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Seven British Photographers Shortlisted In Sony World Photography Awards Professional And Student Categories

Seven British photographers have been shortlisted in the student and professional categories of the Sony World Photography Awards.

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Thomas Neilsen

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Seven British photographers have been shortlisted in the Professional and Student categories of the Sony World Photography Awards

All the shortlisted entries will compete to win their category and be named Photographer of the Year, with the overall winner revealed on 17 April 2019.

 

2019 Sony WPA Professional Shortlist

The Professional shortlist comprises stunning series selected across ten diverse categories. The six shortlisted British photographers are recognised in three categories. British photographers have excelled in the Landscape category, with four photographers featuring on the shortlist.

Keiran Dodds

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Edinburgh-based artist Kieran Dodds has been shortlisted for his series Hierotopia, which explores the tiny patches of protected forests surrounding churches in Ethiopia, where farming has led to huge deforestation. West-Yorkshire based academic and artist Yang Wang Preston has been shortlisted for her series To the South of the Colourful Clouds which depicts an otherworldly “ecology recovery” landscape in Haidong Development Zone, Yunnan Province. In this series, Preston studies the environmental impact of turning a rural area into an international leisure town and its dramatic effect on the landscape. 

Two London-based photographers have also been shortlisted in the Landscape category; Catherine Hyland has been awarded for her series Lithium Mining, in which she uses a muted colour palette to provide a meditative series of landscapes affected by industry. Marco Kesseler ’s series Polytunnel focuses on the environment of contemporary British farming, highlighting the hidden landscapes behind which food is produced.

Edward Thompson

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Other shortlisted Professional series on British subject matter include Danish photographer Thomas Nielsen’s series The Big Score, which focuses on fans of the West London football club Brentford FC and has been shortlisted in the Sport category. French photographer Laetitia Vançon’s series At the End of the Day has been shortlisted in the Portraiture category and offers a striking insight into island life in the Outer Hebrides for contemporary young people. German photographer Toby Binder’s series, Youth of Belfast, documents daily life and the problems facing the young people in the city’s working-class communities. Binder was also shortlisted in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards and has spent the last decade photographing British teenagers. Specially selected by a panel of the world’s leading judges from academia, museums, publishing, festivals and the media, the Professional shortlist contains exceptional bodies of work which demonstrate artistic prowess and provide audiences with captivating stories about humanity and the contemporary world.

 

2019 Sony WPA Student Shortlist 

The Student shortlist features bodies of work by ten students at leading higher education institutions from across the world. Shortlisted photographers come from a range of countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina and Canada. Students were first challenged to produce a series of 3-5 images responding to the brief, “Evolution”. From this, ten students were shortlisted and received Sony cameras with which they have created a second series of work inspired by the brief “Belong”.

Joel Davies

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Joel Davies, a 22 year-old student at Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London, was shortlisted for the series Ageing Love. Davies has since created his second series titled Adieu - an emotionally charged series that depicts the student’s French girlfriend preparing for life beyond Brexit, and her uncertainty at what is to come beyond university.

All shortlisted series will be exhibited as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, from April 18 until May 6, 2019.

 

 

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