September 15 2016

Stunning Standouts in 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

This is easily one of my favorite photo competitions. The world’s largest, the Sony World Photography Awards, just revealed some of their stunning standout images in their 10th year. The 2017 competition is open until January 19, 2017, so photographers, you still have a lot of time to submit your pictures. What are they looking for?

“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,” said Zelda Cheatle, Chair of the Professional competition.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 20, 2017. All winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited as part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 21 – May 7, 2017.

If only I could take pictures like these!


Part of the series 'The Flower Keepers', a personal series exploring my imagination and thoughts, creating whimsical characters in a world filled with flowers.
Image Name: The Midnight Blossom
Photographer Name: Ellie Victoria Gale
Year: 2017
Image Description: Part of the series ‘The Flower Keepers’, a personal series exploring my imagination and thoughts, creating whimsical characters in a world filled with flowers.
Copyright: © Ellie Victoria Gale, UK, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards


Image Name: Equilibrium
Photographer Name: JosÈ MarÌa PÈrez
Year: 2017
Image Description: Digital edition
Copyright: © JosÈ MarÌa PÈrez, Argentina, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund's enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception. 'Bear Apartment Six' is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by photographer Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building. Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they're solo and sometimes they're with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest of their lives. We have 2 year old Bearzilla, seized from people keeping him as a pet in Phnom Penh; Pooh, aged just under 2 years, surrendered by developers building a hydro dam in the Stung Treng Provence; and 15 month old Soriya Sundance, handed over by a Government Official who obtained her from ethnic minority hunters in the Mondulkiri Province.
Image Name: Bear Apartment Six
Photographer Name: Alexandra Cearns
Year: 2017
Image Description: Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund’s enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception. ‘Bear Apartment Six’ is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by photographer Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building. Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they’re solo and sometimes they’re with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest of their lives.
Copyright: © Alexandra Cearns, Australia, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

A manta ray swimming in the Indian ocean, Indonesia
Image Name: Manta
Photographer Name: Daniel Hunter
Year: 2017
Image Description: A manta ray swimming in the Indian ocean, Indonesia
Copyright: © Daniel Hunter, UK, Entry, Open, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Image description: This picture was taken in the forest area of Jaipur, Rajasthan (India). Rajasthan has a huge population of the National Bird and they are found in most areas (both urban and rural). This picture was taken during rain season, in which it's a common sight to watch Peacocks dancing.
Image Name: The Majestic Dance
Photographer Name: Satvik Bhatt
Year: 2017
Image Description: This picture was taken in the forest area of Jaipur, Rajasthan (India). Rajasthan has a huge population of the National Bird and they are found in most areas (both urban and rural). This picture was taken during rain season, in which it’s a common sight to see the Peacocks dancing.
Copyright: © Satvik Bhatt, India, Entry, Open, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by the wind. Clearwater Paper Reservoire, Lewiston, Idaho. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at 1,500 feet).
Image Name: Paper Mill
Photographer Name: Jassen Todorov
Year: 2017
Image Description: Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by the wind. Clearwater Paper Reservoire, Lewiston, Idaho. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at 1,500 feet).
Copyright: © Jassen Todorov, US, Entry, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Annual celebration of Dinagyang festival of Iloilo, Philippines
Image Name: Dinagyang Festival of the Philippines
Photographer Name: Raniel Jose CastaÒeda
Year: 2017
Image Description: Annual celebration of Dinagyang festival of Iloilo, Philippines
The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloio City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January
Copyright: © Raniel Jose CastaÒeda, Philippines, Entry, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Image title:  Soar in the blue There was a diving practice, after that, the swimming coach was swimming in the pool, and I was standing in the 5m diving platform, waiting for the right moment, although the light was quiet dim, I still managed to get this one.
Image Name: Soar in the blue
Photographer Name: Zuorong Li
Year: 2017
Image Description: There was a diving practice, after that, the swimming coach was swimming in the pool, and I was standing in the 5m diving platform, waiting for the right moment, although the light was quiet dim, I still managed to get this shot.
Copyright:© Zuorong Li, China, Entry, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Politechnika Warszawska, captured in Warsawa, Poland
Image Name: Politechnika Warszawska
Photographer Name: Lorenzo Linthout
Year: 2017
Image Description: Politechnika Warszawska
The Warsaw University of Technology (Polish: Politechnika Warszawska; literally, “Warsaw Polytechnic”) is one of the leading institutes of technology in Poland and one of the largest in Central Europe.
Copyright::© Lorenzo Linthout, Italy, Entry, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

On 8.23.2016, I was traveling to Sertar County, and visited the Serthar Buddhist Institute here, Lamaism’s piety and the grand scene shocked me. I have never before feel my heart be so pure. When I wanted to take a photo there is a Lamaism walked by - so I got this photo.
Image Name: Disciplinant
Photographer Name: ?? ?
Year: 2017
Image Description: On 8.23.2016, I was traveling to Sertar County (a county of Sichuan Province, China), and visited the Serthar Buddhist Institute here, Lamaismís piety and the grand scene shocked me. I have never before feel my heart be so pure. When I wanted to take a photo there was a Lamaism walking by – so I got this photo.
Copyright: © ?? ?, China, Entry, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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