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2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed

By dpreview staff on Feb 8, 2014 at 06:00 GMT
2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed
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2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed

Shanghai cityscape by Arjen Schmitz. See the rest of the shortlisted images on the World Photography Organisation website

Via: The Guardian, Source: Sony

Comments

Total comments: 66
Anns4
By Anns4 (1 month ago)

I love the 1st one, is it come from central asia? The Kazakhstan and his eagle? looks like a faded lifestyle

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (2 months ago)

6, 8, 10 and 12...hope those get top spot..the rest...don't know

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Resom
By Resom (2 months ago)

1 - hmm, don´t know. Nothing special.
2 - good, but not special
3 - I unterstand the idea, but this is really a plain snapshot
4 - interresting, but overprocessing at its best?
5 - huh? I miss the cat?
6 - wow, very good point of view, like it!
7 - ?
8 - wow², never seen this! Thanks!
9 - flat, don´t like it
10 - wow³, great shot!
11 - I see the pain, but not the vision
12 - nice

No doubt, the most pictures are better what I'm doing. But some picture truly not from "World Photography Awards finalists".

Picture 5 ... sorry, but mum make a snapshot of her p*ssed-off doughter, because she must sing in front of 10.000 people in the show "Sweet Pink Girls Superstars"?

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f8pc
By f8pc (2 months ago)

Spot on analysis.

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John Photographer
By John Photographer (2 months ago)

Some very nice work loved image 6 but you should have a look at the One Eyeland Award Winners

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vicpug
By vicpug (2 months ago)

Pedestrian collection of cliche images.

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BIJ001
By BIJ001 (2 months ago)

My favorites are #4 and #9.

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MrGubrz
By MrGubrz (2 months ago)

wow theres actually a lot of great shots here! i think i usually tend to think "boring.. of COURSE they made it into the finals" for a lot of contesty type things, but a good amount of these really snagged me!

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (2 months ago)

#8 is just crazy. That is a LOT of portable bridges.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (2 months ago)

Some great shots in there, but also some some that are either weak or cliched, namely:

Numbers 3 and 7 are average shots that I would certainly not rank among the best shots of the year.

Numbers 8 and 10 are great shots, but are cliched. I have seen similar shots of the same subjects before as finalists in photo competitions. The buffalo race is a perenial favourite among action phogographers, and a photo of the Indian bridge won a competition a year or two ago.

S.

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

I agree with '3' but I quite like '8' (I haven't seen it before)

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pruv
By pruv (2 months ago)

Love the cow race - funny action !

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (2 months ago)

The only explanation I can offer for no. 3 is that God exists, and he has a strange sense of humour that mere mortals cannot grasp. I don't normally vocalise while browsing the web, but that made me "WHAT?"

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Dazzer8888
By Dazzer8888 (2 months ago)

Some are quite over-processed and cheesy.........number 6 (skiers) is brilliant, totally different class

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KAMSA
By KAMSA (2 months ago)

Divided people divided choices, like One the most 7 second and 10 at last

Greetz

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Neal Hood
By Neal Hood (2 months ago)

Several truly excellent pictures. In fact they all are good. 8, 10 &11 in particular.

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Kavu
By Kavu (2 months ago)

Overprocess much?

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klopus
By klopus (2 months ago)

By over processed you mean they don't look flat, boring and unprofessional?

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Kavu
By Kavu (2 months ago)

Um. No. I meant they suck. Not all, but some.

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (2 months ago)

Some of them do suck, but it isn't because of the amount of processing. It's the composition such as the lack of a clear subject or the lack of balance. Or simply the visible lack of the effort to get a better shot when there was one.

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Kavu
By Kavu (2 months ago)

you say tomatoes....

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Digitall
By Digitall (2 months ago)

#8

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (2 months ago)

Please, bring back last year judges. Very poor selection. I'm not even talking about the 12 finalists. Some of these are good, others technically poor or very common. I've seen the final selection and many were extremely Photoshopped and others very "contemporary". 2014 is a year to forget in the Sony Awards.

Before bashing my comment, I really liked last year finalists. This year they are way worse. I've seen much better in other photos from the competition. Anyone can win. It's not a matter of better or worse photo but the personal taste of the jury. Entering a photo competition is like playing the roulette.

