Striking Early Highlights of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are accepting entries in the professional category until January 10, 2017, but these stunning images give us a preview of what's in store for the tenth anniversary of the competition. Entries from across the globe showcase the best in worldwide photography, with a record 230,103 photographs submitted to last year's contest. There are four sections for entry—Professional, Open, Youth, and Student—which allow for a wide range of photographers to expose their talents to the international photography community.

Zelda Cheatle, a UK-based curator chairing the professional competition, shares that in judging the work, “I will be looking for originality of thought and execution, clarity of vision—a clear concept that translates well into pictures on the wall or on the screen. Simplicity, good craftsmanship and sometimes its wit, or compassion, ingenuity, luck or good judgement—but a good picture always stops you in your tracks.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 20, 2017. In addition, all winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London from April 21 through May 7, 2017.

Above Image: Equilibrium. José María Peréz, Argentina, Entry, Open, Enhanced

The Midnight Blossom. Ellie Victoria Gale, UK, Entry, Open, Enhanced

Politechnika Warszawska. Lorenzo Linthout, Italy, Entry, Open, Architecture

Dinagyang Festival of the Philippines. Raniel Jose Castañeda, Philippines, Entry, Open, Culture

Bear Apartment Six. Alexandra Cearns, Australia, Entry, Open, Enhanced

Soar in the blue. Zuorong Li, China, Entry, Open, Motion

Paper Mill. Jassen Todorov, US, Entry, Open, Architecture

Disciplinant. ?? ?, China, Entry, Open, Culture

Manta. Daniel Hunter, UK, Entry, Open, Wildlife

The Majestic Dance. Satvik Bhatt, India, Entry, Open, Wildlife

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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