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Sony World Photography Awards: See life as it was meant to be seen

| Art, Culture | 07/05/2015

Sony World Photography Awards 2015.
Sony World Photography Awards 2015.
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The Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House provides an extraordinary and dynamic glimpse into the thriving world around us. Now running in its eighth year the world’s largest photography competition is running from April 24 – May 10.

John Moore. Ebola Series.

John Moore. Ebola Series.

 

The exhibition winner of the prestigious L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year award, John Moore, sets the standard of what is a remarkable exhibition. Moore’s series of photos depicting the Ebola crisis in Libya are emotionally charged; they showcase the brutality of the disease, yet his photos are intimate, personal, and respectful.

The compassion and empathy of Moore’s series of photos sets a precedent for the rest of the exhibition, which is brimming with talent. The exhibition presented at Somerset House is separated into two distinct sections, in the West Wing and East Wing respectively. The exhibition this year attracted over 173,000 entries, from 171 countries, which were separated into over twenty categories.

Brent Stirton. Shortlisted in the Contemporary Issues category.

Brent Stirton. Shortlisted in the Contemporary Issues category.

Following on from Moore’s impressively compelling series of photographs, the overarching theme that intertwines the exhibition is life. The cornerstone of the exhibition is life; nothing more, and nothing less, from all over the world –its beauty, its brutality, and its vulnerability presented through a series of still images.

Ismail Mutalib. Shortlisted in the Travel category.

Ismail Mutalib. Shortlisted in the Travel category.

This year’s winners showcase the many aspects of life. From the glaciers of Mt Kenya, to an extraordinary set of images entitled ‘First Sight’, finally to the contrast of the modern with the traditional in Ismail Mutalib’s Indonesia. The Sony World Photography Awards provides both novice and professional photographers with an experience like no other. You’ll see the world through a different set of eyes; your perspective altered, and your appreciation of the life around you heightened.

Written by Sandip Kana | @sandipkana

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