Sony World Photography Awards Student and Youth shortlists announced


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Sony World Photography Awards Student and Youth shortlists announced

Photo: Chengchen Wang, China Mainland, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

This week, the World Photography Organization announced the shortlist for Student and Youth Photographer of the Year, a subset of the broader Sony World Photography Awards of 2024.

The students, all attendees of institutes of higher learning, each put together bodies of work based on the prompt “Home.” The photos run the gamut, depicting the inside of some of the photographers’ actual homes, while others speak more broadly to the cultures of the various countries they hail from.

The youth photographers, all 19 or under, shot for the prompt “Through Your Eyes,” with results covering landscape, portraits, astrophotography and more.

The winners will be announced on April 18th 2024, but you can feast your eyes on all the contenders right here, right now.

Lonely Surfer

Photographer Name: Daniel Murray

Image Name: Lonely Surfer

Year: 2024

Image Description: I took this picture in Newquay, Cornwall, at the start of summer to capture the figure on the beach. I felt that this moment summed up Cornwall quite nicely in one picture.

Copyright: © Daniel Murray, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Flock of Magic

Photographer Name: Zy Grei Zander Esperanza

Image Name: Flock of Magic

Year: 2024

Image Description: This is an image inspired by the photographer Trent Parke. My image consists of two ICM shots of a flying flock of doves I photographed on 19 May in my backyard, then blended together in an editing software. Though not taken with the same process as Parke’s, it still has the same goal that he is known for, to ‘turn the ordinary into the magical using light.’

Copyright: © Zy Grei Zander Esperanza, Philippines, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Self-portrait

Photographer Name: Joyce Xu

Image Name: Self-portrait

Year: 2024

Image Description: In June 2023, I took this self-portrait in a photo studio. I was in an introspective mood, grappling with an inner turmoil, torn between my connection to Chinese culture and tradition, and my hope to liberate myself from self-imposed constraints linked to my heritage. This image represents a quest for belonging, adaptation, and identity in unfamiliar lands.

Copyright: © Joyce Xu, Australia, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Snow Mountain at Sunset

Photographer Name: Chengchen Wang

Image Name: Snow Mountain at Sunset

Year: 2024

Image Description: This photo was taken at the beginning of the year, when the sun slowly set and the sunset hit the snow mountain of Yala. It looked so holy, so I took this photo.

Copyright: © Chengchen Wang, China Mainland, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Tea-Portrait

Photographer Name: Shayna Cuenca

Image Name: Tea-Portrait

Year: 2024

Image Description: For my image titled ‘Tea-Portrait,’ I took a self-portrait, printed the image, and cut it into tea bag-sized pieces. I then transferred the cut pieces onto tea bags using Modge Podge, and reattached the tea bag strings. Finally, I laid out the bags and pieced them together to create my image.

Copyright: © Shayna Cuenca, United States, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

63.4057° N, 19.0716° W

Photographer Name: Isaac Friend

Image Name: 63.4057° N, 19.0716° W

Year: 2024

Image Description: Basalt columns on a black beach in low visibility.

Copyright: © Isaac Friend, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

The Beginning Hours of the Sourdough Fire

Photographer Name: River Lewis-Gosch

Image Name: The Beginning Hours of the Sourdough Fire

Year: 2024

Image Description: This was taken during the first hours of the Sourdough Fire, a fierce wildfire in the North Cascades National Park, which was started by a lightning strike. While returning from a nearby backpacking trip in the woods we came upon this fire. Completely surprised, I took out my camera and took this shot. A firefighting helicopter carrying water can be seen in the top right.

Copyright: © River Lewis-Gosch, United States, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Comet Falls to Earth

Photographer Name: Sebastián Fernández Lora

Image Name: Comet Falls to Earth

Year: 2024

Image Description: This image is of comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura), which, close to the horizon like the Sun at dawn, appears to be falling onto Earth. This photo was taken on the morning of 8 September, shortly before sunrise, from a rooftop.

Copyright: © Sebastián Fernández Lora, Spain, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Keep Me Awake

Photographer Name: Kas Christiaens

Image Name: Keep Me Awake

Year: 2024

Image Description: This image is about light pollution. As a young artist interested in nature and stars, I became aware that light pollution is a major factor affecting the sky’s clarity. I live in Belgium, a small country with a large population living in the countryside, so there is light pollution everywhere you go. The red light in this image is coming from a street lantern, the blue light from a nearby city.

Copyright: © Kas Christiaens, Belgium, Shortlist, Youth Competiton, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Untitled

Photographer Name: Afiq Sharkawi

Image Name: Untitled

Year: 2024

Image Description: The traditional weapon known as a ‘keris’ is expertly made by the master craftsman.

Copyright: © Afiq Sharkawi, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Appleby

Photographer Name: Frederik Rüegger

Image Name: Appleby

Year: 2024

Image Description: Taken at Appleby horse fair, June 2023.

