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Sony World Photography Awards 2013

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Il y a quelques jours, nous prenions l’eurostar direction Londres pour assister à un des événements photos les plus importants du monde : Sony World Photography Awards 2013.

Les World Photography Awards, créés par la World Photography Organisation (WPO) et parrainés par Sony, ont été inaugurés en 2007. La WPO soutient les photographes professionnels, amateurs et étudiants, et fournit une plate-forme mondiale permettant au secteur de la photographie de communiquer, de converger et de présenter les tendances actuelles du photojournalisme, des beaux-arts et de la photographie commerciale. En offrant à cette communauté mondiale des initiatives et des programmes variés, la WPO engage le photographe dans des activités commerciales, culturelles et pédagogiques au sein des nombreux secteurs de la photographie, tout en créant des activités culturelles destinées au grand public. Dans le portfolio actuel de la WPO se trouvent également le concours World Photography Student Focus, les festivals et les événements internationaux World Photo et le World Photography Focus Programme.

Pour cette année record, 122 000 photographies ont été reçues en provenance de 170 pays. Les juges ont présélectionné le travail de plusieurs photographes qui se sont nettement démarqués par leur qualité, leur originalité et leur modernisme. De nombreux thèmes ont été abordés, des images obsédantes du conflit syrien à la campagne présidentielle de Barack Obama, en passant par un reportage intime sur les cinéphiles de Kaboul et les trésors drôles et insolites du règne animal. Une sélection large et variée qui nous a touché, ému parfois choqué.

En réunissant ce qui se fait actuellement de mieux en matière de photographie contemporaine internationale, cette sélection d’images éclaire l’année 2012 d’un nouveau jour, à travers le regard des meilleurs jeunes talents et photographes professionnels au monde. Parmi les habitués, citons notamment Javier Arcenillas (Espagne), Robin Hammond (Nouvelle-Zélande) et Paolo Pellegrin (Italie). Quant aux jeunes talents prometteurs qui participent pour la première fois aux concours, saluons en particulier Ed Kashi (États-Unis) et Andrea Gjestvang (Norvège).

« La World Photography Organisation a pour vocation de trouver ce qui se fait de mieux en matière de photographie contemporaine internationale », a déclaré Astrid Merget, directrice de la création de la World Photography Organisation. « Cette sélection illustre clairement l’effervescence photographique actuelle et, comme chaque année, nous sommes impatients de présenter les photographes retenus au monde entier. »

Le travail des photographes sélectionnés sont exposés du 26 avril au 12 mai à la Somerset House de Londres, dans le cadre de l’Exposition 2013 des Sony World Photography Awards. Ces images seront également publiées dans l’édition 2013 du catalogue des Sony World Photography Awards.

Les lauréats du concours Professionnel et le gagnant du prestigieux prix « L’Iris d’Or du Photographe de l’année Sony World Photography Awards » ont été annoncés lors d’une cérémonie de gala auquel nous avons participé.

Voici les gagnants :
Architecture – Fabrice Fouillet, France

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Fabrice_Fouillet,_France,_1st_Place,_Architecture,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)

Fabrice_Fouillet,_France,_1st_Place,_Architecture,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)

Fabrice_Fouillet,_France,_1st_Place,_Architecture,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)


Arts and Culture – Myriam Meloni, Italy
A Ford Fairlane from 1972,  transformed into a limousine, wanders around the streets of Buenos Aires.

A Ford Fairlane from 1972, transformed into a limousine, wanders around the streets of Buenos Aires.

The twins Laura and Belén on the day of their birthday celebration.In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011. A luxury emblem used to transport politicians and rock stars in the '80s, nowadays the limousine turned into an icon of the Argentinean popular culture.  Brides in their white dresses, starlets television, fifteen years old celebrating their birthdays, and future husbands: they all share the  same sensation of sitting one night on an electric blue  Ford Fairlane from 1972. "Limousine porteña," explores a limited space in which many diverse things can happen. Between drunken, striptease, tears and laughter, the limousine is transformed into the scenario of ordinary people that use the dark tinted windows to release their fantasies and their transgression, under the curiosity of passersby. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.

The twins Laura and Belén on the day of their birthday celebration.In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.
A luxury emblem used to transport politicians and rock stars in the ’80s, nowadays the limousine turned into an icon of the Argentinean popular culture.
Brides in their white dresses, starlets television, fifteen years old celebrating their birthdays, and future husbands: they all share the same sensation of sitting one night on an electric blue Ford Fairlane from 1972.
« Limousine porteña, » explores a limited space in which many diverse things can happen. Between drunken, striptease, tears and laughter, the limousine is transformed into the scenario of ordinary people that use the dark tinted windows to release their fantasies and their transgression, under the curiosity of passersby. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.


