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Sony World Photography Awards 2020 - The Winners

Sony World Photography Awards 2020 – The Winners

| On 24, Apr 2020

Gli scatti fotografici vincitori del Sony World Photography Awards edizione 2020.

di Redazione Art Vibes


Picture: © Craig McGowan – Ice Reflections, Australia, Winner, Open, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. A solitary iceberg, set against the fjord walls in Northeast Greenland National Park.


La World Photography Organization ha annunciato i vincitori e i finalisti della categoria Open dei Sony World Photography Awards edizione 2020, assegnando i dovuti riconoscimenti alle migliori singole immagini scattate nel 2019.

Ogni vincitore ha ricevuto le più recenti apparecchiature di imaging digitale realizzate da Sony per sviluppare la propria visione e andrà a competere per il prestigioso titolo Open Photographer of the Year per un premio di $ 5.000 (USD). Il vincitore generale della categoria Open sarà annunciato il 9 giugno.

 

I dieci vincitori delle rispettive categorie

ARCHITETTURA: Rosaria Sabrina Pantano (Italia) con “Emotional Geography”, un’immagine in bianco e nero che ritrae una scultura a forma di piramide di Mauro Staccioli, che si trova nel punto esatto in cui le coordinate geografiche toccano il 38° parallelo.


CREATIVE: Suxing Zhang (Cina continentale) con “Knot”, un ritratto di una giovane donna con un collage di elementi simbolici. Questa singola immagine in bianco e nero fa parte della serie “Hua” (che significa fiore in cinese) che considera i fiori come metafore della femminilità.


CULTURE: Antoine Veling (Australia) con “Mark 5:28”, fotografia che cattura il momento esatto in cui parte del pubblico è stato invitato sul palco a ballare durante un concerto di Iggy Pop alla Sydney Opera House il 17 aprile 2019. L’immagine si concentra sul cantante, rileva inoltre una donna che raggiunge per toccarlo e un assistente di scena che lotta per tenere a bada le persone. La scena, paragonata a un dipinto di Caravaggio, evoca un passaggio biblico: “Se tocco solo i suoi vestiti, sarò guarito“. (Marco 5: 25-34, linea 28).

 

© Antoine Veling - Mark 5:28, Australia, Winner, Open, Culture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Antoine Veling – Mark 5:28, Australia, Winner, Open, Culture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. When audience members were invited on stage to dance at an Iggy Pop concert in Sydney Opera House, Australia, on 17 April 2019, it showed the warm welcome Aussies extend to overseas artists who travel long distances to reach them. A woman’s outstretched arm lunges to touch Iggy. He seems unaware of her approach as the crowd presses around him. One of Iggy’s assistants, Jos (in the grey checked shirt) tries to make some space around Iggy. The scene is reminiscent of a passage from the Bible: ‘Because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”’ (Mark 5:25-34, line 28). The image has been likened to religious paintings by Caravaggio, and his chiaroscuro technique. It went crazy on social media, making 40,000 people, including Iggy Pop, very happy.

LANDSCAPE: Craig McGowan (Australia) con “Ice Reflections”, l’immagine di un iceberg solitario, appoggiato alle le pareti di un fiordo nel Parco nazionale della Groenlandia nord-orientale. L’iceberg e il paesaggio circostante si specchiano perfettamente nelle limpide acque del fiume dando vita a una fotografia pittorica e astratta.


MOTION: Alec Connah (Regno Unito) con “Going Down!”, un frame che ritrae il momento in cui le quattro torri di raffreddamento della centrale elettrica di Ironbridge nello Shropshire sono state demolite il 6 dicembre 2019.


 

© Alec Connah - Going Down! United Kingdom, Winner, Open, Motion, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Alec Connah – Going Down! United Kingdom, Winner, Open, Motion, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. Despite measuring 125 metres high, it took the four cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire, England, just 10 seconds to be demolished on 6 December 2019. The towers had been a feature of the landscape for 50 years, but were brought down as part of a new development on the site. The demolition had been a long time coming – the towers were close to a river, railway line and protected woodland, so their destruction had to be precise. This picture was taken from my garden, which is on the hillside opposite the site.

