• Entries from America up 57 % on 2015
  • Record number of entries – 230,103 images, 33% increase on 2015
  • Open and Youth category winners revealed 29th March
  • Overall winners revealed 21st April 

London,  23 February 2016Fifteen American photographers are today named on the shortlist of the world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards. They are now competing to win their category and the over all Professional, Open and Youth photographer of the Year titles plus a share of the $30,000 (USD) prize, the winners will be announced at a Gala Ceremony in London 21st April.In addition to the fifteen American photographers, additional seven photographers of other nationalities, based in the US, are named on the shortlist.

Selected by an expert panel of judges (full list here) the shortlisted photographers are:

Professional competition
Rob Gregory, Campaign / Ed Kashi, Campaign / Vladimir Frumin, Conceptual / Andrew Burton, Current Affairs / Brendan Hoffman, Current Affairs / Stephanie Sinclair, Daily Life / Kiliii Fish, Still Life / Giles Clarke (British), Campaign / Jason Koxvold (British), Current Affairs / Lucy Nicholson (British), Environment / Max Knight(British), Landscape / Zhe Zhu (Chinese), Environment / Lawrence Sumulong (Filipino), Conceptual / Julien Roubinet (French), Still Life

Open competition 
Vincent Frascello, Low Light / Mark Fulinara, Split Second / Anasuya Mandal (Indian), Travel / Swee Choo Oh (Malaysian), Arts and Culture / Filip Wolak (Polish), Architecture  / Mickael Szymanski (French), Enhanced

Youth competition 
Lake Lewis, Environment / Charlie Burr, Environment / Sam Delaware, Portrait / Gina Ienopoli, Portrait / Aaliyah Snider, Portrait / Arno Goetz, Portrait / Leena Meyers(German), Culture


The shortlisted images were selected from a record-breaking 230,103 entries from 186 countries, the highest number of entries in the awards’ nine year history and 33% increase on 2015. The total number of entries received by the Sony World Photography Awards since its launch in 2007 has now surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing the awards’ position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in the world.

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