The pros are awesome in the finalists of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

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The professional finalists and photographers shortlisted for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards offer an incredible look at the current state of modern photography. This year’s best choices focus on surreal images of the pandemic, exciting drone shots and one curious city fox.

The photography competition, one of the largest in the world, includes four separate competitions: professional, youth, student and open. The professional competition covers 10 categories and requires photographers to submit a portfolio or work.

Hunting for sea lions 2. “Like an Olympic athlete who performs perfect choreography, the sea lion hunts these sardines. The only hope of the sardines is to dive into the deep dark blue, but the sea lion knows this and presses them to the surface, waiting for the moment to strike.”

Graham Purdy, Northern Ireland, shortlist, professional, wildlife and nature, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

This year a record number of 156,000 applications were submitted for the professional competition. Jury chairman Mike Trow says he was surprised by the depth and variety of the images presented, given that the ongoing pandemic would certainly make it harder for photographers to travel the world and explore new subjects.

“At times we could all feel that the ongoing Covid crisis means the world has closed, but when we look at these projects it is clear that nothing could be further from the truth,” Trow says. “Having the opportunity to see so much work from around the world simultaneously humiliates and energizes.”

Nemo's Garden.  The Biosphere is located 40 meters from the shores of Noli - a small village on the Ligurian coast.  They are built 6-12 meters below the water surface so that plants can get the necessary light source for their development.
Nemo’s Garden. The Biosphere is located 40 meters from the shores of Noli – a small village on the Ligurian coast. They are built 6-12 meters below the water surface so that plants can get the necessary light source for their development.

Giacomo d’Orlando, Italy, finalist, professional, environment, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Strange and surreal prospects seemed to dominate this year’s list of professionals: from a series by Australian photographer Serena Denis, which transforms Icelandic architecture into a science fiction portrait of a future space colony, to the alien gaze of Giacomo d’Ormenta d’Orlando.

A maze of speleothemes.  A diver guided on his underwater scooter through a chamber full of stalactites and stalagmites, showcasing the raw nature and amazing textures of flooded caves in Mexico.
A maze of speleothemes. A diver guided on his underwater scooter through a chamber full of stalactites and stalagmites, showcasing the raw nature and amazing textures of flooded caves in Mexico.

Martin Broen, United States, shortlist, professional, landscape, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Environmental issues also dominated many of this year’s major elections. A special highlight is Majid Hojiat’s “Towers of the Earth” series, in which old magnificent images of the landscape are placed among the current desert shots that highlight the acute impact of global warming.

See our gallery on more important points from this year’s impressive list of professionals.

Source: World Photo Organization



The pros are awesome in the finalists of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

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