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The World Photography Organisation Reveals the Shortlists for 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

©Meaghan Ogilvie, Canada, shortlisted in the Fashion & Beauty category in the Professional Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2013

©Meaghan Ogilvie, Canada, shortlisted in the Fashion & Beauty category in the Professional Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2013

The World Photography Organisation today revealed shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

Canadian Professional photographer Meaghan Ogilvie has been shortlisted in the Fashion & Beauty category in the Professional Competition, in addition to four Canadian photographers commended in the Open Competition and five Canadian photographers commended in Youth Competition.

10 Canadian Photographers in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards categories include:

  • Professional Competition

    • Meaghan Ogilvie, Into the Depths, Canon 5D Mark I and II, Fashion Category
  • Open Competition
    • Catherine Dumont, Under the Highway, 5D Mark II, Enhanced Category
    • Shawn Reynolds, Night Light, Sony NEX-7, Low Light Category
    • Julie Hahn, On the Taku 2, D700, Panoramic Category
    • Fang Tong, Symphony, Nikon D700, Split Second Category
  • Youth Competition
    • Yi Xu, City Anatomy: Stomach, Canon EOS 7D, Culture Category
    • Whyishnave Suthagar, Vesti la giubba, Nikon D5000, Culture Category
    • parham karimi, Sky and Earth conjunction, D80, Environment Category
    • Natasha Comeau, Nikon D5100, Portraits Category
    • Tyler Zheng, a330, Portraits Category


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2013 Sony World Photography Awards Professional and Open shortlists announced

  • Highest ever number of entries – over 122,000 from 170 countries
  • Originality and quality shine through
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Toronto, 5 February, 2013:  The World Photography Organisation today reveals the shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

In a year that saw over 122,000 entries from 170 countries – the highest number of submissions to date – the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal.  Topics ranged from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict to the Obama presidential campaign; an intimate study of cinema-goers in Kabul to quirky and witty shots of the animal kingdom.

Bringing together the very best international contemporary photography, the shortlist offers a unique insight into 2012 through the eyes of some of the world’s best emerging and established photography talents.  Photographers returning to the awards include: Javier Arcenillas (Spain); Robin Hammond (New Zealand) and Paolo Pellegrin (Italy).  Exciting up-and-coming photographers new to the awards include Ed Kashi (USA) and Andrea Gjestvang (Norway).

The Honorary Jury, which selected the Professional shortlist, was chaired by Catherine Chermayeff, Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos.  She comments: “What an invigorating three days – which resulted in lively and passionate debates. I think we, the jurors, all began this process and felt overwhelmed. I am delighted to say that by day three, each group proudly presented and argued for our respective shortlists and found surprising strength in the shortlist submissions across all categories.”

Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, adds: “The World Photography Organisation is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world.  The shortlist is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience.”

The work of all the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.  The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

The Open and Youth category winners will be announced on 19 March.

Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 25 April.  The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD). All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

For further information and for access to the WPO press centre please contact:

Jill Cotton at World Photography Organisation
+44 (0) 20 7886 3146/ + 44 (0)7557 261 537 /


Professional Competition

Honorary Jury

Presiding Chair: Catherine Chermayoff (USA), Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos

Chairs: Edmund Clark (UK) Photographer; Tim Paton (UK), Managing Director, Balcony Jump; Francesca Sears (UK), Director, Panos Profile at Panos Pictures and Monica Suder (Germany) Photographic Consultant and Coach

Additional Jury: Juana de Aizpuru (Spain), Gallery Director, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru; Chien-Chi Chang (Taiwan) Magnum Photographer; Brandei Estes (France), Assistant Director, Galerie Nelson Freeman; Macduff Everton (USA), Photographer; Caroline Metcalfe (UK), Director of Photography, Conde Nast Traveller: Andrew Sanigar (UK), Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson and Fiona Shields (UK), Picture Editor, The Guardian.

The Honorary Jury were required to choose a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 photographers per category.  Photographers entered a minimum of three and maximum of 10 images per category and were judged on a body of work.  All images must have been taken in 2012 or first published in 2012.  One winner per category will be chosen from the finalists and announced on 25 April 2013.

