Professional Competition/Landscape/Finalist. Photo by Nenad Saljic
The World Photography Organisation announced the finalists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. The selection of pictures are worth 1,000 words and is bringing together the very best international contemporary photography, the shortlist offers a unique insight into 2012 through the eyes of some of the world’s best emerging and established photography talents.
In a year that saw over 122,000 entries from 170 countries – the highest number of submissions to date – the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal. Topics ranged from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict to the Obama presidential campaign; an intimate study of cinema-goers in Kabul to quirky and witty shots of the animal kingdom.
Alien Hunt © Alexander Semenov
Hunting Cyanea capillata. White Sea, Russia
Alexander Semenov graduated as a marine biologist from the department of Zoology at Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in 2007. Specializing in the study of invertebrate animals, he began his working career at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer and progressed to become chief of the diving team after four years.
Operating from the WSBS at the Kindo peninsula on the border of the Arctic Circle, Semenov is also a gifted and patient underwater photographer – unbelievably, looking at the extraordinary images he creates, he is self-taught. Generously sharing his work (“Flickr”, “Behance”, “thisiscolossal.com”, “twistedsifter.com”, “1x.com” etc.) with those of us far distant from the Karelian Coast on the White Sea, Semenov creates breathtakingly beautiful images that alternately can look like strange extra-terrestrial organisms, or exquisite fine-art glass-blown sculptures.
Underwater Worlds Winner: Bubble-jetting emperors -Paul Nicklen (Canada)
The winners of the internationally acclaimed Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced amid much excitement at a gala awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London.
Now in its 48th year, the competition attracted more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries, with Paul Nicklen’s Bubble-jetting emperors, a spectacular image of the chaotic underwater world of emperor penguins at the edge of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, claiming the overall title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Captivity © Brian Day
Based in Detroit, MI, USA, Brian Day gravitates toward urban, conceptual, and landscape themes. Inspired by masters of landscape, street, and conceptual work, Brian starts his adventure into photography 3 years ago and evolved quite dramatically in a unique black and white style featuring visual scenes with as few subjects as possible. Brian’s legendary talent explores new opportunities for black-and-white imagery guiding the viewer’s eyes trough lights, contrasts and visually stunning compositions.
We have the privilege to feature today Brian and interview him about the secrets behind his stunning black-and-white imagery and to share it with you, photography lovers.
Morning Sun – Rügen, Sassnitz © Michael Breitung
Michael Breitung is a landscapes and nature photographer showcasing some of the most beautiful scenes on our planet which will leave you either breathless or at times put you on the edge of your seat. His intimate, striking imagery is published frequently in Landscape Photography Magazine or german KWERFELDEIN, where he is also a regular contributor.
Here is his favourite quote about photography:
“Photography is a human act and therefore subjective, a selective act and therefore interpretive. This makes it possible for photography to be an art, for photographers to achieve a personal style – and for the camera to lie.” Arthur Goldsmith
Scituate Light © Ed King
Ed King is a self taught photographer with a desire and drive to continuously raise the bar and try new techniques and concepts in and out of the camera. Although he has had no formal training in photography, the love and appreciation has always been part of him.
A father of 3 and married to his childhood sweetheart, photography and art is a family affair, so much so that even his youngest daughter looks forward to standing along the beach to be the first to enjoy the sunrise with her dad.
“Writing about photography excites him just as much as taking the pictures, I can almost feel the experience of the shoot as I work through my words.” ~Ed King
Old Scow © Nate Parker
Nate Parker is nature and landscape photographer based in Maine. The photographer became obsessed with making visually stunning imagery exploring the opportunities trough black-and-white long exposures and tilt-shift thrown in for good measure. Each one of his sublime and dramatic seascapes evokes the synergy between three elements earth, water and air.
We are glad that we had the privilege to interview Nate, so we invite you to check the interview and the fantastic set of plack and white pictures below.
Rhinoceros © Mario Moreno
Mario Moreno is an award winning wildlife and landscape photographer based in Western Cape, South Africa. The photographer is continuously searching for the perfect moment where everything comes perfectly together: composition, light, timing or emotions trough the magnificent African landscapes, from the great plains of the Serengeti, the floodplains of the Okavango or the harsh lands of the Kalahari to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Together with Marina Cano, Mario is leading true African Safari experiences, but for more details about this among a exclusive selection of gorgeous wildlife animals photographs, please check below.
Soar. Children of West Papua © Hengki Koentjoro
Hengki Koentjoro was born in March 24, 1963 in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. For him, photography is not just a way of expressing his most inner soul but also creating a window to the world where through his pictures the unseen and the unspoken can be grasped. Driven by the desire to explore the mystical beauty of nature, he develops his sense and sensibility through the elements of fine art photography. His freedom of expression is more reflected in the elaboration and exploration of black and white.
We had the fantastic opportunity to find out more about mr. Hengki’s knowledge, ideas, tips and inspiration about photography, completed by some of the most fascinating black and white pictures from his portfolio.
Just Me Dance with Me © Marina Cano
Marina Cano is a award winning landscape and wildlife photographer, based in Cantabria, in the North of Spain. The outstanding photographer, approaches a wide range of subjects such as animal behavior or creative portraits characterized by either compelling and awe-inspiring beauty or strangely but original compositions.
Marina’s comprehensive portfolio has been exposed close to master photographer Steve Bloom, and with the help of world foremost conservation Jane Goodall her brilliant images had become a powerful environmentalism weapon.