See The World Photography Organisation's shortlist of captivating images from cultures across the globe...
24th April 2015
Yesterday, British photographer Simon Norfolk was announced as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Photographer of the Year for his series of images called ‘When I Am Laid In Earth.’ In the series the photographer maps with a pyrograph the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya.
Simon Norfolk, a landscape photographer who lives and works in Brighton and is represented by INSTITUTE, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition. The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders.
Norfolk had previously been awarded 1st place in the Professional People category of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards and 2nd place in the Professional Architecture category in the same year.
All winning and shortlisted images from across the Professional, Open, Youth, Student Focus and Mobile Phone competitions will be on show at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May. Find out more at www.worldphoto.org/2015exhibition
Flick through to see a highlight of the mesmerising images from across the globe that will be on show…
©Jens Juul, Denmark
Hair'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.
©Brent Stirton, South Africa
Photograph taken in West Bengal, India, 2013.
Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, are born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. They must accompany their parents everywhere as they cannot be left alone without risk. The surgery to cure this is simple and takes 15 minutes but because of the level of poverty in this family they have been unable to pursue the necessary operation. India has more than 12 million blind, the majority of which suffer from cataract blindness. Poverty is the main reason these millions of people are trapped in this condition. Donor funding has recently enabled both sisters to finally go for this operation. This essay is an attempt to tell the story of their lives before surgery, during the operation to regain their sight and after as they begin to discover light.
©Sabine Lewandowski, Germany
One Hundred and Forty Centimetres
One in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in new-borns. Specialists call it trisomy 21. Down syndrome is not a disease - it is not curable. People with Down syndrome have often physical and mental impairments that make them different from others. Since 2012 it has been possible to determine by means of non-invasive tests before birth whether a child will have Down's syndrome, as necessary, initiate an abortion. The photo series "one hundred and forty centimetres" raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of "living with impairment," and the technical possibilities to determine this even before birth.
©Dougie Wallace, UK
Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum 02
London?s Kensington & Chelsea has the UK?s highest life expectancy at birth. 'I looked at this Glasgow community and the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants. I?m interested in commuters and capturing people on public transport. My intention was to juxtapose Glasgow with the setting of Kensington and Chelsea in London. Being from Glasgow, I am moved by what I perceive to be missing chunks of life and the bleakness of those shortened lives lived in the Calton, a small pocket of Glasgow, compared to those lived in Kensington and Chelsea. The difference in fortunes is not only apparent in mortality but in the cut of their suits and coats, the accessories they carry, the way the women apply their make-up, even their expressions tell a tale ? confident and haughty vs downtrodden and malnourished. Using my trademark style of pathos vs bathos and my method of getting up close to my subjects I produced a series of pictures that give an important social account as well as entertain my viewer.' said Dougie
©Jonathan Syer, UK
Tooting Bec Lido, London taken from series Lidos Of England: Lost & Found
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.
©Christian Berthelot, France
Children born by incision."Caesar" are portraits of children. They were all born by caesarean section and they only have a few seconds of life - all survived. These photographs are the first performance of a new human being, unique and primal.
©Lisa Krantz, United States
A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity
At almost 600 pounds, Hector Garcia Jr. finds simple daily tasks like bathing a challenge. He struggled to walk across the hall from his bedroom to the bathroom so that his mother, Elena, could wash him after having cut his hair in November 2010. A month before, Hector started dieting after he realized he was close to his highest known weight, 636 pounds.
Series Description: For years, Hector Garcia Jr. battled severe obesity and all its consequences: the pain, the ridicule and the lost hopes. After years of repeatedly gaining and losing hundreds of pounds, Garcia, once again was stuck in the back bedroom of his parents' modest house, in San Antonio, Texas.
©Johan Bavman, Sweden
Ola Larsson, 41 years old, Purchaser. On leave with his son Gustav, for eight months. 'It is important that everybody is free to choose to take time off for parental leave or not. It is the culture that needs to change on a grand scale and more male role models must be promoted. The State needs to become better at providing information regarding the advantages that parental leave gives both parents. I had to dry many tears after I left my son in day care for the first time. It is a true gift to be allowed to create such strong emotional ties to your child that you can thanks to the Swedish parental leave system. You almost have to experience parental leave to understand what you lose before you decide to work instead.'