Series Description: The English and Irish traveller communities face discrimination from many angles and are compelled to settle by the government. As a result, the nomadic lifestyle that has been a centuries-old part of their way of life is becoming more endangered than ever. There are, however, several events where the travellers can freely live out their traditions, including the horse fairs that are held each year at Ballinasloe, in County Galway, Ireland, and Appleby, England. In 2023 I photographed at both of these fairs, aiming to capture an intimate and authentic portrayal of the lives of the traveller communities. This project is set to continue for 18 months, and my goal is to highlight their rich cultural heritage, unique lifestyle and the challenges they face. Through my photographs I hope to shed light on the social importance of these communities and help foster an understanding and empathy among my audience.

Copyright: © Frederik Rüegger, Germany, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Appleby (2)

Photographer Name: Frederik Rüegger

Image Name: Appleby

Year: 2024

Image Description: Taken at Appleby horse fair, June 2023.

Series Description: The English and Irish traveller communities face discrimination from many angles and are compelled to settle by the government. As a result, the nomadic lifestyle that has been a centuries-old part of their way of life is becoming more endangered than ever. There are, however, several events where the travellers can freely live out their traditions, including the horse fairs that are held each year at Ballinasloe, in County Galway, Ireland, and Appleby, England. In 2023 I photographed at both of these fairs, aiming to capture an intimate and authentic portrayal of the lives of the traveller communities. This project is set to continue for 18 months, and my goal is to highlight their rich cultural heritage, unique lifestyle and the challenges they face. Through my photographs I hope to shed light on the social importance of these communities and help foster an understanding and empathy among my audience.

Copyright: © Frederik Rüegger, Germany, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Peers

Photographer Name: Gaoge Ouchen

Image Name: Peers

Year: 2024

Image Description: My cousin, who returned with me, is about the same age and we share the same employment concerns.

Series Description: During the pandemic, time seemed to stand still. When I returned to my hometown, I shared the same worries with my peers who had likewise returned. The streets were filled with elderly people and children. In the backyard of my hometown, the orange trees my father planted had dropped their oranges to the ground.

Copyright: © Gaoge Ouchen, China Mainland, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

The Orange Tree

Photographer Name: Gaoge Ouchen

Image Name: The Orange Tree

Year: 2024

Image Description: The orange trees in my grandmother’s home, which my father and mother diligently planted, dropped oranges all over the ground.

Series Description: During the pandemic, time seemed to stand still. When I returned to my hometown, I shared the same worries with my peers who had likewise returned. The streets were filled with elderly people and children. In the backyard of my hometown, the orange trees my father planted had dropped their oranges to the ground.

Copyright: © Gaoge Ouchen, China Mainland, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

The Urus stand, honoring the legacy of their ancestral way of life

Photographer Name: Gaston Zilberman

Image Name: The Urus stand, honoring the legacy of their ancestral way of life

Year: 2024

Image Description: The disappearance of the lake put an end to the possibility of hunting and fishing for the indigenous Uru community. Now, only memories of their ancestral life remain, but they strive to keep alive the memory and essence of being Qotzuñi – ‘people of the lake’.

Series Description: ‘The lake was our mother and father, our home. Now, we are orphans,’ said Rufino Choque, whose words echo through the desolate, windswept salt flat that had once been the thriving shore of Lake Poopó, Bolivia. Rufino’s indigenous Uru community had lived in harmony with the waters of this ancient lake for generations, nurturing a profound bond that sustained their lives and preserved their unique cultural identity. Today, however, their way of life is marked by profound transformation, as climate change-induced droughts and industrial contamination caused Lake Poopó to disappear entirely by 2016. Prior to this, the Urus lived in floating houses and spent weeks on their boats in the lake; hunting and fishing was their main source of subsistence. By narrating the Uru community’s loss of their cherished home, my goal is to provoke reflection and raise awareness about the urgent need to address the consequences of climate change and contamination.

Copyright: © Gaston Zilberman, Argentina, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Home traditions

Photographer Name: Gaston Zilberman

Image Name: Home traditions

Year: 2024

Image Description: Cipriana stands in front of her adobe home. The Uru community maintains a traditional way of life, although it has been heavily transformed by the loss of their source of livelihood.

Series Description: ‘The lake was our mother and father, our home. Now, we are orphans,’ said Rufino Choque, whose words echo through the desolate, windswept salt flat that had once been the thriving shore of Lake Poopó, Bolivia. Rufino’s indigenous Uru community had lived in harmony with the waters of this ancient lake for generations, nurturing a profound bond that sustained their lives and preserved their unique cultural identity. Today, however, their way of life is marked by profound transformation, as climate change-induced droughts and industrial contamination caused Lake Poopó to disappear entirely by 2016. Prior to this, the Urus lived in floating houses and spent weeks on their boats in the lake; hunting and fishing was their main source of subsistence. By narrating the Uru community’s loss of their cherished home, my goal is to provoke reflection and raise awareness about the urgent need to address the consequences of climate change and contamination.