Campaign – Christian Åslund, Sweden
Advertise campaign for the shoe brand Jim Rickey. Project: Honkey Kong - a 2d platform game perspective of the city. Shot on location in Hong Kong. Photographer and Creative Director: Christian Aslund Project Manager: Metecman Photo Assistent: Loa Bie

Advertise campaign for the shoe brand Jim Rickey.
Project: Honkey Kong – a 2d platform game perspective of the city. Shot on location in Hong Kong.
Photographer and Creative Director: Christian Aslund
Project Manager: Metecman
Photo Assistent: Loa Bie

Advertise campaign for the shoe brand Jim Rickey. Project: Honkey Kong - a 2d platform game perspective of the city. Shot on location in Hong Kong. Photographer and Creative Director: Christian Aslund Project Manager: Metecman Photo Assistent: Loa Bie

Advertise campaign for the shoe brand Jim Rickey.
Project: Honkey Kong – a 2d platform game perspective of the city. Shot on location in Hong Kong.
Photographer and Creative Director: Christian Aslund
Project Manager: Metecman
Photo Assistent: Loa Bie


Conceptual – Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine
Roman_Pyatkovka,_Ukraine,_1st_Place,_Conceptual,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)

Roman_Pyatkovka,_Ukraine,_1st_Place,_Conceptual,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)

Roman_Pyatkovka,_Ukraine,_1st_Place,_Conceptual,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(1)

Roman_Pyatkovka,_Ukraine,_1st_Place,_Conceptual,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(1)


Contemporary Issues – Valerio Bispuri, Italy
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Valerio_Bispuri_Italy_1st_place_Contemporary_Issues_Professional_Competition_2013(2)

Valerio_Bispuri_Italy_1st_place_Contemporary_Issues_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)

Valerio_Bispuri_Italy_1st_place_Contemporary_Issues_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)


Current Affairs – Ilya Pitalev, Russia
Ilya_Pitalev,_Russian_Federation,_1st_Place,_Current_Affairs,_2013_Sony_World_Photography_Awards_(1)_copy

Ilya_Pitalev,_Russian_Federation,_1st_Place,_Current_Affairs,_2013_Sony_World_Photography_Awards_(1)_copy

Ilya_Pitalev,_Russian_Federation,_1st_Place,_Current_Affairs,_2013_Sony_World_Photography_Awards_(2)_copy

Ilya_Pitalev,_Russian_Federation,_1st_Place,_Current_Affairs,_2013_Sony_World_Photography_Awards_(2)_copy


Fashion – Klaus Thymann, Denmark
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Klaus_Thymann,_Denmark,_1st_Place,_Fashion_&_Beauty,_Professional_Competition_2013_(2)

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Klaus_Thymann,_Denmark,__1st_Place,_Fashion_&_Beauty,_Professional_Competition_2013


Landscape – Nenad Saljic, Croatia
Nenad_Saljic,_Croatia,_1st_Place,_Landscape,_Professional_Competition_2013_(2)

Nenad_Saljic,_Croatia,_1st_Place,_Landscape,_Professional_Competition_2013_(2)

Nenad_Saljic,_Croatia,_1st_Place,_Landscape,_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)

Nenad_Saljic,_Croatia,_1st_Place,_Landscape,_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)


Lifestyle – Alice Caputo, Italy
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Alice_Caputo,_Italy,__1st_Place,__Lifestyle,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(2)

Alice_Caputo,_Italy,__1st_Place,__Lifestyle,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(1)

Alice_Caputo,_Italy,__1st_Place,__Lifestyle,_Professional_Competition,_2013_(1)


Nature & Wildlife – Satoru Kondo, Japan
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Satoru_Kondo,_Japan,_1st_Place,_Nature_&_Wildlife,_Professional_Competition_2013_(2)

Satoru_Kondo,_Japan,_1st_Place,_Nature_&_Wildlife,_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)

Satoru_Kondo,_Japan,_1st_Place,_Nature_&_Wildlife,_Professional_Competition_2013_(1)


People – Andrea Gjestvang, Norway
One Day in History Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011.  “I bear my scares with dignity, because I got them standing for something I believe in.” Ylva Schwenke (15) from Tromsø hid by a path called “The love path”. She was shot in the shoulder, her stomach and in both of her thighs. Photo: Andrea Gjestvang/Moment

One Day in History
Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011.
“I bear my scares with dignity, because I got them standing for something I believe in.”
Ylva Schwenke (15) from Tromsø hid by a path called “The love path”. She was shot in the shoulder, her stomach and in both of her thighs.
Photo: Andrea Gjestvang/Moment

