums and the Sony World Photography Awards winners’ exhibitions, which continue through to 20 May 2012. Honorary Judges for the 2012 Awards and other international industry experts will be leading many of the festival events.

Professional shortlisted photographers

Honorary judging committee:

Presiding Chair: W. M. Hunt (USA) Photographic Consultant.

Chairs: Michael Benson (UK) Director, Prix Pictet; James Reid (UK) Photography Director of Wallpaper*; Claudia Hinterseer (Netherlands) Managing Director and co-owner of NOOR.

Additional Jury: Jodi Bieber (South Africa) Photographer; Jon Jones (UK) Director of Photography Sunday Times Magazine; Rebecca Lewis (US) Vice-President and Senior Agent for Art+Commerce; Prabuddha Dasgupta (India) Photographer; Shizuka Yokomizo (Japan) Photographer.

In each category the judges could select up to three finalist photographers and up to seven additional shortlist photographers. From the finalists, the winners plus 2nd and 3rd place will be chosen and announced at the awards ceremony on 26 April.

Photographers are listed alphabetically.




Current Affairs


? Fernando Alfonso Brito Lizárraga Mexico

(El Debate de Culiacan)

? Rémi Ochlik (IP3 Press) France

? Donald Weber (VII PHOTO) Canada


? Javier Arcenillas Spain

? Fabio Bucciarelli Italy

? Pietro Masturzo Italy

? Giorgos Moutafis Greece

? Goran Tomasevic United Kingdom


Contemporary Issues


? Kasia Bielska Poland

? Alessandro Grassani Italy

? Gustavo Jononovich Argentina


? Francesco Giusti Italy

? Sebastian Liste Spain

? Ivor Prickett Ireland

? Jose Luis Rodriguez Maldonado Columbia

? Natasha Shulte Ukraine

? Anastasia Taylor-Lind United Kingdom

? Donald Weber (VII PHOTO) Canada




? Alejandro Cartagena Mexico

? Maja Daniels Sweden

? Simon Norfolk United Kingdom


? Philippe Leroux France

? Kerry Mansfield United States

? Francesca Oggiano Italy

? Huage Shang China

? Salvi Danés Vernedas Spain




? Pawel Kopczynski (Thomson Reuters) Poland

? Andrew McConnell Ireland

? Palmer + Pawel United Kingdom


? Delfosse Colin Belgium

? Alvaro Deprit Italy

? Mikhail Domozhilov Russian Federation

? Adam Pretty Australia

? Scott Robin Barbour New Zealand

? Robin Utrecht Netherlands


Nature & Wildlife


? David Chancellor (Institute) United Kingdom
? Jacek Kusz Poland
? Palani Mohan India


? Salil Bera India
? Terence du Fresne Switzerland
? Barbara Leven United States
? Suren Manvelyan Armenia
? Tapash Paul Bangladesh


Arts and Culture


? Rob Hornstra Netherlands

? Anastasia Taylor-Lind United Kingdom

? Mattia Vacca Italy


? Javier Arcenillas Spain

? Jacek Swierczynski Poland

? Yannick Cormier France

? Alvaro Deprit Italy

? Susana Girón Spain

? Davide Monteleone Italy

? Andrea Santolaya Spain





? Javier Arcenillas Spain

? Peter Franck (Büro stoltenhoff) Germany

? Laura Pannack United Kingdom


? Michael Blann United Kingdom

? Felipe Cantillana Chile

? Jan von Holleben Germany

? Miguel Navarro United Kingdom

? Michelle Siu Canada

? Roberto Soares-Gomes Brazil

? Daniele Testa Italy




? Jan Brykczynski Poland

? Luis Henry Agudelo Cano Colombia

? Peter Franck Germany


? Giancarlo Ceraudo Italy

? Andrea Hamilton United Kingdom

? Cristina De Middel Spain

? Yurian Quintanas Nobel Spain

? Gianluca Pulcini Italy

? Lisa Wiltse United States




? Peter Franck Germany

? Elizaveta Porodina Germany

? Jayden Tang United Kingdom


? Michelle Beatty United Kingdom

? Susi Belianska Italy

? Romano Decker Dejan Kutic Croatia

? Filippo Del Vita Italy

? Alice Pavesi Italy

? Dasha Ketsko Ukraine

? Frauke Thielking Germany





? Igor Chirikov Russian Federation

? David Ibernón Boria Spain

? Simon Norfolk United Kingdom


? Robin Broderick Canada

? Riccardo Budini Italy

? Tamas Bujnovszky Hungary

? Alejandro Cartagena Mexico

? Paula Gortazar United Kingdom

? David de Jong Netherlands

? Michael Joseph United States




? Lei Liu China

? Paolo Marchetti Italy

? Irina Werning Argentina


? Gwenn Dubourthoumieu The Democratic Republic of Congo

? Lavinia Parlamenti Italy

? Johann Rousselot France

? Javier Arcenillas Spain

? George Mayer Russian Federation



Finalists :

? Rona Chang United States

? Lee Chee Wai Malaysia

? Mitch Dobrowner United States


? Regis Boileau France

? Ximena Etchart Argentina

? Jeroen Hofman Netherlands

? Zhang Kechun China

? Matthias H. Risse Germany

? Chaoliang Shen Taiwan, Province of China

? Stephen Wilkes United States


Still Life


? Renan Cepeda Brazil

? Rena Effendi (INSTITUTE) Azerbaijan

? Helen Thompson United Kingdom


? Michal Cole United Kingdom

? Peter Franck Germany

? Martina Geccelli United Kingdom

? Miri Mor Israel

? Song Nian Ang Singapore

? Gicheol Shin Republic of Korea




? Manuel Geerinck Belgium

? Luis Mallo United States

? Cristina De Middel Spain


? Carlo D'Orta Italy

? Photographer Hal Japan

? Giuseppe Parisi Italy

? Carlos Henrique Reinesch Brazil

? Sanne Maloe Slecht Netherlands

? Frauke Thielking Germany

? Patricia van de Camp Netherlands


Open shortlisted photographers

In each category judges were able to select up to ten images.


? Babul Bhatt India

? Patrice Carré France

? Filippo Di Rosa Italy

? Fabrizio Intonti Italy

? Francisco Mendes Portugal

? Rui Nunes United Kingdom

? Fulvio Pellegrini Italy

? José Ramón Montes Spain

? Thai Son Huynh Vietnam


Arts & Culture

? Dovile Dagiene Lithuania

? Levi Fanan Brazil

? Kushal Gangopadhyay India

? Antonio Iubatti Italy

? Sanket K India

? Klaartje Lambrechts Belgium

? Oliver Mezger Germany

? Tan Nono Rahardian Indonesia

? Samanta Sollima Italy

? Paul Störm Australia



? Alexandr Afonin Russian Federation

? Sandra Cifo United States

? Paul Irving United Kingdom

? Milan Makarský Czech Republic

? Frank Martin Eisele Germany

? Rodolfo Mejías Venezuela

? Jochen Resch Germany

? Oren Shved Israel

? Victor Vargas Villafuerte Canada

? Antonios Vlachou Slovakia


Low Light

? Elmar Akhmetov Kazakhstan

? Edoardo Brotto Italy

? Ignasi cunill Spain

? Teng Hin Khoo Malaysia

? Sergey Kochmak Russian Federation

? Christoph Krüger Germany

? Belentsova Natalia Russian Federation

? Pansiri Pikunkaew Thailand

? Derrick Woo Hong Kong

? Heng Zee Kek Singapore


Nature & Wildlife

? Nadav Bagim Israel

? Anita Erdmann Canada

? Handri Fitrido Indonesia

? Felicitas Frei Switzerland

? Giovanni Frescura Italy

? Peter Krejzl Czech Republic

? Chan Kwok Hung Hong Kong

? William Lee United States

? Kuntal Paul India

? Petar Sabol Croatia



? Pramiga Aditya Indonesia

? Ionut Hrenciuc Romania

? Istvan Nagy Netherlands

? Noel Plaszkó Hungary

? Matthew Post Australia

? James Rider United Kingdom

? Terry Soo Australia

? Ian Taylor United Kingdom

? steve Williams United Kingdom

? Denise Worden United States



? Victoria Bolshemennik Israel

? Tommy Braxton United Kingdom

? Thomas Dymond United Kingdom

? Mehmet Fatih Yaldiz Turkey

? Ana Gregoric Slovenia

? Paul MacKinnon United Kingdom

? Christine Pearl United States

? Fulvio Pellegrini Italy

? Zulkifli Thalib Indonesia

? ????? ??????? Russian Federation



? Ricky Alexander Indonesia

? Nguyen Duc Tri Vietnam

? Gerold Guggenbuehl Switzerland

? Arnold Jumpay Philippines

? Anom Manik Agung Indonesia

? Kivera Mara Réunion

? Diana Mrazikova Slovakia

? Meghann Prouse United States

? Nick Redman United Kingdom

? Piotr Stasiuk Poland


Split Second

? Cemhan Biricik United States

? Tobias Bräuning Germany

? Samuel Chan China

? Andrzej Chrobot Poland

? Alessandro Falco Italy

? Don Horne Ireland

? Johnny Joo United States

? Gustavo Magnavacca Argentina

? Greg Parker United Kingdom

? Peter Prazenka Slovakia



? Krzysztof Browko Poland

? Krzysztof Browko Poland

? Marco Lachmann-Anke Germany

? John Lai Teck Kee Malaysia

? Carlos Macedonio Brazil

? N S Ng Singapore

? Keith Pace Malta

? Suprijanto Suprijanto Indonesia

? George Turnbull United Kingdom

? Malte Wittmann Germany


Youth shortlisted photographers


Hanne Grannestad Norway
Lam Ka Ho Hong Kong
Sahil Lodha India
Merijn Mulder Netherlands
Carolina Paltrinieri Italy
Adrian Pelegrin Bonet Spain
Kolyaskin Sergey Russian Federation
Benedek Varga Hungary


Alla Aliokhina Ukraine
Kolyaskin Sergey Russian Federation
Thamyres Matarozzi Brazil
Adrian Pelegrin Bonet Spain
Bernard Pieterse South Africa
Imanuel Thallinger Austria
Kazi Sudipto Bangladesh
Kseniya Sovenko United States


Tertious Alio Russian Federation
Hadi Asgari Iran
Lidia K United Kingdom
Darya Kasyanova Russian Federation
Samujjwal Sahu India
Karina Sembe Ukraine
Kolyaskin Sergey Russian Federation
Felicia Simion Romania
Marina Tkhorzhevskaya Russian Federation
Berta Vicente Spain


Key dates 2012

07 February Student Focus finalists announcement

20 March Open (amateur) category winners announced

26 April Sony World Photography Awards, gala ceremony held London Hilton

27 April Sony World Photography Award Winners and World Photo, London exhibitions open at Somerset House London

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