Copyright: © Gaston Zilberman, Argentina, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Untitled

Photographer Name: Kazi Arifujjaman

Image Name: Untitled

Year: 2024

Image Description: In this picture, the chatal workers are working and their sons and daughters are playing in the same place.

Series Description: A chatal is a place where paddy (raw rice) is boiled, dried in the sun and threshed to be made into prepared rice – the staple food of Bangladesh. Families from different parts of the country work together in a chatal, which is also their place of residence. As many families from different cultures come together, the chatal becomes like a large house.

Copyright: © Kazi Arifujjaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Untitled

Photographer Name: Kazi Arifujjaman

Image Name: Untitled

Year: 2024

Image Description: After letting the paddy dry on the floor, the women do their housework.

Series Description: A chatal is a place where paddy (raw rice) is boiled, dried in the sun and threshed to be made into prepared rice – the staple food of Bangladesh. Families from different parts of the country work together in a chatal, which is also their place of residence. As many families from different cultures come together, the chatal becomes like a large house.

Copyright: © Kazi Arifujjaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Resting in unfamiliar places (I)

Photographer Name: Siphosethu Sanelisiwe Sikhosana

Image Name: Resting in unfamiliar places (I)

Year: 2024

Image Description: This single pinhole photograph is composed of five negatives that together reflect both the confusion and acceptance of my identity.

Series Description: This series of pinhole photographs was taken for my Fine Arts degree in 2023. It speaks of the struggles and changes I faced in terms of my identity when leaving childhood and becoming a young adult. The series reflects my confusion with various aspects of myself, such as my faith, sexuality and place in the world, and my later acceptance of who I am.

Copyright: © Siphosethu Sanelisiwe Sikhosana, South Africa, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Resting in unfamiliar places (IV)

Photographer Name: Siphosethu Sanelisiwe Sikhosana

Image Name: Resting in unfamiliar places (IV)

Year: 2024

Image Description: A side-by-side view of a negative and positive image of the same photograph, representing a new sense of clarity.

Series Description: This series of pinhole photographs was taken for my Fine Arts degree in 2023. It speaks of the struggles and changes I faced in terms of my identity when leaving childhood and becoming a young adult. The series reflects my confusion with various aspects of myself, such as my faith, sexuality and place in the world, and my later acceptance of who I am.

Copyright: © Siphosethu Sanelisiwe Sikhosana, South Africa, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Don’t Trust Pretty Girls

Photographer Name: Kayin Luys

Image Name: Don’t Trust Pretty Girls

Year: 2024

Image Description: I had a fascination with my partner’s grandfather’s tattoo, which reads ‘don’t trust pretty girls’.

Series Description: This series explores my relationship with my in-laws, with the title referring to the tattoo on my partner’s grandfather’s left arm. I wanted to explore the tension between fiction and reality, guided by stories I was told, memories and my interpretations of both. The result is a play of possibilities that reflect and/or transcend reality. Thanks to the increasingly strong bond formed, I found a second home with my new family.

Copyright: © Kayin Luys, Belgium, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Don’t Trust Pretty Girls (2)

Photographer Name: Kayin Luys

Image Name: Don’t Trust Pretty Girls

Year: 2024

Image Description: This aunt loves to sing karaoke, and often does during family gatherings.

Series Description: This series explores my relationship with my in-laws, with the title referring to the tattoo on my partner’s grandfather’s left arm. I wanted to explore the tension between fiction and reality, guided by stories I was told, memories and my interpretations of both. The result is a play of possibilities that reflect and/or transcend reality. Thanks to the increasingly strong bond formed, I found a second home with my new family.

Copyright: © Kayin Luys, Belgium, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Ta ii

Photographer Name: Makaziwe Radebe

Image Name: Ta ii

Year: 2024

Image Description: Whom was a boxer when he was younger, and his living room is filled with many of his trophies. I took pictures of his family with their chosen outfits and treasured objects while my mother and brother helped hold the white background.
Emdeni, Jun 2023

Series Description: Soweto raised me. This series is in honour of my childhood home – the familiar faces and the streets that continue to shape how I move in the world. My childhood was immersed in the embrace of a tight-knit community where love and ambitious dreams thrived. Like the day I defied going home, facing my mother’s wrath and her looming belt. A neighbour intervened, guiding me back and turning my tumultuous action into a serene evening. Fezile, a steadfast friend, was always at the corner, and our quiet journey to school was a cherished routine; soggy bacon and eggs, bathed in tomato sauce and well-worn grease, awaited our return.

Copyright: © Makaziwe Radebe, South Africa, Shortlist, Student Competition, Sony World Photography Awards 2024

Ubumbano

Photographer Name: Makaziwe Radebe

Image Name: Ubumbano

Year: 2024

Image Description: A collective embrace through the silent language of prayer. Thinking about these moments of quiet I realise that how I move in the world is intimately connected with the ease I feel at home.

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