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13 British photographers awarded in the stunning shortlist of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards’ Open and Youth competitions

Press release   •   Feb 05, 2019 00:01 GMT

Sony World Photography Awards

The 2019 Awards’ first shortlist announcement shows exceptional single images from around the world

  • 13 British photographers shortlisted in the Open competition, with one further shortlisted in the Youth competition of this prestigious and global Awards
  • Images to be featured in 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House from 18 April - 6 May. Tickets:
  • All Open and Youth shortlisted images announced today available at
  • Ten Open category winners revealed February 26, with overall Open and Youth winners announced April 17, 2019

The World Photography Organisation today reveals the shortlisted photographers for the Open and Youth competitions of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, recognising the 13 British photographers who are behind some of the world’s best single images taken in 2018.

The success of the British photographers is remarkable as the 2019 Awards received its highest ever number of entries - 326,997 from 195 countries. Proving photography’s popularity in Britain, the Awards gained the highest number of entries from the UK, and the highest increase in entries year-on-year compared to any other country. The photographs will go on show at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 18 - May 6, before going on a global tour.

The Open shortlist comprises stunning works selected across ten diverse categories. The shortlist features 13 British photographers from wide array of backgrounds, including fine art photographers Richard Ansett and Neil Burnell, professional photographers such as Sean Hayes, semi professionals such as Nick Edwards and enthusiasts including Tracey Lund and Shaun Mills. The shortlisted photographers are based everywhere from Cowes to East Yorkshire, to Belgium and Abu Dhabi. The 13 photographers have been chosen from across five categories; Architecture, Motion, Portraiture, Natural World & Wildlife and Landscape .

Prize-winning automobile, architectural and street photographer Dean Grossmith, from Farnham, Surrey, was shortlisted in the Architecture category for his image A Sense of Scale, which depicts the Kölnbrein Dam in Austria. Upon hearing the news, Grossmith said “I am absolutely delighted my image has been shortlisted at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards. I have a burning passion for fine art photography and I can’t think of anything better than having my image displayed at Somerset House in London.”

Durham-based photographer Michele Allan studied photojournalism at London College of Printing and is a Photographic Technician at Durham University. Her photographic projects range from focusing on the industrial landscape of the North East to documenting the richness and diversity of British society. She has been shortlisted in the Motion category for her image Walking on Water, which shows the famous annual Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria.

Speaking of her image, she said “[The Fair] is claimed to be the largest of its kind in Europe. The washing of the horses in the river is a traditional part of the Fair. I felt that the boy to the left in the photograph was caught almost walking on water.”

Self-taught photographer Daniel Portch from Sevenoaks, Kent, started seascape photography as a hobby in 2016, after purchasing a DSLR camera after the birth of his newborn child. He has been shortlisted in the Architecture category for his image titled Aquatic Rider, which depicts a a scooter rider beside the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London.

Further shortlisted photographers include (name, place of residence, category, image title):

  • Shaun Mills West Mersea (Essex), Architecture, Sentinel
  • Christopher Madden Abu Dhabi (UAE), Architecture, Seeing the Light I
  • Remy Whiting UK, MotionNight Swim
  • Richard Ansett London, Portraiture, Grayson Perry - BIRTH
  • Sean Hayes Sterrebeek (Belgium), Portraiture Nabil
  • Tracey Lund Hull (East Yorkshire), Natural World & Wildlife, Underwater Gannets
  • Nick Edwards Cowes (Isle of Wight), Natural World & Wildlife Bedraggled Hare ballet
  • Chun Kit Kevin So Tokyo (Japan), Landscape Urban Nature
  • Neil Burnell Brixham (Devon), Landscape Executioner

The Youth shortlist features the top eight single images taken by 12-19 year olds responding to the theme of ‘Diversity’.

16 year old, Shrewsbury-based student Emma Last has been shortlisted for a self-portrait entitled Divided, which she describes as symbolising “the segregation of individuals due to their differences, and shows how their features can see them placed into groups characterised by stereotypes created by society. It aims to highlight how although diversity is increasing, the lack of acceptance of it is culpable for the absence of equality in the world today.”

Upon her image being shortlisted, she said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted amongst so many talented individuals, and excited to be presented with such an incredible opportunity to share my creativity on a larger scale.”

