26 March 2019
Seven photographers from the UK have been shortlisted for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Professional and Student competitions.
Of these, four were shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category: Kieran Dodds, Yan Wang Preston, Catherine Hyland and Marco Kesseler. Also in the Professional competition, photographer Edward Thompson was shortlisted for the Brief category and Allan Dransfield was shortlisted for the Creative category. Meanwhile, Joel Davies, who attends Central Saint Martins College of Art in London, was shortlisted in the student competition.
Other shortlisted Professional series on British subject matter include Thomas Nielsen’s series The Big Score, which focuses on fans of West London football club Brentford FC; French photographer Laetitia Vançon’s series At the End of the Day about young people in the Outer Hebrides; and German photographer Toby Binder’s series, Youth of Belfast, which documents daily life and the problems facing the young people in the city’s working-class communities.
They will join artists from 29 other countries, including Finland, Colombia and Iran, to have their work showcased at London’s Somerset House from 18 April to 6 May 2019, before it travels globally to countries including Japan, Germany and Italy.
The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held in London on 17 April, which will name the overall photographer of the year, along with winners of the open, youth, Professional and student categories. Winners will receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the 2019 awards book.
A record number of entrants entered this year’s awards, with over 326,000 submissions from 195 countries and territories.
You can see all the shortlisted entrants to the competition at the Sony World Photography Awards website.
Britons in the Professional Shortlist
Edinburgh-based photographer Kieran Dodds has been shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category for his series Hierotopia, which explores the tiny patches of protected forests surrounding churches in Ethiopia, where farming has led to huge deforestation.
West-Yorkshire based academic and artist Yan Wang Preston has been shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category for her series To the South of the Colourful Clouds which depicts an otherworldly ‘ecology recovery’ landscape in Haidong Development Zone, Yunnan Province in China. In this series, Preston studies the environmental impact of turning a rural area into an international leisure town and its dramatic effect on the landscape.
Catherine Hyland has been shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category for her series Lithium Mining, in which she uses a muted colour palette to provide a meditative series of landscapes affected by industry. This picture was taken in Chile.
Marco Kesseler’s series Polytunnel focuses on the environment of contemporary British farming, highlighting the hidden landscapes behind which food is produced. He has been shortlisted in the Professional Landscape category.
Shortlisted in the ‘Brief’ category, Edward Thompson depicts the quirks of British life and culture in his series In The Garden of England. Thompson captured the South East of England over 18 years and describes the series as depicting ‘nostalgia, class and the beautiful uncanny of everyday English life’.
In the Creative category, Poland-based British artist Allan Dransfield has been shortlisted for his series Sheep Dogs of the North Pole, which he describes as depicting ‘how cultures, memories and phenomena drift and blur between one another as life echoes into the future.’
Other Shortlisted Professional Series on British Subject Matter
Danish photographer Thomas Nielsen’s series The Big Score, which focuses on fans of the West London football club Brentford FC and has been shortlisted in the Sport category.
French photographer Laetitia Vançon’s series At the End of the Day has been shortlisted in the Portraiture category and offers a striking insight into island life in the Outer Hebrides for contemporary young people.
German photographer Toby Binder’s series, Youth of Belfast, documents daily life and the problems facing the young people in the city’s working-class communities. Binder was also shortlisted in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards and has spent the last decade photographing British teenagers.
UK Represented in Student Shortlist
Joel Davies, a 22-year-old student at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London has been shortlisted in the student competition. This image comes from his Adieu series, which depicts his French girlfriend preparing for life beyond Brexit, and her uncertainty at what is to come beyond university.
Featured image: © Catherine Hyland, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape (Professional competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards