Sony Photography Awards 2016 – Shortlist Revealed!

This year’s Sony World Photography Awards has seen a record number of entries, with over 230,000 photos entered from 186 different countries; a third more than in 2015.

Out of that huge number, the shortlist has now been chosen – scroll below and judge for yourself. All the captions are quotes from the Sony World Photography Awards or the photographer. Winners will be announced on 21 April and exhibited at Somerset House, London.

The Professional Competition

“Iconic B” (Staged category), Alberto Alicata, Italy

"Iconic B" (Staged category), Alberto Alicata, Italy

“In this project, Alberto Alicata traces the history of photography … resorting to the use of a symbol of contemporary Western culture: Barbie.” Alberto Alicata / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Real world aliens” (Environment), by Alexander Semenov, Russia

"Real world aliens" (Environment), by Alexander Semenov, Russia

“This series represents exploration of the most extreme and far cold-water seas, washing the coasts of Russia, because only few people in the world had the chance to dive there.” Alexander Semenov / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Way-Out Miami” (Candid), by Giancarlo Ceraudo, Italy

"Way-Out Miami" (Candid), by Giancarlo Ceraudo, Italy

“Miami is an incredible city, multifaceted, a modern Babylon. From Ocean Drive to Downtown, the city enjoys great popularity due to the charm of its buildings, nightlife and trendy life.” Giancarlo Ceraudo / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Les Bronzeurs” (Candid), by Alexandre Pruvost, France

"Les Bronzeurs" (Candid), by Alexandre Pruvost, France

“In Paris, when the sun is back, the ‘bronzeur’ goes along the Seine. Wearing clothes or almost naked, he is looking for the perfect spot to enjoy the sun.” Alexandre Pruvost / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Joy for all ages …” (Candid), by Andrea Rossato, Italy

"Joy for all ages ..." (Candid), by Andrea Rossato, Italy

“The summer holidays at sea are a time of joy and fun for all ages.” Andrea Rossato / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“#365, Unpacked” (Campaign), by Antoine Repessé, France

"#365, Unpacked" (Campaign), by Antoine Repessé, France

“#365, Unpacked is the result of four years’ work during which the photographer has stopped throwing away his recycled waste, and has collected it instead.” Antoine Repesse / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Beached” (Conceptual), by Alejandro Beltran, Venezuela

"Beached" (Conceptual), by Alejandro Beltran, Venezuela

“Beached humans on unknown shores.” Alejandro Beltran / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Towards to the past” (Daily Life), by Anton Unitsyn, Russia

"Towards to the past" (Daily Life), by Anton Unitsyn, Russia

“In the 16th century Solvichegodsk was founded as a salt mine. The name of the city is formed with Russian word ‘sol’ which means salt, and the name of the nearby river Vichegda.” Unitsyn Anton / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Picasso’s Women” (Staged), by Cristina Vatielli, Italy

"Picasso's Women" (Staged), by Cristina Vatielli, Italy

“The project consists of seven photographic shots, each representing one of the women who influenced the sentimental life and artistic work of Pablo Picasso: Eva Gouel, Gaby Depeyre, Olga KhaKhlova, Marie-Therese Walter, Dora Maar, Francoise Gilot and Jacqueline Rocque.” Cristina Vatielli / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Lion” (Campaign), by David Chancellor, UK

"Lion" (Campaign), by David Chancellor, UK

“When the world learned in late July 2015 about the death of Cecil the Lion, a beloved resident of a national park in Zimbabwe who had been lured away by hunters, then killed and beheaded for a trophy, outrage came swiftly.” David Chancellor / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“The curse of coal” (Daily Life), by Espen Rasmussen, Norway

"The curse of coal" (Daily Life), by Espen Rasmussen, Norway

“Coal used to be the gold of West Virginia, US. But then Obama came and new environmental regulations. Together with lower price on coal, it led to huge redundancies and the coal became a curse for many of the coal cities in West Virginia.” Espen Rasmussen / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Stateless Women” (Portraiture), by Fauzan Ijazah, Indonesia

