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.
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.
Spring © Christopher O’Donnell
Christopher O’Donnell is a landscape photographer who has lived and worked near the coastlines of Maine for the past few years since leaving college. While he does shoot subject matter beyond what he has built his reputation on, his primary focus, his gift, is—and will remain—the ever-changing and breathtaking landscapes in and around Maine. One thing that his fans have noticed-and he touches on it briefly in the interview we had below—is that even when he shoots in the same location, no two images are ever the same. More so than that, each image he captures has its own life, its own personality, and its own powerful dynamic.
Each photograph is a separate world unto itself. As he continues to build on his impressive body of work, Chris has also incorporated writing on photography—he has an e-book in the works now—and teaching other photographers through his private lessons and tutorials. Landscape photography may be a conventional genre of photography, but Chris continues to show just how unpredictable nature can be in all of its subtle yet glorious states.
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.
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.
Juniper Study, Joshua Tree National Park, California © Michael E. Gordon
Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer concentrating on nature and wilderness impressions and interpretations of the intimate and overlooked visually stunning and beautiful mystic places within state of California.
Michael illustrates the challenges of black and white photography in a unique palette of natural light and outstanding monochrome tonalities by exploring majestic textures and intricate forms. His artistic goals lie not in representing superficial beauty, but rather in portraying his personal communion with the land and the rare but transcendental moments it has shared with the photographer.
7 silos and 3 shacks in a snow covered pasture. © Olivier Du Tre
Olivier Du Tré is a Belgian/Canadian fine art landscape photographer specialized in the beautiful Prairies and Foothills around his hometown and the mighty Rocky Mountains to the West of it. His goal as a photographer is to capture the emotions he goes through when enjoying the vast, silent foothills around his hometown of Cochrane. Subjects often revolve around weather, clouds, loneliness and rhythms Olivier finds in nature. We had the privilege to interview Oliver and to share some of his best artworks, so don’t hesitate to check it out below.