Sony World Photography Awards: our pick

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 some of our favourites

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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  • Steve

    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

  • PatrickBurgoyne

    Thanks Steve

  • oli

    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.

  • Pic

    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.