"Stateless Women" (Portraiture), by Fauzan Ijazah, Indonesia

“In May 2015, hundreds of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have landed in several areas of Aceh, Indonesia, including Lhoksukon, Kuala Cangkoi, Kuala Langsa, Bayeun and Kuala Simpang. Some of them reached the shore on their own, but most of them were rescued off at sea by the Acehnese fishermen.” Fauzan Ijazah / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Made in Korea” (People), by Filippo Venturi, Italy

"Made in Korea" (People), by Filippo Venturi, Italy

“Until the ’60s, South Korea was almost a medieval country, poor and underdeveloped. After just 50 years, South Korea is now one of the most advanced countries in the world. The rush towards modernity has been fostered by imposing a huge sense of competition and a painstaking effort to reach scolastic, aesthetic and professional perfection.” Filippo Venturi / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Little fighters” (Sport), by Jens Juul, Denmark

"Little fighters" (Sport), by Jens Juul, Denmark

“The atmosphere is good and there is loud music playing in the gym in Copenhagen where the elite girls train gymnastics 20 hours a week.” Jens Juul / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“The philosopher” (Staged) by Juliette Blanchard, France

"The philosopher" (Staged) by Juliette Blanchard, France

“The Philosopher is an expression of absurdity in an absurd world, eruption of freedom in skimpy landscapes, anarchic dancing in a shabby architecture.” Juliette Blanchard / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“The Selfie Project” (Staged), by Kristoffer Eliassen, Norway

"The Selfie Project" (Staged), by Kristoffer Eliassen, Norway

“I want to explore how self portraiture for many people has become an obsession, and how presence in a self portrait situation is absent, or becomes a peculiar part of the selfie act.” Kristoffer Eliassen / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“California Drought From Above” (Environment), by Lucy Nicholson, UK

"California Drought From Above" (Environment), by Lucy Nicholson, UK

“California’s snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state’s water, was at its lowest level on record in 2015.” Lucy Nicholson / Reuters / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“A look behind El Salvador’s new Iron Fist approach” (Contemporary Issues), by Marielle van Uitert, Netherlands

"A look behind El Salvador’s new Iron Fist approach" (Contemporary Issues), by Marielle van Uitert, Netherlands

“We arrived in El Salvador to see for ourselves the human effects of the violence that is rapidly making the country the deadliest place in the world.” Marielle Van Uitert / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Women’s Team Free Synchronised Swimming Kazan 2015” (Sport), by Matthias Hangst, Germany

"Women's Team Free Synchronised Swimming Kazan 2015" (Sport), by Matthias Hangst, Germany

“Teams compete in the Women’s Team Free Synchronised Swimming Preliminary on day four of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on July 28, 2015 in Kazan, Russia.” Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

“Second Best” (Sport), by Nikolai Linares, Denmark

"Second Best" (Sport), by Nikolai Linares, Denmark

“Portraits of the silver medal winners just after losing their final at the Zealand boxing championships held in Copenhagen in March.” Nikolai Linares / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Fight for your dreams – The boxers of Bukom” (Sport), by Patrick Sinkel, Germany

"Fight for your dreams – The boxers of Bukom" (Sport), by Patrick Sinkel, Germany

“If one is thinking about countries being successful in boxing, just a few will have Ghana in mind. But Ghana produced a couple of world champions in boxing – the most famous one being Azumah Nelson.” Patrick Sinkel / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Animals vs. Jewellery” (Still Life), by Oliver Schwarzwald, Germany

"Animals vs. Jewellery" (Still Life), by Oliver Schwarzwald, Germany

“Editorial for Germany’s Stern magazine, jewelry special.” Oliver Schwarzwald / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“‘Walé, 2ème regard’” (Portraiture), by Patrick Willocq, France

"‘Walé, 2ème regard’" (Portraiture), by Patrick Willocq, France

“For the Ekondas pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the most important moment in the life of a woman is the birth of her first child. The young mother is called Walé (first time nursing mother).” Patrick Willocq / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Ruins” (Architecture), by Petr Antonov, Russia

"Ruins" (Architecture), by Petr Antonov, Russia

“The series reflects on the role and place of the ruined church in contemporary Russian landscape, and on how it relates to the perception of time and history in present-day Russia.” Petr Antonov / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Flesh Love Returns” (Staged), by Photographer Hal, Japan