All those shortlisted now go on to compete against talented photographers from across the world to win their categories and have the chance to become Open Photographer of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year, with prizes including the latest cutting-edge Sony camera equipment, flights to the London Awards ceremony, and $5000 USD for the overall Open winner. All the images will also be published in the annual Awards’ book.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar. The Awards are now in their 12th year of partnership with headline sponsor Sony and consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year olds). The Professional competition shortlist will be announced March 26.

Record number of entries to 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
As one of the world’s largest and most prestigious global photography competitions, the Awards annually celebrate and promote the best contemporary photography from the past year across a wide variety of photographic genres.

A total of 326,997 entries from 195 countries and territories were submitted across the four competitions of the 2019 Awards, the highest ever number of entries to date.

Judging the Open and Youth shortlists
The Sony World Photography Awards are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed industry professionals, including representatives from international museums, publishing and the media.

This year’s Open and Youth competition judging was chaired by Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production for Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious (UK).

McClelland comments: “I was astonished with the diversity of work that was entered into the Open and Youth competitions. The award represents a very democratic appreciation of photography, from tradition to emergent trends across all genres from nature to fashion. The competition allows the broadest demographic to have a platform.

“Judging single images is never easy, it is important to give equal appreciation regardless of genre to allow the fairest outcome. The judging is hosted blind to prevent nepotism or bias, which is extremely important. I look forward to seeing these striking contemporary images on display at this year’s exhibition at Somerset House.”

Other competitions and prizes

The Professional and Student competition shortlists will be announced March 26. All shortlisted and winning images will be exhibited as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 18 until May 6, 2019 before touring globally.

The Awards’ overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 17.The Photographer of the Year, Open Photographer of the Year, Youth Photographer of the Year, the Professional competitions’ category winners and the ten shortlisted Student entrants will all be flown to London to attend. Winners will also receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the 2019 Awards' book.

2019 Key Dates

  • February 26 - Open category and National Awards winners’ announcement
  • March 5 - Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient revealed
  • March 26 - Professional and Student competitions’ shortlist announcement
  • April 17 - Photographer of the Year, Overall Open, Student, Youth winners and Professional category winners’ announcement
  • April 18 - May 6, 2019 - 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition (Somerset House, London)

Further press information and all shortlisted Open and Youth competition images are available to download for publication at

About World Photography Organisation
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2019 Sony World Photography Awards SHORTLISTED PHOTOGRAPHERS

Rewarding the best single images across ten categories. Up to 15 photographers were shortlisted in each category. Category winners will be announced March 26, and the Open Photographer of the Year revealed on April 17.



  • Connor Henderson, Australian
  • Shaun Mills, British
  • Dean Grossmith, British
  • Christopher Madden, British
  • Dan Portch, British
  • Jennifer Bin, Canadian
  • Liu Rui, China Mainland
  • Carole Pariat, French
  • Philippe Sarfati, French
  • Klaus Lenzen, German
  • Frank Machalowski, German
  • Katherine Young, South African


  • Antoine Tiggart, American
  • Martin Stranka, Czech
  • Oscar van Heek, Dutch
  • Mariëtte Aernoudts, Dutch
  • Kelly Ts, Greek
  • Stéphane Anthonioz, French
  • Alexandra Fink-Milosavljevic, German
  • Alessandro Zunino, Italian
  • Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesian (2 images)
  • Dhiky Aditya, Indonesian
  • Masatou Hikichi, Japanese
  • Arvids Baranovs, Latvian
  • Patryk Kuleta, Polish
  • Alexandr Vlassyuk, Russian

Culture (supported by Culture Trip)

  • Yi Han, China Mainland
  • Lifeng Chen, China Mainland
  • Pan Jianhua, China Mainland
  • Georgios Papapostolou, Greek
  • Ming Kai Chan, Hong Kong SAR
  • Alimohammad Karami, Iranian
  • Alessandro Zanoni, Italian
  • Michael Chee Yen Chuan, Malaysian
  • Eng Chung Tong, Malaysian
  • Dikpal Thapa, Nepalese
  • Tomek Kozlowski, Polish
  • Remus Daescu, Romanian
  • Alex Robciuc, Romanian