NATURAL WORLD & WILDLIFE: Guofei Li (Cina continentale) con “Tai Chi Diagram”, immagine scattata in Botswana, due ghepardi si leccano a vicenda dopo una caccia riuscita: la loro posizione ricorda la forma del simbolo Yin e Yang.


PORTRAITURE: Tom Oldham (Regno Unito) con “Black Francis”, ritratto in bianco e nero del frontman dei Pixies Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis), originariamente commissionato per la rivista MOJO.


STILL LIFE: Jorge Reynal (Argentina) con “A Plastic Ocean”, la fotografia di un pesce morto che sembra avere difficoltà a respirare all’interno di un sacchetto di plastica, un monito per evidenziare la crisi dell’inquinamento da plastica che colpisce i nostri oceani.


STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: Santiago Mesa (Colombia) con “Colombia Resiste”, un’immagine che documenta l’aggressione delle forze dell’ordine nei confronti di un dimostrante durante una manifestazione nella città di Medellin, teatro come tutta l’America Latina di tumulti e rivolte a causa del costante aumento del costo della vita, della disuguaglianza della mancanza di opportunità.


TRAVEL: Adrian Guerin (Australia) con “Riding a Saharan Freight Train”, un’immagine catturata dalla cima della carrozza posteriore di un treno di minerale di ferro in Mauritania. Il convoglio stava percorrendo una lunga tratta di circa 700 km dalla città costiera di Nouadhibou al deserto sahariano di Zouérat . Con una lunghezza di 2,5 km, è uno dei treni più lunghi del mondo che trasporta più di 200 carrozze piene di rocce.


Le immagini straordinarie della rosa dei candidati di quest’anno includono “Pinball Pier” di Stephen Tomlinson (Regno Unito, Architecture), una veduta panoramica di Brighton Pier illuminata al crepuscolo; “Metamorphosis” di Stanislav Stankovskiy (Federazione Russa, Creative), un’immagine cinematografica di luci di automobili che illuminano l’oscurità in una notte nebbiosa; “Rivers” di Or Adar (Israele, Paesaggio), uno sguardo dall’alto alla rete di fiumi e insenature in una zona paludosa vicino a Venezia, Italia.

That’s Nothing to Laugh About” di Adam Stevenson (Australia, Natural World & Wildlife), una fotografia di un kookaburra solitario arroccato su un ramo di albero bruciato che sorveglia il danno lasciato sulla scia da uno dei tanti devastanti incendi boschivi che hanno colpito l’Australia qualche mese fa; “Mother Love” di Ottavio Marino (Italia, ritrattistica), un toccante esempio dei legami profondi che esistono tra una madre e suo figlio.

 

© Wen Lu - Line, China, Shortlist, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Wen Lu – Line, China, Shortlist, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. A clear line separates the crowded village houses and the forest reserve in Guangzhou, China.

© Eng  Tong tan - Balcony, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Eng Tong tan – Balcony, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. On my family summer holiday in Tokyo, Japan, I saw this beautiful balcony on our way from Shimbashi Station to Hamarikyu Gardens.

© Adrian Guerin - Riding a Saharan Freight Train, Australia, Winner, Open, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Adrian Guerin – Riding a Saharan Freight Train, Australia, Winner, Open, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. At 2.5km long, the iron-ore train in Mauritania is one of the longest trains in the world. It covers over 700km on its journey from the coastal town of Nouadhibou to the Saharan wilderness of Zouérat. More than 200 carriages are loaded with rocks in Zouérat, before the train begins its long journey back to Nouadhibou. I rode the train in both directions in July 2019. On the first leg of the journey I learnt that in order to photograph the full length of the train I needed to stand on the rocks for height, position myself in a rear carriage to get the full view, and keep the sun behind me. Alas, none of this was possible until the morning of day three, at which point I had almost given up. This shot was taken as I balanced on my toes atop a mountain of rocks, trying to remain steady as the train jolted from side to side.