©Giulio di Sturco, Italy
Ganges, Death of a River
Hindu devotees' Along the banks of the river Ganges, get ready to soak in the water of the sacred river, India 2008. These images were made over the past five years, they document the changes the river Ganges is going through. The natural and industrial destruction along its banks, some intentional some accidental.
©Vladyslav Musiienko, Ukraine
Image belonging to a larger series entitled Ukraine. Kiev. Euromaidan.
Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine
©Sascha Fromm, Germany
Olympic FacesItaly'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.
©Daesung Lee, France
Futuristic ArchaeologyStill 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and depend on their land for survival. This is increasingly difficult due to serious changes: 25% of the Mongolianland has turned into desert in the past 30 years. Potentially 75% of their territory is at risk of desertification. These environmental changes directly threaten the Mongolian nomadic way of life, which has been passed from generation to generation.
©Julia Fullerton-Batten, UK
Couples in Shower from larger collection entitled Everland Korea Everland is the largest theme park in Korea. This is the open shower in Caribbean Bay.
©Danila Tkachenko, Russia
Taken from larger collection entitled Restricted AreasThe project 'Restricted area' is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have - this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others.
©Marcin Klocek, Poland
Sweat and BloodIn 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.
©Simon Butterworth, UK
Taken from Blue Fields.
The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft. The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths. Time of day and cloud cover were also critical, the abstract effect being heightened by complete lack of signifying shadow.
©Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore
Taken from a series entitled Underwater Grace
The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronized swimming team training in Singapore.
©Kimmo Metsaranta, Finland
In the series I have constructed still live images using cats. Animals have their own will and they will not pose at the behest of the photographer.
©Gili Yaari, Israel
Purim Holiday in JerusalemUltra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Toldot Aharon Sect celebrate the Purim holiday in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem on March 17, 2014. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from a genocide in ancient Persia.
©Liza Van der Stock, Belgium
Maurice and Lisa shooting a scene taken from series Paradi$e Lu$t
In a Flemish village, surrounded by nature, Laura and Maurice live together with their daughter Eva. In the garden, Eva plays with her dog or meets with her classmates. Friends and family come along and fill the house with activity. But when Eva is at school, Maurice and Laura shoot what most people prefer to keep to themselves. The porn they make is not populated by Barbies or muscled superheroes. Ordinary women play with men who are also dad or neighbour. A humanity that not only exists in the porn they make, but also emerges behind the scenes and in their family life. In recent years, Laura has built strong bonds with a number of like-minded people: every one of them confident women who have consciously chosen this lifestyle and only depend on themselves with respect to their work. On a regular basis, they go to erotic fairs, rendez-vous evenings or an erotic night club: to make money or to have fun - or both.
One of traditional attraction in Indonesia Culture called Bujang Ganong. He jumped into the circle of fire.
©Adrian Jaszczak, Poland
Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.
©Farid Sani, Iran
Berlin taken from series entitled Faces
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.
©Gina Alderson-Hicks, Australia
Miracle Mile'Miracle Mile is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York.'
©Simon Morris, UK
On the Tundra...
A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.
©Saeed Barikani, Iran
Old Shepherd An old shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan's countryside in the north of Iran.
©Melissa Little, Australia
Pelican Feeding These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australia and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal.
©Harfian Herdi, Indonesia
Frog Story Three cute frogs at the morning lights.
©David Pereira, Singapore
Welcoming SummerAs Spring draw to a close and the final gusts of the southern breeze peter out, the people of Sydney take to the beach to welcome the summer heat. A national past time, you can say that it has become a part of the Australian culture. The photograph aims to capture the mood of everyone at the beach.
©Jürgen Schrepfer, Germany
©Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson, Austria
©Massimo Siragusa, Italy
Clubs in Italy
©Adi Dekel, Israel
Shortlisted for Youth Award
©Joseph Makeni, Kenya
©Marius Vieth, Germany
©Danila Tkachenko, Russia
©Ramil Gilvanov, Russia
©David Pereira, Singapore