One Day in History Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011.  “In the period after Utøya I had a really hard time sleeping. I was afraid of the dark and suffered from dreadful nightmares. My mom and I decided that getting a dog might help me, so I got Athene. Now she sleeps on top of my stomach every night.” Iselin Rose Borch (15) from Grong was hiding behind a rock by the pump house on the island. She was rescued by tourists in a boat. Photo: Andrea Gjestvang/Moment

One Day in History
Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011.
“In the period after Utøya I had a really hard time sleeping. I was afraid of the dark and suffered from dreadful nightmares. My mom and I decided that getting a dog might help me, so I got Athene. Now she sleeps on top of my stomach every night.”
Iselin Rose Borch (15) from Grong was hiding behind a rock by the pump house on the island. She was rescued by tourists in a boat.
Photo: Andrea Gjestvang/Moment


Portraiture – Jens Juul, Denmark
Six degrees of Copenhagen

Six degrees of Copenhagen

Six degrees of Copenhagen

Six degrees of Copenhagen


Sport – Adam Pretty, Australia
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Melissa Wu of Australia practices during a diving training session ahead of the London Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park on July 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Melissa Wu of Australia practices during a diving training session ahead of the London Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park on July 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States and Tyson Gay of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States and Tyson Gay of the United States to win the Men’s 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)


Still Life – Vanessa Colareta, Peru
Vanessa_Colareta,_Peru,_1st_Place,_Still_Life,_Professional,_2013_(2)

Vanessa_Colareta,_Peru,_1st_Place,_Still_Life,_Professional,_2013_(2)

Vanessa_Colareta,_Peru,_1st_Place,_Still_Life,_Professional,_2013_(1)

Vanessa_Colareta,_Peru,_1st_Place,_Still_Life,_Professional,_2013_(1)


Travel – Gali Tibbon, Israel
A ray of light penetrates into the church from a cross shaped window as a pilgrim walks by. Every year, just before Christmas day (Julian calendar) thousands of pious Christian orthodox worshippers make pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in Ethiopia’s highlands, known as Jerusalem of Africa or Black Jerusalem. Lalibela is famous for its 13th century monolithic churches, carved out of the living rock and one of the world's great wonders.

A ray of light penetrates into the church from a cross shaped window as a pilgrim walks by.
Every year, just before Christmas day (Julian calendar) thousands of pious Christian orthodox worshippers make pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in Ethiopia’s highlands, known as Jerusalem of Africa or Black Jerusalem. Lalibela is famous for its 13th century monolithic churches, carved out of the living rock and one of the world’s great wonders.

Pilgrims gather to watch as an infertile worshipper is lowered into a baptism pool with a rope held by priests; according to local faith the holy water has fertility powers that will allow her to conceive.  Every year, just before Christmas day (Julian calendar) thousands of pious Christian orthodox worshippers make pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in Ethiopia’s highlands, known as Jerusalem of Africa or Black Jerusalem. Lalibela is famous for its 13th century monolithic churches, carved out of the living rock and one of the world's great wonders.

Pilgrims gather to watch as an infertile worshipper is lowered into a baptism pool with a rope held by priests; according to local faith the holy water has fertility powers that will allow her to conceive.
Every year, just before Christmas day (Julian calendar) thousands of pious Christian orthodox worshippers make pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in Ethiopia’s highlands, known as Jerusalem of Africa or Black Jerusalem. Lalibela is famous for its 13th century monolithic churches, carved out of the living rock and one of the world’s great wonders.


Open Photographer of the Year – Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
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Hoang_Hiep_Nguyen,_Vietnam,_Open_Photographer_of_the_Year,_2013


Student Focus Photographer of the Year – Natalia Wiernik, Poland
Natalia_Wiernik,_Poland,_Student_Focus_Photogrpaher_of_the_Year,_2013

Natalia_Wiernik,_Poland,_Student_Focus_Photogrpaher_of_the_Year,_2013

Natalia_Wiernik,_Poland,_Student_Focus_Photogrpaher_of_the_Year,_2013_(2)

Natalia_Wiernik,_Poland,_Student_Focus_Photogrpaher_of_the_Year,_2013_(2)


Youth Photographer of the Year – Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania
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Alecsandra_Raluca_Dragoi,_Romania,_Youth_Photographer_of_the_Year,_2013


2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards winners
Best Photography Book Award – War / Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels and Natalie Zest (Yale University Press)
Best Moving Image Book Award – Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (V&A Publishing)

Le prix d’honneur « Outstanding Contribution to Photography » a été William Eggleston, pionnier de la photographie en couleur.

L’Iris d’Or du Photographe de l’année Sony World Photography Awards a été attribué à Andrea Gjestvang pour sa série poignante sur les survivants du massacre de l’ile d’Utoeya près Oslo.

Très prochainement sur Luxsure vous pourrez voir des interviews des lauréats français.

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