Sony World Photography Awards: our pick
Paolo Pellegrin, Italy, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competiiton
The shortlist for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced featuring images across a range of categories, from portraiture to fashion, current affairs to nature and wildlife. Here are our favourites
The 2013 awards attracted 122,000 entries from 170 countries across professional, youth and open competitions. Here's our pick from the entries. See the entire shortlist here
Agurtxane Concellon, Norway, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition
Danish Siddiqui, India, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition
Ernest Goh, Singapore, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition 2013_50p
Gali Tibbon, Israel, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition (we wish we knew more about the story behind this one but caption information is unfortunately limited)
Jens Juul, Denmark, Finalist, Portraiture, Professional
Manuel Brabo, Spain, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition
Myriam Meloni, Argentina, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition
Oliver Weiken, Germany, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition
Pete Muller, United States, Finalist, People, Professional Competition
Ryan Pierse, Australia, Finalist, Sport, Professional Competition
Samuel James, USA, Finalist, Contemporary Issues, Professional Competition
Satirat Damampai, Thailand, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition
Scout Tufankjian, United States, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition
Danny Cohen, Australia, Shortlist, Enhanced, Open Competition
Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition
Maciej Makowski, Poland, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition
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Gali Tibbon, Israel, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition
Pilgrims gather to watch as an infertile worshipper is lowered into a baptism pool with a rope held by priests; according to local faith the holy water has fertility powers that will allow her to conceive. Every year, just before Christmas day (Julian calendar) thousands of pious Christian orthodox worshippers make pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in Ethiopia’s highlands, known as Jerusalem of Africa or Black Jerusalem. Lalibela is famous for its 13th century monolithic churches, carved out of the living rock and one of the world's great wonders. © Gali Tibbon
Paolo Pellegrin manages to get compositions which are so abstract while still telling horrific stories. For 15 years (maybe more!) has always producing bodies of work which make me supremely jealous of his skill, and at the same time risking his life almost daily. He is very much the master at leaving things out and letting the viewer work out what is going on.
For me, a good picture has to transmit something. I'm sorry for Danish Siddiqui, but for a professional competition I think is not enough.
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