From the evocative to the sudden, the travel photos on the shortlist for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards give a revealing perception into life across the world.
Nearly 320,000 photos have been submitted from over 200 nations, with the competitors seeing a 40% enhance in entries in comparison with final 12 months.
Ten photographers have been shortlisted within the Travel cagetory; one of many Open classes that features Culture, Enhanced, Motion and Street Photography that takes entries from non-professional photographers. In the Travel part, American photographer Richard Winston was shortlisted for his black and white photograph taken in Namibia, Africa. He explains how he obtained the shot: “It was taken near the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. I walked down dune behind the transports to get a sense of scale of the dunes we had driven up. Looking back up, the vehicles seemed to be suspended in the air.”
Shortlisted works embody lovely imagery of frozen lakes, sunlit deserts and hidden forests; beautiful portraits of faces from across the world, and distinctive insights in cultures and traditions that may in any other case be unseen.
The Sony World Photography Awards are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed trade professionals. The 2018 Professional competitors jury was chaired by Mike Trow (ex Picture Editor, British Vogue) with representatives from worldwide museums, publishing and the media.
Amongst the shortlisted are Danish photographer Mikkel Beiter who took a photograph of a cabin on a lake in Norway. He explains: “This composition is quite popular amongst photographers at the moment and it’s easy to understand why! The beautiful Mount Olstinden has almost the same shape as the roof of this cute yellow cabin and the yellow color creates some amazing contrast to the snow-covered mountain. I’ve removed a small cabin on the left side during post process. Besides that, colour correction, contrast and sharpness have been done with Lightroom and Photoshop.”
Category winners can be introduced on 20 March, and Open Photographer of the Year revealed on 19 April. All shortlisted and profitable photos can be exhibited as a part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London. The exhibition will run from 20 April till 6 May.