2013 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus
- Ten global student finalists revealed Competing for €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment
- World Photography Organisation publish white paper on the future of photography education
The World Photography Organisation (WPO) today reveals the ten finalists of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition.
The date also coincides with the release of a white paper on the future of photography education by WPO. Both events mark WPO’s on-going commitment to support the emerging photographer and to discover the world’s finest new photography talent.
Over 230 universities entered this year’s Student Focus, which has established itself as the globe’s leading student photography programme and competition and involves over 20,000 students. Photographers were asked to enter a single image to capture the spirit of celebration in their country.
The judges, photography collector, curator and consultant W.M Hunt plus British photographers Jonathan Worth and Leonie Hampton, were asked to select six images from the six continents, plus four favourites from anywhere in the world to make a list of 10 finalists from the entries.
The finalists are: Africa – South Africa: Zanele Plaatjie, Vaal University of Technology
- Asia – Singapore: Eugene Soh, Nanyang Technological University
- Asia – India: Anshul Mehrotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Dehli
- Europe – Belgium: Andrea Azema, École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, Brussels
- Europe – Poland: Natalia Wiernik, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow
- Europe – Spain: Sarai Rua Fargues, Institut D’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona
- Europe – Wales: Aimee Turner, Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen
- North America – Mexico: Marcelo Sanchez, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey
- Oceania – New Zealand: Kim Annan, The University of Auckland, Auckland
- South America – Argentina: Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Escuela Motivarte, Buenos Aires
© Aimee Turner UK Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – Grandmother on a slot machine
© Andréa Azéma Belgium Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – I took this photography during winter break – my father had managed to find time in his schedule to have dinner with me in a restaurant. He was wearing his working suit and I thought the contrast with the Christmas decorations would be interesting. There is a strange, almost scary, atmosphere in this photography, not like the usual holiday pictures.
© Anshul Mehrotra India Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – This image was captured on the day of the Chhath Puja. Which is an ancient Hindu festival primarily dedicated to the healing energies of the Sun God Surya. On a winter morning of thanksgiving and prayer, when the life-force is worshipped I saw these two boys. Sitting on their father’s rickshaw, just under the flyover, where the road breaks down towards an uneven Ghat (steps that lead to the water bank). For me this festival, which is largely celebrated in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, two of the most populous and poorest states of the country, New Delhi, where they come, in search of a better shot at life, gets encapsulated in the joy and unadulterated pleasure that these two young boy seek in each other on seeing their parents return from the shore. These two boys signify for me this celebration of life & joy and faith and that fleeting moment that happiness is, all celebrations, moments, occasions are and photography for me certainly is.
© Eugene Soh Singapore Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – This was shot in June 2012 at Singapore's East Coast Beach with the iconic Marina Bay Sands in the background. One of the challenges was to get the coupled angels in flight so we shot everyone separately and computer manipulated the photo montage with Photoshop.
© Kim Annan New Zealand Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – The image was shot with an 8×10 large format view camera loaded with colour photographic paper. It was a four-minute exposure. The image is of Kim’s sister and her partner, and was staged at Auckland’s Britomart Train Station.
© Marcelo Sancehz Mexico Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – I was doing some research of down syndrome cases in my country. The picture was taken spontaneously in a very rainy day. I just felt it was the right way to do it, i felt it inside me.
© Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea Argentina Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – In this picture I wanted to reflect the celebration of Pachamama. It is a very beautiful festival celebrated by the original Andean peoples of Latin America in honor of the fertility of the land. The purpose of this great celebration is to thank mother earth with joy for all that nature gives us and to give offerings demonstrating gratefulness and devotion. With the colors I wanted to represent the flag of native peoples and the joy in their culture. I was inspired by their fervent devotion, worthy of admiration, that produces in us the desire to celebrate with them the greatness of Nature.
© Natalia Wiernik Poland Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – A rabbit – a symbol of fertility. Revealing the place of worship – touched by the sings of the passing time natural alter, a piece of furniture adapted for the needs of the ceremony. Among the baroque splendor of forms – profanum becames sacrum. Vulgarity gets sacred. Fertil nature is temporarily subdued for the need of the ritual. The image becomes an Icon. Animal raised/elevated by the author comes into a role of either a victim or an object of adoration.
© Sarai Rua Fargues Spain Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – The picture was taken during the 30th birthday party of my sister and two of her friends from childhood. It was a very nice moment, several friends brought 3 cakes with candles, and formed a circle around them. I then moved around capturing the emotions from ones and others.
© Zanele Plaatjie South Africa Student Focus Finalist 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – The image was taken in Sharpeville during the youth day celebrations that happens on 16 June every year. This event is celebrated in commemoration of the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. An estimated 20 000 students protested the forced medium of instruction in Afrikaans, which they saw as the language of the oppressor. Many students died that day as a result of clashes between them and the police.
All will now compete to win the overall Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for their university.
Each student will have their images exhibited at Somerset House, London as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 26 April – 12 May. The photographs will also be published in the 2013 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
The finalists also receive a Sony α65 camera on which will shoot a series of images exploring what the word ‘family’ means to them; the judges will select an overall winner from these images.
All students and their professors will be flown to London by WPO to find out which school has won the 2013 Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment, when it is revealed at the glamorous Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 25 April.