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Behind the Lens – 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Featuring the freshest faces of photography, the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards brings in the best from every corner of the globe. Over 122,000 photographs were considered for only 15 categories-and these powerful images will definitely place these photographers in the spotlight. Presented by the World Photography Organization, photographers were given the opportunity to get their foot through the door, while also receiving a bundle of prizes.

L’Iris d’Or/ World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2013 winner, Norwegian Andrea Gjestvang, visually captured the strength of a woman who boldly showcased her injuries. While Open Photographer of the Year recipient, Vietnamese Hoang Hiep, featured a fearless girl in the midst of a storm. As she boldly grips her notebook, Hiep aims to convey how, “When confronting challenges, she will never give up.” Within the Architecture division, Frenchman Fabrice Fouillet focused on legendary landmarks from Germany to France. With sunlight streaming through the vast windows, the subtle shades of color created a breathtaking result.  To see the stunning imagery for yourself, head over to London’s Somerset House  through May 12 or check out this year’s Sony World Photography Awards Book.

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While over in Italy, Arts and Culture winner Myriam Meloni focused on transformation-whether it be Argentinean twins journeying to their  Quinceanera and becoming women, or the interior of an electric blue 1972 Ford Fairlane redesigned as a limo. Also from Meloni’s home, photographer Valerio Bispuri‘s black and white photos of South American penitentiaries received the Contemporary Issues honor, as the intense gaze of inmates peering through the bars evoked power. Rounding out a trio of Italian winners, Lifestyle recipient Alice Caputo gave viewers a raw, yet refreshing persepctive of a family’s holiday getaway. Jumping a few nations over to Croatia, Nenad Saljic provided an ethereal bird’s eye view of the Swiss Matterhorn, as the strength of the mountain definitely connected to audiences. Most importantly Saljic desired “to compress the passing of time the beauty of the wind and the clouds dancing around the mountain.” Representing Ukraine, Roman Pyatkovka portrayed fading imagery of vixens (taken by underground photogs) over severe “Soviet Photo” mag pics. Pyatkovka’s pics were tongue-in-cheek and definitely connected to a modern audience.

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Two Danish photographers, Klaus Thymann for fashion and Jens Juul for Portraiture were recognized for their forceful mood in their pictures. Thymann journeyed to frigid Iceland, as a glacier lake played with the man’s somber blue attire, ultimately letting “fashion and nature merge together in a bright and beautiful way.” The lack of color in Juul’s images let the details do the talking, leaving us wanting to know more about his subjects. Swedish Christian Åslund gave us a fun aerial perspective by shooting from a skyscraper in Hong Kong in the Campaign section, morphing the man into a video-game character through an optical, flattening illusion. Russian Ilya Pitalev‘s images highlighted the stark contrast of colors between civilians and soldiers in N. Korea within the Current Affairs section.

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Going down under, Australian Adam Pretty showcased the intensity of competition in the Sport division, with the bright lights overhead. Pretty captured an Olympic diver mid-spin and Usain Bolt sprinting to the lead, leaving us in awe of top-notch athletes. Peruvian Vanessa Colareta modernized the classic Spanish Still Life from the Prado Museum, by making tantalizing fruits a mouth-watering focus on multiculturalism within the competition’s Still Life category. While over in Israel, Gali Tibbon mesmerized audiences with his austere pictures. As a pilgrim visited Lalibela, Ethopia, light flowed through a cross-shaped opening on a church wall as Tibbon perfectly captured the moment for the Travel division. Japanese Satoru Kondo paralleled femininity and flowers within the Nature and Wildlife section. From tulips to callayilies, Kondo let each flower stand apart, since he believes, “Every flower has [a] different [and] most beautiful moment.” The Student Focus Photographer of the year winner, the Polish Natalia Wiernik, creatively camouflaged her subjects in popping prints that meshed with the wild wallpaper. Remember these names- because they may be legends in the making ! Written by Mary Anderson.


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