*Photographers are listed alphabetically


  • Fabrice Fouillet, France
  • Reinis Hofmanis, Latvia
  • Christof Pluemacher, Germany


  • Dilip Bhatia, India
  • Yannic Bartolozzi, Switzerland
  • André Ferreira, Brazil
  • Julia Anna Gospodarou, Greece

Arts & Culture

  • Myriam Meloni, Italy
  • Niccolo Rastrelli, Italy
  • Danish Siddiqui, India


  • Yannick Cormier, France
  • Fausto Podavini, Italy
  • Daniele Tamagni, Italy


  • Christian Aslund, Sweden
  • Spencer Murphy, UK
  • Scout Tufankjian, USA


  • Satirat Damampai, Thailand
  • Tomoe Hayakawa, Japan
  • Brooks Kraft, USA
  • Andreas Meichsner, Germany
  • Tine Poppe, Norway
  • F. Scott Schafer, USA
  • Michael Schnabel, Germany


  • Edurne Aguinaga, Spain
  • Florian Ruiz, France
  • Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine


  • Julia Borissova, Russia
  • Maia Flore, France
  • Gail Albert Halana, USA
  • Jenny Magruder, USA
  • Sergey Varaksin, Russia

Current Affairs

  • Paolo Pellegrin, Italy
  • Ilya Pitalev, Russia


  • Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy
  • Colin Delfosse, Belgium
  • Ed Kashi, USA
  • Andrew Lubimov, Ukraine
  • Angelos Tzortzinis, Greece
  • Oliver Weiken, Germany
  • Alexander Junior Zemlianichenko, Russia

Contemporary Issues

  • Valerio Bispuri, Italy
  • Samuel James, USA
  • Daesung Lee, Republic of Korea


  • Javier Arcenillas, Spain
  • Adam Dean, UK
  • Robin Hammond, New Zealand
  • Justin Jin, Hong Kong
  • Peter Muller, USA
  • Altaf Qadri, India

Fashion & Beauty

  • Thierry Bouët, France
  • Alice Pavesi, Italy
  • Klaus Thymann, Denmark


  • Rory Carnegie, UK
  • Rafal Milach, Poland
  • Filippo Mutani, Italy
  • Meaghan Ogilvie, Canada
  • Dominik Tarabanski, Poland


  • Regis Boileau, France
  • Arjen Schmitz, Netherlands
  • Nenad Slijic, Croatia


  • Sandra Herd, Australia
  • Li Fan, China
  • Bernhard Winkler, Germany
  • Kechun Zhang, China


  • Alice Caputo, Italy
  • Fausto Podavini, Italy
  • Kuni Takahashi, Japan


  • Aleksey Myakishev, Russia
  • Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh

Nature & Wildlife

  • Hudson Garcia, Brazil
  • Ernest Goh, Singapore
  • Satoru Kondo, Japan


  • Regis Boileau, France
  • Walter Fogel, Germany
  • Mehmet Karaca, Turkey
  • Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain


  • Balazs Gardi, Hungary
  • Andrea Gjestvang, Norway
  • Pete Muller, US


  • Adam Dean, UK
  • Ivan Kashinsky, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • Jacek Świerczyński, Poland
  • Michela Taeggi, Italy
  • Paul Wenham-Clarke, UK
  • Lisa  Whiltse, US


  • Marcco Ceccaroni, Italy
  • Maxim Dondyuk, Ukraine
  • Li Fan, China
  • Jens Juul, Denmark
  • Davide Monteleone, Italy
  • Agnieszka Rayss, Poland


  • Isabela Pacini, Brazil
  • Ryan Pierse, Australia
  • Adam Pretty, Australia


  • Fernando Borges, Brazil
  • Michael Löwa, Germany
  • Yusuke Murata, Japan
  • Alma Photos, Italy
  • Vilhelm Stokstad, Sweden
  • Rob van Thienen, Belgium
  • Robin Utrecht, Netherlands

Still Life

  • Rastislav Čambal, Czech Republic
  • Vanessa Colareta, Peru
  • Nick Todak, USA


  • Daniel Duart, Spain
  • Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany
  • Gali Tibbon, Israel


  • Matteo Butturini, Italy
  • Agurtxane Concellon, Norway
  • Scott Stulburg, USA
  • Val Proudkii, USA

Open competition

Judging committee:

Presiding Chair: Damien Demolder (UK), Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine

Additional Jury: Astrid Merget, Creative Director, World Photography Organisation

Judges could select up to 10 shortlisted images per category and photographers were judged on a single snapshot in any category.  All photographs must have been taken in 2012.  One winner will be chosen per category and announced on 19 March 2013.  The overall Open winner will be announced 25 April.