  • Hal Gage, American
  • Chun Kit Kevin So, British
  • Neil Burnell, British
  • Gérard Bret, French
  • Swapnil Deshpande, Indian
  • Sara Bianchi, Italian
  • Masako Metz, Japanese
  • Robert Saunders, New Zealander
  • Roslan Nasir, Malaysian
  • Svein Nordrum, Norwegian
  • Antonio Gandore, Romanian
  • Oleg Kugaev, Russian
  • Kuo Zei Yang, Taiwan Region


  • Christy Lee Rogers, American
  • Brooke Bartletta, American
  • Francois Lenoir, Belgian
  • Michele Allan, British
  • Remy Whiting, British
  • Qin Fan, China Mainland
  • Filippos Alafakis, Greek
  • Marlena Kurowska-Jankowiak, Polish
  • Piotr Cyganik, Polish
  • Alexey Holod, Russian
  • Sergio Ferreira Ruiz, Spanish

Natural World and Wildlife

  • Nadia Aly, American
  • Nick Edwards, British
  • Tracey Lund, British
  • Sandi Little, Canadian
  • Guillermo Ossa, Colombian
  • Jeroen Beekelaar, Dutch
  • Greg Lecoeur, French
  • Roberto Marchegiani, Italian
  • David Salvatori, Italian
  • Msaaed Al Gharibah, Kuwaiti
  • Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peruvian
  • Manuel Enrique González Carmona, Spanish
  • Angel Fitor, Spanish
  • Yung-sen Wu, Taiwan Region


  • Mikeila Borgia, Argentinean
  • Yuliya Kalamiytsava, Belarusian
  • Richard Ansett, British
  • Sean Hayes, British
  • Jasem Khlef, Canadian
  • Tim Cavadini, German
  • Niccolò Cozzi, Italian
  • Hasan Torabi, Iranian
  • Olga Urbanek, Polish
  • Artem Mikryukov, Russian
  • Sergio Aparicio Olivas, Spanish
  • Elena Merce, Spanish

Still Life

  • Maciek Jasik, American
  • Billie-Maree Ward, Australian
  • Diego Diaz, Colombian
  • Alice van Kempen, Dutch
  • N. A. Vague, German
  • Rachel Yee Laam Lai, Hong Kong SAR
  • Dalma Szondy, Hungarian
  • Gaurav Doshi, Indian
  • Pratik Parulekar, Indian
  • Masumi Shiohara, Japanese

Street Photography

  • Miranda Alam, American
  • Md. Akhlas Uddin, Bangladeshi
  • Zhou Dainan, China Mainland
  • Arnaud Guillard, French
  • Carole Pariat, French
  • Yiannis Linosporis, Greek
  • Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, Italian
  • Daniel Gentelev, Israeli
  • Audun Nygaard, Norwegian
  • Stan De Zoysa, Spanish
  • Jonas Dahlström, Swedish
  • Fabian Ruchti, Swiss
  • Denys Borysov, Ukrainian

Travel (supported by Eurostar)

  • Agustin Belussi, Argentinean
  • Lauren Hook, Australian
  • Lu Quanhou, China Mainland
  • Nicolas Boyer, French (2 images)
  • Francis Rousseau, French
  • Johannes Laufs, German
  • Leung Ho Chan, Hong Kong SAR
  • Siddharth Sachar, Indian
  • Marco Zaffignani, Italian
  • Yukihito Ono, Japanese
  • Laily Hassan, Malaysian
  • Jiho Park, South Korean
  • Poramin Kanyakool, Thai
  • Trung Pham Huy, Vietnamese

Photographers aged 12-19 were asked to respond to a theme of ‘Diversity’ with a single image. The Youth Photographer of the Year will be announced April 17.

  • Name / Nationality / Age on competition closing date
  • Zelle Westfall / American / 17 years old
  • Johannes Weigl / Austrian / 16 years old
  • Faiyad Uzzaman / Bangladeshi
  • Emma Last / British / 16 years old
  • Xinyu Fu / China Mainland / 17 years old
  • Ilia Bugaev / Moldovan / 17 years old
  • Stepan Chubaev / Russian / 19 years old
  • Jeremy Kupfuwa / Zimbabwean