"Flesh Love Returns" (Staged), by Photographer Hal, Japan

“Flesh Love Returns shows men and women who are attracted to each other and try to become one. This fundamental desire carries an energy that affects all matter in the world.” Haruihiko Kawaguchi / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“RIC Hornets” (Campaign), by Rob Gregory, United States

"RIC Hornets" (Campaign), by Rob Gregory, United States

“These images were created for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Adaptive Sports Program and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.” Rob Gregory / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Pools” (Architecture), by Stephan Zirwes, Germany

"Pools" (Architecture), by Stephan Zirwes, Germany

“The Pools series is a study of water, one of the most precious resources for life on our planet.” Stephan Zirwes / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Running Away with the Circus” (Daily Life), by Stephanie Sinclair, United

"Running Away with the Circus" (Daily Life), by Stephanie Sinclair, United

“There are more than 300 people with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus blue unit, representing 25 different countries and speaking everything from Russian to Arabic to Guarani.” Stephanie Sinclair / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Kinshasa, Paris of Africa 2025” (Candid), by Yvonne Brandwijk, Netherlands

"Kinshasa, Paris of Africa 2025" (Candid), by Yvonne Brandwijk, Netherlands

“The Democratic Republic of the Congo is known for its war, rebels, and poverty, but when it comes to style and fashion its capital, Kinshasa, is an inspiration for many people on the African continent.” Yvonne Brandwijk I Future Cities / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Open Competition

“Sea baby” (Nature and Wildlife), by Andrey Narchuk, Russia

"Sea baby" (Nature and Wildlife), by Andrey Narchuk, Russia

“Bering sea. Commander islands, baby fur seal.” Andrey Narchuk / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Larung Gar” (Architecture), by Attila Balogh, Hungary

"Larung Gar" (Architecture), by Attila Balogh, Hungary

“Home of 40,000 Buddhist monks in Sichuan province.” Attila Balogh / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“The tourists and the pelicans” (People), by Elie Kauffmann, France

"The tourists and the pelicans" (People), by Elie Kauffmann, France

“While I was cruising with my girlfriend in Namibia, two tourists were obstinate about those birds. Finally they were just looking the same.” Elie Kauffmann / , 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Flying into the sunset”, (Nature and Wildlife), by Eric Madeja, Switzerland

"Flying into the sunset", (Nature and Wildlife), by Eric Madeja, Switzerland

“I came across this juvenile flying fish while diving in open water near Tubbataha Reefs, Philippines.” Eric Madeja / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Open air” (People), by Karolis Janulis, Lithuania

"Open air" (People), by Karolis Janulis, Lithuania

“People on mass yoga exercise in the central park of Vilnius.” Karolis Janulis / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Too Much Practice” (Split Second), by Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Malaysia

"Too Much Practice" (Split Second), by Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Malaysia

“This image was taken in Bali during Melasti Festival. The festival is conducted once a year in conjunction with Nyepi or Silent Day.” Khairel Anuar Che Ani / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Reindeer farmer kids” (Smile) by Peter Voss, Germany

"Reindeer farmer kids" (Smile) by Peter Voss, Germany

“Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia.” Peter Voss / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Cloud Flamingo” (Nature and Wildlife) by Steiner Wang, Taiwan

"Cloud Flamingo" (Nature and Wildlife) by Steiner Wang, Taiwan

“I’ve used water reflection [so] the grass looks like a cloud. So I named it Cloud Flamingo.” Steiner Wang / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Playing in Dusty Dusk” (Arts and Culture), by MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh

"Playing in Dusty Dusk" (Arts and Culture), by MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh

“The last five days of Kartika month are known as Bhisma-Panacaka. Grandfather Bhisma fasted for these five days, preparing to give up his life.” Tanveer Rohan / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

“Farming the Sea” (Travel), by Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong

"Farming the Sea" (Travel), by Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong

“A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China.” Tugo Cheng / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Youth Competition

“Nouveau riche” (Portrait), by Talia Rudofsky, United Kingdom

"Nouveau riche" (Portrait), by Talia Rudofsky, United Kingdom

“Taken in Cannes, France 2015. I took this photograph on Promenade de la Croisette, during my summer holiday. Whilst everyone is mostly new wealth, this woman stood out, as she is relatively modest in appearance, and accompanied by a dog, as well as being elderly.” Talia Rudofsky / 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

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