  • Martina Biccheri, Italy
  • Flavio D’Aquino, Italy
  • István Forgács, Hungary
  • Ralph Gräf, Germany
  • Paweł Karasiński, Poland
  • Igor Krieg, Germany
  • Peter Mysticdidge Plorin, Germany
  • Jens Oliver Klaffs, Germany
  • Max van Son, Netherlands
  • Алексей Скрипин, Russia

Arts and Culture

  • Mohdfaridzazhar Azhar, Malaysia
  • Dibyendu Dey Choudhury, India
  • Arup Ghosh, India
  • Jessica Hetke, Germany
  • Hg Chai Hock, Singapore
  • Fahmy Husain, Indonesia
  • Anurag Kumar, India
  • Chen Long Wen, Malaysia
  • Mohammad reza Masoumi, Iran
  • Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong


  • Gerhard Burger, Germany
  • Danny Cohen, Australia
  • Michal Giedrojc, Poland
  • Samad Ghorbanzadeh, Iran
  • Michel Lagarde, France
  • Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
  • Nina Piatrouskaya, Belarus
  • Christine Simpson, Ireland
  • Victoria Panasenko, Ukraine
  • Chanhoe Kim, Korea

Low Light

  • Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan
  • Tatjana Bachmistova, Lithuania
  • Harry Fisch, Spain
  • Yi-Hsien Lee, Taiwan
  • Torsten Muehlbacher, Austria
  • Manish Patel, UK
  • Chris Round, Australia
  • Cemil Seyis, Turkey
  • Tino Solomon, UK

Nature & Wildlife

  • Marek Andrzejewski, Poland
  • Roberto Bettacchi, Italy
  • Peter Delaney, South Africa
  • Frederick van Heerden, South Africa
  • Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria
  • John Matzick, USA
  • Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
  • Petar Sabol, Croatia
  • Ricardo Venerando, Brazil
  • Christian Vizl, Mexico


  • Luca Benini, Italy
  • Florian Breuer, South Africa
  • Jason Hipp, USA
  • Konrad Lenz, Germany
  • Fabricio Pretti, UK
  • Anatoly Rudakov, Germany
  • Michael Schulze, Germany
  • Christian Stangl, Austria
  • Pawel Uchorczak, Poland
  • Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore


  • Ahmad Al Rikaby, UK
  • Ali Asadi, Iran
  • Miguel Candela, Spain
  • Karolina Grabowska, Poland
  • Paolo Mezzera, Italy
  • Reza Nezamdust, Iran
  • Louise Porter, USA
  • Roman Shalenkin, Russia
  • Natalia Wiernik, Poland
  • Tadahiko Hisatomi, Japan


  • Abhijit Dey, India
  • Eleri Griffiths, UK
  • Madhabendu Hensh, India,
  • Huu Hung Truong, Vietnam
  • Mac Kwan, China
  • Dinh Manh Tai, Vietnam
  • Paulo Mittelman, Brazil
  • Sandipan Mukherjee, India
  • Nick Riley, UK
  • Boguslawa Trela, Poland

Split Second

  • Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh
  • Gregory Bogaert, Belgium
  • Massimo Ferrero, Italy
  • Matías Gálvez, Chile
  • Nicola Genchi, Italy
  • Tamás Nagy, Hungary
  • Fabian Oefner, Switzerland
  • Barbara Roppo, Italy
  • Markus Reugels, Germany
  • Kazi Riasat Alve, Bangladesh


  • Peyman Bordbar, Iran
  • Andrey Ermolaev Russia x 2
  • Manny Fajutag, Philippines
  • Maciej Grzegorzek, Poland
  • Maciej Makowski, Poland
  • Hajdu Tamas, Romania
  • Nathan Wills, Australia
  • Елена Мозговая, Ukraine
  • Artem Zhushman, Russia

Youth competition

Open to photographers aged under 20 year old and judged by the World Photography Organisation.


  • Biswajit Biswas, Bangladesh
  • Ilia Filin, Hungary
  • Achilleas Georgallidis, Greece
  • Abdelrhman Hussein, Egypt
  • Yusuf Kadermia, USA
  • Julia Merrick, Australia
  • Toby Pickard, UK
  • Fyodor Telkov, Russia x 2


  • Anders Austrheim, Norway
  • Henrik Follesø Egeland, Norway
  • Robert Gifford, UK
  • Galina Kapitonova, Russia
  • Jimmy, Taiwan
  • Lior Kestenberg, Israel
  • Ramin Krause, Germany
  • Joe Stockdale, UK
  • Marin Sušlić, Croatia
  • Michael Wilkie, Australia


  • Marina Abdullaeva, Russia
  • Valida Babayeva, Azerbaijan
  • Samantha Bermúdez, Argentina
  • Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania
  • Alyona Korolyova, Russia
  • Jonathan Liu, Singapore
  • Julia Merrick, Australia
  • Diko Risanto, Indonesia
  • Berta Vicente, Spain

For further information and for access to the WPO press centre please contact:

Jill Cotton at World Photography Organisation
+44 (0) 20 7886 3146/ + 44 (0)7557 261 537 /