The 2016 Sony World Photography Award Finalists

The annual contest run by the World Photography Organisation in conjunction with Sony recently announced its 2016 finalists, selected from 230,103 entries from 186 countries. We’ve pulled together a selection of shortlisted entries, accompanied by captions from each respective photographer.

_

RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS BY STEPHANIE SINCLAIR

“It is a life of close quarters and rigorous training, a life that many of the performers began in childhood. Their job is to convince the world that the circus still matters.”“There are more than 300 people that with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus blue unit, representing 25 different countries and speaking everything from Russian to Arabic to Guarani. A few travel in cars and trailers, but a majority, 270, live on the trains. Most come from multi-generation circus families, to the extent that collectively, the circus staff represents thousands of years of circus history.

The men and women all say that only circus people like them can understand the lifestyle. They spend 44 weeks of the year traveling an average of 20,000 miles from coast to coast on a train that is 61 cars ”a full mile” long. It is a life of close quarters and rigorous training, a life that many of the performers began in childhood. Their job is to convince the world that the circus still matters.”

Image © Stephanie Sinclair, Professional Daily Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards / National Geographic Creative

_

SELF-PORTRAIT BY IVANA PEJAK

"Imperfection"

Image © Ivana Pejak, Youth Portrait, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

BRYCE AMPHITHEATRE AT GOLDEN HOUR BY ANASUYA MANDAL

"The hoodoos of the Bryce Amphitheater glistened as the golden rays of the sun illuminated them, while the vista took my breath away."

Image © Anasuya Mandal, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS – THE BOXERS OF BUKOM BY PATRICK SINKEL

“Nowadays boxing is much more than a sport, it is a way to escape poverty and everyday problems.”“If one is thinking about countries being successful in boxing, just a few will have Ghana in mind. But Ghana produced a couple of world champions in boxing – the most famous one being Azumah Nelson. The weird fact about boxing in Ghana is all world champions are from Bukom, a small neighborhood of Accra. Bukom is a poor suburb, most people work as fishermen. But boxing here has a long tradition – it is the second nature of the people as many say. Hundreds of years ago, the Ga-People, an ethnic group who lives mainly in Accra, developed their own way of fighting.

Due to the British influence during colonization, the Ga came in touch with boxing. Since then boxing is the most famous sport in Bukom. Nowadays boxing is much more than a sport, it is a way to escape poverty and everyday problems. Many kids and juveniles dream of being a professional boxer in the US or Europe. They fight for their dreams, literally.”

Image © Patrick Sinkel, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

UNTITLED BY ALESSANDRO PENSO

“Lesvos, Greece Oct. 18, 2015. A mother and child wrapped in an emergency blanket after disembarking on the beach of Kayia, on the north of the Greek island of Lesvos.”

Image © Alessandro Penso, Professional, Current Affairs, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

BLOCK BY AURELIEN MARECHAL

“In transforming cities, these impressive sites are built in sometimes very distant suburbs”“An urban exploration into new residential areas of megacities in the People’s Republic of China. In transforming cities, these impressive sites are built in sometimes very distant suburbs where their vastness contrasts with the surrounding rural landscapes. Their dizzying redundancy offers a surreal and sinister scenery where it is difficult to imagine any human activity.”

Image © Aurélien Maréchal, Professional, Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

THE DEATH OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

“Day by day, the ultimate victim will be man himself.”In the migratory season, there’s still some people to catch the migratory birds by erecting the net in order to get a large profit, although the government has prohibited that. Thousands of migratory birds are killed each year, and the ecological balance is destroyed deeply. Day by day, the ultimate victim will be man himself. I hope these photos can play a role for the protection of migratory birds.”

Image © Yong An He, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

BIRD HUNTER BY KIKUNJ RATHOD

“This photo was clicked exactly during that moment as I thought of capturing uncondensed energy of this kid who looked vigorous and heated.”“This photo was clicked in Mumbai, India. One day when I was cycling through an abandoned/deserted area I encountered a group of street kids who were aiming for birds in the sky using their slingshots. I managed to convince these kids to demonstrate their shooting skills by aiming for a bottle. Surprisingly the situation became quite competitive among them self as each wanted to perform or show off by doing better than their colleagues. This photo was clicked exactly during that moment as I thought of capturing uncondensed energy of this kid who looked vigorous and heated.”

Image © Nikunj Rathod, Open, People, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

PROTECTION BY MOHAMMED YOUEF

“She spends the whole day trying to keep her cubs safe.”Her name is Malaika. She is well known in Masai Mara reservation (Kenya). her behavior towards her cubs is a great example of perfect motherhood. She spends the whole day trying to keep her cubs safe. After a lioness killed one of her cubs, she is left with five cubs.”

Image © Mohammed Youef, Professional, Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

ENCHANTED BAMBOO FOREST BY KEI NOMIYANA

“The population of these fireflies decreases every year in Japan, which may be influenced by environmental destruction.”“The season of a firefly comes around in Japan at the beginning of a rainy season. This firefly is a species called Luciola Parvula, [which] flies in the beautiful forest. In particular, the firefly in bamboo forests is valuable. The population of these fireflies decreases every year in Japan, which may be influenced by environmental destruction. This picture was taken under a little moonlight.”

Image © Kei Nomiyana, Open, Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

UNTITLED BY KAJAN MADRASMAIL

“Captured this fun and panning shot during an outing with my son in Singapore, early 2015.”

Image © Kajan Madrasmail, Open, Smile, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

WAKE UP CALL BY ALEXANDER INGLE

“This brief moment before jumping on his grandfather’s legs is one of pure joy.”“It’s Easter, and after a large celebratory meal, a moment’s peace is an opportunity for a nap. The youngest member of the Nawrot family, having none of it, climbs onto the sofa and prepares to wake ‘Dziadzia Jacek’ (his grandfather). This brief moment before jumping on his grandfather’s legs is one of pure joy.”

Image © Alexander Ingle, Open, Smile, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

_

x