The World Photography Organisation has announced the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories. This year the competition had a record number of over 122,000 entries from 170 countries.
Canadian Meaghan Ogilvie was selected for the shortlist in the Professional Fashion and Beauty category. One of her selected images (above) is from a series she did shooting underwater. She wanted to explore weightlessness and freedom of mobility after having witnessed the effects of Multiple Systems Atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder, in her father. Ogilvie said, “Shooting underwater has been one of the best experiences I’ve had as a photographer. It is full of challenges and surprises. I didn’t have scuba gear when shooting, so I was holding my breath along with the model. It definitely made it more challenging, but we made our own rhythm submerging and ascending.”
Photojournalist Ed Kashi, a member of VII Photo, was also selected for the shortlist in the Professional Current Affairs category. The above photo was taken by Kashi while on assignment to cover Hurricane Sandy through iPhone images uploaded in real time for Time magazine’s Instagram feed. His work is an example of the new ways photojournalists and major publications are beginning to cover news.
From April 26 through May 12, the work of all the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited during the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London. The winners of the Professional category and L’Iris D’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year will be announced on April 25; the winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced March 19.