Showcasing exceptional series by the best artists working worldwide in photography, the World Photography Organisation on Tuesday revealed the shortlisted photographers for the Professional and Student competitions of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. Within the world-leading Professional shortlist is a series by Romanian artist Felicia Simion.
Being shortlisted is significant as the Awards offer photographers unparalleled opportunity to showcase their art to a global audience and present a vibrant and diverse insight into photography today. All shortlisted Professional photographers will now compete to win their category and be named Photographer of the Year, revealed April 17.
The Professional shortlist comprises stunning series selected across ten diverse categories, showcasing some of the best photographic stories published within the past year.
Felicia Simion is a Bucharest-based visual artist and freelance photographer who has been shortlisted in the Architecture category for her series H o m e.
Simion graduated in 2016 from the Bucharest National University of Arts, followed by an MA degree in Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Bucharest. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been published in major media outlets.
Simion’s shortlisted series challenges the traditional Romanian view that “the house is considered the nucleus of family life, a primordial space which generates and preserves vital energies”. The photographic artist travelled across Romania many times to witness villages and towns undergoing transformation due to globalization. Focusing on both ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ homes, for her series she describes that “by isolating them in natural landscapes, as a form of decontextualization, I questioned the meanings and attributes of these habitats, and how they are reflected in the fluidity of architectural styles. Is the house still a primordial site, or have its functions diminished to the merely utilitarian? Has the house been relocated from the center of the world to its periphery?”
Simion was also commended in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Speaking of her progression and success this year, she states “It was a great surprise and honor to find my name on the “Architecture” category shortlist of the 2019 Professional competition. Receiving such an appreciation of my work determines me to pursue my passion and projects further. Thank you!”
Judging, Prizes and Exhibition
Specially selected by a panel of the world’s leading judges from academia, museums, publishing, festivals and the media, the Professional shortlist contains exceptional bodies of work which demonstrate artistic prowess and provide audiences with captivating stories about humanity and the contemporary world.
This year’s Professional competition judging was chaired by Mike Trow (Editor, Photographer and Consultant, UK). Speaking of this year’s shortlist, he comments: “The work in this year’s Professional shortlist provoked a lot of debate and interest amongst the jury, with interesting conceptual work and juxtapositioning of images to make new narratives, seen alongside more traditional storytelling. It is in some ways a more challenging and contentious year than ever before – which is a great thing, and important for pushing the boundaries of photography and to challenge the perceptions and expectations of the audience.”
Shortlisted photographers will go on to compete against talented photographers from across the world to win their categories and have the chance to become Professional Photographer of the Year to be announced at the London Awards ceremony on April 17. Prizes include $25000 (USD) for the overall Professional winner as well as the latest cutting-edge Sony camera equipment, flights to the London Awards ceremony and the winning images will also be included in the 2019 Awards’ book.
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 to countries including Japan, Italy and Germany.
Record number of entries to 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
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. 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.
Now in their 12th year of partnership with headline sponsor Sony, the Awards 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). 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.