From the series “At the end of the day” by Laetitia Vançon, France, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. “This series is a portrait of a territory through the prism of its younger generation. The Outer Hebrides are a string of islands (220km long with 27,000 inhabitants), located in the far North of Scotland, on the edge of what used to be Europe before Brexit. What is the daily life of these young people, in a place where the population is aging and the economy is declining, where jobs and studies but also their choice of partners are limited? Danielle Mac Gillivray 28 years old, raises alone her son Peter, four years old. She works in her father’s souvenir shop in Benbecula, the island where she lived and grew up. A single mother, suffering from multiple sclerosis, Danielle is aware that in her small community it will not be easy to rebuild her life.”
The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards are in full swing, as we head toward the final awards ceremony in April. After announcing the Open competition single image winners, the 2019 Professional shortlist has been revealed. Judged anonymously by international photo experts, the 2019 shortlist is a vibrant and diverse look at today’s professional photography.
This year, professional photographers from 161 countries submitted their work, which was entered as a series of five to ten photographs. In the end, 30 countries are represented on the shortlist, including Nevis, Finland, Japan, Colombia, and Iran. This international flair is part of what makes the Sony World Photography Awards a leader in highlighting emerging and established talent and worldwide storytelling.
From moving photo essays that touch on issues of human rights to explorations of how we are in danger of eroding natural habitats, the work of these photographers is a slice of contemporary life around the world. The World Photography Organisation, which runs the contest, writes, “each series demonstrate artistic prowess and expertize in photographic techniques, editing, and visual storytelling, providing audiences with captivating stories about humanity and the contemporary world. Each series is a visual masterpiece that clearly demonstrates the photographer’s point of view.”
The shortlisted photographers will now compete both within each category and for the top prize of $25,000 if they are named Photographer of the Year. The winners will be revealed on April 17, 2019 at an awards ceremony in London.
Take a look at some of our favorite images from the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Professional shortlist.