Stunning: Sony World Photo Awards 2019 Shortlist (Open and Youth)

Sony World Photography Awards have revealed their first selection of outstanding photos from their 2019 Open and Youth shortlist.
Above: © Pan Jianhua, China, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

If you’ve been eagerly following the annual Sony World Photography Awards, we have some exciting news for you. This year’s first shortlist announcement is finally out, showcasing some of the past year’s best single images from across the globe. The first batch features exceptional photos chosen by the World Photography Organization for the Open and Youth competitions.

This year’s shortlist was culled from yet another record-breaking number of entries to this prestigious award, at 326,000 submissions from 195 countries and territories. Photographers from the United Kingdom, Italy, and the USA sent the highest volume of entries, with Mexico, India, Korea, and the UK having the biggest increase in number of submissions. Landscape and Portraiture remained the most popular categories, while more recent ones like Creative enabled photographers to push the boundaries of the craft.

The Open shortlist showcases outstanding works from across ten different categories, with subject matters ranging from underwater photographs to portraits, to urban scenes, and magical landscapes. The Open competition also has a new Creative category, while two categories are joined by new partners: Culture Trip for Culture and Eurostar for Travel.

© Arnaud Guillard, France, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Gérard Bret, France, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Carole Pariat, France, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Mariëtte Aernoudts, Netherlands, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Lu Quanhou, China, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Martin Stranka, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Open, Creative (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Sandi Little, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Shaun Mills, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Youth shortlist, meanwhile, features eight impressive single images snapped by 12-19 year olds in response to the theme “Diversity”.

© Zelle Westfall, United States of America, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Stepan Chubaev, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Xinyu Fu, China, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Faiyad Uzzaman, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Emma Last, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Ilya Bugaev, Moldova (Republic of), Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Jeremy Kupfuwa, Zimbabwe, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The shortlisted photographers for the Open competition will now vie for their respective categories and stand the chance to emerge as the Open Photographer of the Year with a prize of $5,000. One young photographer will also be chosen as the Youth Photographer of the Year in April. The Professional shortlist is slated to be announced next on February 26.

Visit the World Photography Organization’s official website for more information on the Sony World Photography Awards.