© Santiago Mesa - Colombia Resiste, Colombia, Winner, Open, Street photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Santiago Mesa – Colombia Resiste, Colombia, Winner, Open, Street photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. In recent years, a number of protests have broken out across Latin America. Reasons for this unrest range from a proposed end to fuel subsidies in Ecuador to a rise in metro fares in Chile, and feelings of inequality and a general lack of opportunity in Colombia. In Medellín, north-western Colombia, workers and street vendors were taking part in a march when the Medellin riot squad dispersed them.

© Kunkun Liu - At Midday, China, Shortlist, Open, Still Life, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Kunkun Liu – At Midday, China, Shortlist, Open, Still Life, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. I was exploring an abandoned swimming pool in my hometown when I noticed this mottled wall and cabinet. At noon, a beautiful shadow appeared. The scene felt peaceful, warm and hopeful, so I took a picture with my mobile phone.

© Guofei Li - Tai Chi Diagram, China, Winner, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Guofei Li – Tai Chi Diagram, China, Winner, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. These cheetahs had just eaten an antelope, and were licking the bloodstains off each other’s faces. It’s a very rare posture, and one that reminded me of the traditional Chinese Tai Chi diagram. The picture was taken in Botswana in January 2019.

© Jaime Diaz - Tribute to Robert Frank, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Jaime Diaz – Tribute to Robert Frank, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. This photo of a trumpet player in a Holy Week procession in Madrid, Spain, is a tribute to Robert Frank’s seminal photography book The Americans – in particular the image Political Rally, Chicago, 1956. It was taken in April 2019, a few months before Frank passed away.

© Jaime Diaz - Tribute to Robert Frank, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Julia Wimmerlin – Connection, Ukraine, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. When I saw this mother and baby orangutan interacting in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia, I couldn’t believe my luck – it was the most humanlike, heartwarming scene I have witnessed there. Much like humans, baby orangutans stay with their mothers until they are seven years old. For the first few years they don’t leave their mother’s side – they grab on to her hair and are carried everywhere.

© Suxing Zhang - Knot, China, Winner, Open, Creative, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Suxing Zhang – Knot, China, Winner, Open, Creative, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. This picture is from my series ‘Hua’, which means flower in Chinese. Flowers are often used as metaphors for life and eroticism in art. Hua explores the commonalities and connections between flowers and the feminine – in particular, emotional vulnerability and sensitivity. Qualities such as calmness, and emotions such as uncertainty, fear, anxiety and loneliness are translated into conceptual and artistic forms. In Knot, I use a combination of light and texture to create strong visuals that heighten the senses. I like to use symbolic and metaphoric ingredients in my work, which I hope allows the audience to blend their own subjectivity with the objectivity of the photograph, leading to different interpretations and emotions.

© Rosaria Sabrina Pantano - Emotional Geometry, Italy, Winner, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.
© Rosaria Sabrina Pantano – Emotional Geometry, Italy, Winner, Open, Architecture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. Having returned to Sicily for the holidays, myself and a group of friends visited Fiumara d’Arte, an open museum showcasing sculptures made by contemporary artists, located along the banks of the Tusa River. Among these works is 38° Parallelo by Mauro Staccioli – a pyramid that stands at the exact point where the geographical coordinates touch the 38th parallel.

© Hsiang Hui - Dawn at Walakiri Beach, Sylvester Wong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Hsiang Hui – Dawn at Walakiri Beach, Sylvester Wong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. This iconic dancing mangrove tree is found at Walakiri Beach, Sumba, Indonesia. The water was calm at dawn and offered some wonderful reflections.

© Cristina Coral - Making Architecture, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards
© Cristina Coral – Making Architecture, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards. The body is positioned in the space in such a way that it becomes part of a geometrical composition. As a result, the individual become part of a unified form.

– via: Art Vibes submission – photo courtesy of: Sony Photography Awards


– website: worldphoto.org


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