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

What do you mean by "contemporary"?

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

I ask because placing in quotes and in the context of your comment you seem to be using it pejoratively. Contemporary as in current? If you are making reference to style, contemporary does not constitute a style in photography or art, as it does when shopping for furniture. We might speak of contemporary in terms of concerns, ideas - work that might address a current art or photography dialog; but work ranging in aesthetic may be deemed contemporary. One could use the visual mechanics of Pictorialism, yet still be making contemporary art.

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backayonder
By backayonder (2 months ago)

I concur

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (2 months ago)

I meant, "crap as art". Most of contemporary is. Sorry if it hurts your feelings...

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

We all have differing sensibilities. Not sure how your perspective would hurt my feelings. But, in all honesty, your sentiment does seem a bit overstated as a blanket catagorization; and limiting.

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (2 months ago)

Probably i'm a bit retro. Well contemporary "art" like an exhibition of anus portraits or bushed vaginas, or a series of a guy defecting in several positions is what makes me love contemporary...

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

I'm pretty certain that "anus portraits and brushed vaginas" make up less than .1% of contemporary art.

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Just Ed
By Just Ed (2 months ago)

Some nice images, I would vote for #10.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (2 months ago)

Resolution is too low.

If I can't fill my 24" screen, I can only imagine how microscopic the images look on a 30" screen.

I hate it when the photogs/etc go nuts about plagiarism and post exclusively scaled-down samples, where the only thing clearly visible is the name/copyright/watermark of the photog.

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backayonder
By backayonder (2 months ago)

Seriously number 3 it is flat out of focus and what else can I say? congratulations.

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onlooker
By onlooker (2 months ago)

Some good images, but #8 is my runaway favorite:

http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/files/w/TS590x442?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dpreview.com%2Ffiles%2Fnews%2F8484831377%2F2f36d55a-2ac1-4381-bcf2-c43ddd114fa2-620x404.jpeg&signature=EbrysfMPVsIPomCTCMzk16lrOAY%3D&v=2736

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (2 months ago)

Nah. #10.

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

It might be helpful to know that not only was the contest separated into divisions: professional, open, and youth, but also genre/structural and conceptual/issue categories - this (as far as I see) is not explained in the text here, yet is clear on the WPO website. I've had my images shortlisted in similar contests before but always found the selections lacking in guiding criteria, scattershot. I now prefer to submit for exhibitions organised based upon concept; these have the advantage of curatorial continuity, and tend to feature work with a bit more depth and conceptual sophistication. That said, large competitions can still feature wonderful work, and are great motivation for many photographers.

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

And I failed to mention, congratulation to all those photographers chosen here - some handsome photos.

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tompower53
By tompower53 (2 months ago)

What is a great image? Certainly all of these could be.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say.

The ones you take yourself and love might be as good as any of these.

Not to pass judgment on any of the images in question but the importance or relevance of an image is a very individual judgment. What is a winner really?

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (2 months ago)

I like #12 the best!

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Kurt_K
By Kurt_K (2 months ago)

I can't say I agree with a few of the choices (#3 for instance), but to each his/her own. 1, 8, and 9 are my favorites.

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Eduardoo
By Eduardoo (2 months ago)

I like #3. The contrast between the miserable houses against a background of modern buildings surelly tells a story.

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babalu
By babalu (2 months ago)

Maybe #3 was prized for simply showing a street scene without any effects or efforts to capture an "interesting" angle . This may be more difficult than it seems. Still, for me, it's not a very attractive capture.

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calijente
By calijente (2 months ago)

Like others here, I initially found #3 boring, unimaginative and pointless.

However, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Just cover the upper half of the picture with your hand and look at the lower half until you get the feeling of the place. Then do the opposite, look at the upper half after you cover the lower half. Quite two different pictures, isn’t it? But it is only one.

The new, tall, ugly and lifeless buildings look to me like an approaching tsunami that will soon cover the old world. Quite a story, I would say.

