The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.
Charge by Alex Bernasconi
The shortlist for Sony’s 2011 World Photography Awards was recently announced and it includes some spectacular photography! What I love most about this competition is that it’s meant to unveil stories seen and told by people from around the globe. Sony divided up the competition between professionals and photographers of all abilities (which they called the Open competition). With submissions flowing in from all over the world, Sony not only reached their highest number of entries since the awards were founded, they truly found some remarkable talent!
Of the Open competition, Joseph Jean Rolland Dub VP of Content Development at iStockPhoto said: "This is iStock’s third year in reviewing these open entries. The competition is getting more fierce every year and the best images are the epitome of creativity and skill. Congrats to the World Photography Organization for compelling such amazing entries and let there be such a venue dedicated to raw talent for years to come."
Today, we present to you some of our favorites in the shortlist for the Open competition. (We focused on 5 of the 10 categories.) The winners will be announced on April 27th. Can’t wait!
Abyss by SPytel
Power of 100m by Modix
La Jolla Roughwater Swim by Lee_Sie
Serra da Leba, Lubango, Angola by KODILU
Yee Peng by Chumlong Nilkon
Nature and Wildlife
Cheetah on a Log by Cedric
On a Lone Winter Morning by Kieran O’Connor
Sperbergeier by Tanja_Zech
Dreaming of a Perfect Shot by Pablo
Thirst by Eugene Reshetov
Homeless by Gary
My Kingdom by Dvlazar
Morning in Taiping Lake by WaiLeong
Going to Work by James Chong