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Three Romanian photographers are on the list of finalists of Sony World Photography Awards 2019

The announcement of the list of SWPA 2019 finalists comes with a number of exceptional photos from around the world

  • All the finalist photos in the Open and Youth 2019 competitions are available at worldphoto.org/press
  • The ten winners of the Open category will be announced on February 26, while the winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on April 17, 2019

World Photography Organisation has revealed the selected photos for the Open and Youth competitions of Sony World Photography Awards 2019. Three Romanian photographers are behind some of the best pictures made in 2018.

The success of the Romanian photographers is remarkable, given that the 2019 edition has recorder the highest number of entries – 326,997 from 195 countries.

The list of the finalists in the Open competition refers to remarkable works selected out of ten different categories and includes 3 Romanian photographers, in 2 categories. The photographers and their works are:

  • Antonio Gandore with the picture called The Scream, in the Landscape category. Although the Romanian landscape illustrated in the photo looks impressive, the lake was actually poisoned by the mining area nearby.

  • In the Culture category, Alex Robciuc was selected with his photo Vasile Oanea. The intimate portrait illustrates Vasile’s life and how he combines the lifestyle that is specific to the Maramures region with the modern lifestyle.

  • The Culture category also includes Remus Daescu’s Mona Lisa (featured image). The picture catches the crowd in Louvre, Paris, trying to see the most famous painting signed by Leonardo da Vinci. Daescu stated: “Since my first years at the art school, I was dreaming most often to go to Louvre and admire the famous painting Mona Lisa. Of course, when I got there, reality hit me and I couldn’t even approach to the painting. Somehow, I expected to face this situation, but not like this. This experience made me think at technology, at the power or the lack of power of a single image and what does it mean to be authentic in the 21st century”.

These finalists will compete against the talented photographers all over the world in order to be the winners of their categories and become the Open Photographer of the Year. The prizes include the latest Sony photo equipment, the flight to the awarding ceremony held in London and USD 5000. The works of the Romanian finalist photographers will be presented at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2019, at Somerset House, London, then they will start a global tour. They will also be published in the annual book of SWPA.

Organized by World Photography Organisation, Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important photo events worldwide. The event celebrates 12 years along with its main sponsor Sony and includes a total number of four competitions: Professional (for a series of works), Open (for a single photo), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (12 to 19 years). The list of finalists in the Professional competition will be announced on March 26.


Record number of entries at Sony World Photography Awards 2019


One of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world, Sony World Photography Awards annually celebrates and promotes the best contemporary photo, selected from a wide range of photo graphic genres enrolled in the previous year.

The highest number of entries at SWPA was reached this year: 326,997 works competing in the four main competitions.


The Open and Youth jury


Sony World Photography Awards is anonymously judged by professionals in the international industry, including representatives of the international museums, publishing houses and media.

This year’s Open and Youth competitions were chaired by Rebecca McClelland, Photography Director & Head of Art Production of Saatchi Saatchi & Prodigious (U.K.).

“I was amazed by the variety of the photos that entered the Open and Youth competitions. SWPA is a very democratic assessment of the photography, either if we’re talking about traditions or emergent trends from all the genres, from nature to fashion. The contest provides a platform to the photographers from all over the world”, McClelland said.

“Judging the images is never easy, it’s important for us to have an equal appreciation regardless of the genre, to reach a fair result. Judging is performed anonymously to prevent nepotism or bias, which is extremely important. I can hardly wait to see these remarkable contemporary pictures at this year’s exhibition to be held at Somerset House”.

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