From Tooting Bec's Lido to a headless dancer; Sony announce shortlist for World Photography Awards

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The Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, have announced the shortlisted finalists for their Professional, Open and Youth categories for 2015.

Announced today, the award recognises the world's best contemporary photography from last year. As anyone can enter, this year's competition received its highest number of entries in its eight year history, with 173,444 images being put forward from 171 countries. 

Included in the shortlist is a mesmerising photo of synchronized swimmers in Singapore, an Indonesian man jumping through a ring of fire and what appears to be a headless dancer. 

The winners of ten Open and three Youth categories will be revealed on 31 March and the thirteen Professional category winners will be announced on 23 April at an awards ceremony in London.

At the same ceremony, the recipient of the coveted Professional Photographer of the Year will win a £16,000 ($25,000) prize plus a Sony camera. The Student winner will receive equipment for their studies and the Youth winner also receives equipment, along with a trip down to London for the prize giving. The Open Photographer of the Year, will receive £3,000 ($5,000) prize money, and a Sony camera. 

The shortlisted photographers will have their images shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London’s historic Somerset House from 24 April – 10 May. 

Take a look at some of our favourite images for the shortlisted categories below

 Photographer: Adi Dekel

Photographer: Farid Sani

Notes: This series is comparing faces and colors of four different cities which is describing culture of the people are living there. Each Image is a puzzle from different doors in each city. First Image : Venice Second : Tehran Third : Spandau Forth : Berlin

Photographer: Sascha Fromm

Notes: Italy's Ludwig Rieder prepares for the training run during the Men's Luge Doubles of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sanki Sliding Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

Photographer : Marcin Klocek

Notes: In the Ryogoku district of Tokyo are many heyas (beyas) - training quarters, where sumo wrestlers train and live. Very few of them let outsiders into the heya to watch their practice. However if one has a special invitation or is lucky then the experience of seeing the national sport of Japan at close distance and the wrestlers in all their sweat and blood is unforgettable. And if you are extremely lucky you can even rub shoulders with the great Yokozuna himself.

Photographer: Jens Juul

Notes: The hair is an intimate part of a person. Hair has some symbolic value: ideas of beauty, strength, eroticism, individuality, sensuality, masculinity, and femininity are closely linked to the hair. “When I bike to school and kindergarten with my children in the morning, we pass a hairdresser’s, which is frequented daily by local residents. I was working intensely on another project at the time, but the idea just gripped me.” “I started visiting different hair salons to capture the moment where we let other people get intimately close and shape the way the world sees us.” “When I meet ordinary people, I’m intrigued by the fact that they have so many fascinating stories and interesting personalities. You don’t have to go to distant places to experience drama and the unknown. The odds are, you’ll find both right around the corner. In this case the stories were found at the local hairdresser.” The project is not yet finished – there is still so much to discover in Copenhagen’s hair salons.

Photographer: Harfian Herdi

Notes: three cute frog at the morning lights

Photographer: Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong

Notes: The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronized swimming team training in Singapore.


Photographer: Gina Alderson-Hicks

Notes: Miracle Mile is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York.

Photographer: Aprison Aprison

Notes: One of traditional attraction in Indonesia Culture called Bujang Ganong. He jumped into the circle of fire.

Photographer: Ramil Gilvanov

Notes: As part of a series of images from the life of photographer's family

Photographer: Jonathan Syer

Notes: Lidos were perhaps at their most popular between the wars when people took their holidays here in England. Many of them were built in the 1930s or earlier and were naturally located on the English south coast, which was a favoured holiday destination for those living in London and the home counties. However there were many that were built in towns and cities to cope with the demand that once was and many of these remain. However, when the affordability of overseas holidays started to emerge in the 1960s many of these lidos fell into decline and have never recovered. Some have survived and have benefitted from investment and so have taken on a new lease of life as popularity has started increasing again. Most have been left to decay or lost under modern developments, such as Ramsgate's once booming pool which is now under a car park. The ones remaining are desperately clinging on while campaigns are fought to save them from disappearing completely, relics of a lost golden age.

Photographer: Adrian Jaszczak

Notes: Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.

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