The finalists have been announced for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. There are several spectacular entries in a number of categories, so we thought we’d let the images do the talking and list our favorites below.
Let us know which photographs you like and why in the comment section!
‘Eye to eye' © Brendon Cremer, South Africa, Commended, Open Wildlife and Winner, South Africa National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Zimanga game reserve, South Africa – Whilst sitting in an overnight hide on the edge of as waterhole, one never know what animals may come and drink. When this large male leopard showed up, the excitement was profound. It is not often that you get to photograph a leopard eye to eye on its level a mere 4 meters in front of you. Your heart races and adrenaline pumps through your veins, it truly was an experience of a lifetime.
‘Lightning Strike' © Santiago Borja, Winner, Ecuador National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. A storm is developing over the Ecuadorean Amazonia when all of the sudden, one of its powerful lightning leaves the storm and traces a very particular path in the air before hitting the ground away from the storm.
‘An unexpected meeting' © Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland, Winner, Open Wildlife and Winner, Poland National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. I was about to leave the Sequoia National Park when from the corner of my eye I saw a beautiful clearing bathed in A fog. Without thinking too much, I ran with the camera to take some pictures. When I reached the clearing, I heard the crack of broken twigs and I can't say, that I was not afraid since Sequoia National Park is a home for black bears and people are warned about it at every step. When I turned around, fortunately, there was not any bear, instead, I saw a curious mule deer walking towards me who cheerfully chewed his supper. Soon after other deer joined him and we just stood there together for a while and watched each other. It was one of the most beautiful moments during my trip thru California, this autumn.
‘Early autumn' © Veselin Atanasov, Winner, Open Landscape & Nature and Winner, Bulgaria National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The autumn has begun to decorate with its colors the woods of the Balkans. National Park – Central Balkan, Bulgaria.
‘every breath you take ‘ © Klaus Lenzen, Germany, Winner, Open, Enhanced (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The picture was taken in summer 2017 from 35 individual images of swimmers at the triathlon in the Duesseldorf Media Harbor. I was able to take a picture of them from above, while the athletes crossed a pedestrian bridge capturing their very individual “breathing techniques“. I was inspired by the work of Andreas Gursky, therefore I took the individual images with the highest possible sharpness. That enables me to display or print the overall picture in large format.
‘Friendship' © Md.Tofazzal Hossain, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Open Street Photography and Winner Bangladesh National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Childhood friendship.
‘The man and the mysterious tower' © Andreas Pohl, Germany, Winner, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Vertical wind tunnel built in the years 1934 to 1936 for aeronautical studies in Berlin-Adlershof. The photo was taken on 9th January 2017 at 4:26 pm when the dusk already set in. I took the photo because I had it in mind for more than 2 years without a chance…cause there is not much snow in Berlin.
Gas Station' © Chul-Ui Song, Winner, South Korea National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
‘Shapes of Lofoten' © Mikkel Beiter, Denmark, Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. This composition is quite popular amongst photographers at the moment and it's easy to understand why! The beautiful Mount Olstinden has almost the same shape as the roof of this cute yellow cabin and the yellow color creates some amazing contrast to the snow-covered mountain.
This place can be found in the Lofoten Archipelago at the small island named Sakrisøy. I've removed a small cabin on the left side during post process. Besides that, color correction, contrast, and sharpness has been done in Lightroom and Photoshop.
‘Dancing Northern Lights – Monochrome' © Isabelle Bacher, Austria, Commended, Open Motion and Winner, Austria National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Her heart beats north of the Arctic Circle. For four of the most important years of her life, Isabelle Bacher lived in northern Norway, learned to love the light of the Arctic and managed to photographically capture the bizarre fascination. One of her favorite places was a sandy beach overlooking the island of Bleikøya in Vesterålen, an archipelago in Nordland, Norway. In February 2017, on an unforgettable starry full moon night, the Northern Lights danced for several hours over the island.
‘Old friends' © Manuel Armenis, Germany, Winner, Open Street Photography and Winner, Germany National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Hamburg, Germany. Spring of 2017. The most graceful lady of her neighborhood, despite the burden of old age. Always stylish, colorful, in good spirits, smiling, never complaining, even though the every day is a struggle and a challenge for her. And never to be seen without her best friend—her little dog.