Best in Photojournalism – 2009 Sony World Photography Awards (20 photos)

Julian Abram Wainwright – Canada

The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the largest photographic events that exists in the world today. The annual awards gala and central exhibitions will take place next month at the prestigious Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Of the 12 professional category winners, one photographer will be the recipient of the L'Iris D'Or, the Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. From fine art to applied photography in fashion, advertising and sport to humanistic and documentary photography of people, social, cultural and current affairs to the environmental image of landscape, wildlife and ecology, there are few subjects or genres left undiscovered. The celebration of the still image – its roots, conception, adaptation and continuous evolution – is a constant parallel, unifying all categories of the World Photography Awards. The most captivating shots arguably are from the photojournalism and documentary category. These vivid images not only satisfy our curiosity of the outside world, they offer a non-fictional account of how vastly different it is around the globe. Here are some of the best shots from the photojournalism and documentary category. Questions of Modernity:

Andy Spyra – Germany

Andrew McConnell – Ireland

Andy Spyra – Germany

Chris de Bode – Netherlands

Chris de Bode – Netherlands

Emiliano Mancuso – Italy

Emiliano Mancuso – Italy

Hartmut Schwarzbach – Germany

Massimo Berruti – Italy Events:

Dominic Nahr – France

Hui min Kuang – China

Hui min Kuang – China

Wojciech Grzedzinski – Poland

Wojciech Grzedzinski – Poland Sports:

Julian Abram Wainwright – Canada

Nir Elias – Israel

Ezra Shaw – Australia

Rasmus Kaessmann – Germany

Li Fan – China Sony World Photography Awards website

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