Having said that, my favorites are #7, 8 and 11, in this order.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (2 months ago)

I agree - the same thing happened to me - at first I said "what the fuzz - why is the image here". But like you I know see the contrast between the huge, high dollar towers and the street scene - really interesting - would love to see it printed wall sized.
But I can't understand the inclusion of #5. Even if the composition were better (which it isn't) the colors are pushed too far and the white balance makes this girls hair kinda green. Really not a good image.

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keith james taylor
By keith james taylor (2 months ago)

God bless the panel of judges who have shown the breath of their vision of what makes a grate photographed.
God bless the eyes of the photographers and all the hard work that they have done to help us shear their moments.
The pictures can speak for them selves.
well done..

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Fahd
By Fahd (2 months ago)

Does the Shanghai cityscape have anything going for it? I've seen better snapshots!

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Acrill
By Acrill (2 months ago)

Yea I don't understand this inclusion at all. Under-whelmed.

Not impressed with #11 or #5 either, but #8 is brilliant.

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dgc4rter
By dgc4rter (2 months ago)

While some of the photos are good, a number of them are now just becoming too cliché such as No. 10 - how many times have I now seen a shot similar to that? As for no. 3, how on earth did that get into the final selection?

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snow14
By snow14 (2 months ago)

that tells me sony knows nothing about photography ,very poor selection .

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PinPoint
By PinPoint (2 months ago)

sony may have good engineers but lack of good artists...those photos they picked were hardly better than 500px popular photos

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mayurgogoi
By mayurgogoi (2 months ago)

First--the selections are poor--no-3-is just a picure telling abt a city-not quite a story telling--so as the no 9-the polar Bear-- no 10--such pics are now common--yes this pics has lot of action--and probably coloured one will be more detail-/no-3 has nothing to do--

So now we can tell that the pics abt KUMBA MELA -no10 is great from detail and perspectives--/no 2 is not too bad--

But we have doubt the qualification of the respected Judges-very expert driver too makes accident when they go wrong way--over all these judges panes are not above criticism--out of 1,40,000-how they selected some very standardless pictures?We urge Sony to review their selections--if they do not do it--the standard of SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD will lose its platform and attraction to the participants and photographic world.

I think the photographers of the world will shout now!

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AshMills
By AshMills (2 months ago)

If in doubt, desaturate. :-)

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Pete Mc
By Pete Mc (2 months ago)

These images are generally creative, or tell a story. This is what I was missing in the dpreview awards which seemed more focused on (photoshop) technique. It just shows how different judging panels have different criteria. as do we all.

Personally I prefer photo's that, like great art, make you think. Technique is a poor second.

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0MitchAG
By 0MitchAG (2 months ago)

Well, given all that which I agree, 3,5 & 6 are pretty boring.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (2 months ago)

#10- have seen million times...it's not funny any more. Who are those "judges?"

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (2 months ago)

#2 gets my vote.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (2 months ago)

nice to see a set of finalists that dont rely on death and misery

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Haim Hadar
By Haim Hadar (2 months ago)

Very nice, but I fail to see what's so special about entries 2 & 3...

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corbus
By corbus (2 months ago)

- I guess #2 i taken with a very very dirty sensor - perhaps an D600 instead?
- I guess that #3 got the price because it is just modern "street photograpy"?

Clear that any image nowdays can win a price...

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pfzt
By pfzt (2 months ago)

What are you talking about? They're the best pictures. But of course you people on this board know better than the international jury of this award. Why don't you send in some of your HDRs, flower macros or pictures of your dog?

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mick232
By mick232 (2 months ago)

#2 is special because it proves that even with a Sony, you can get blown out skies. This is something nobody would have deemed possible before.

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attomole
By attomole (2 months ago)

Two of my favourite, but I would have reproduced 3 slightly darker and with a bit more colour in the old town to give an even starker contrast between the lively old town and sterile high rise. The spots on the lens on 2 make the picture

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Zoron
By Zoron (2 months ago)

I have seen very similar photos 1000 times....

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Iznogoud
By Iznogoud (2 months ago)

In your own portfolio?

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Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (2 months ago)

LOL. These critics are in "review" mode, not "self-actualization" mode.

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tissunique
By tissunique (2 months ago)

what a surpringly ordinary selection...

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Total comments: 66