Five Indonesian photographers appears in the shortlist of the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards which is announced today (February 1). They are Hubert Januar, Alam Syah, Gde Wira Brahmana, Andiyan Lutfi and Nara Pratama. The 2011 competition has attracted more submissions than ever before, reaching all corners of the globe, with over 105,000 entries from 162 counties.
There are two kinds of competition: Professional competition and Open competition. The four photographers are finalists in the Open one but in different categories – Hubert Januar in Art & Culture, Alam Syah in Art & Culture, Gde Wira Brahmana in Fashion, Andiyan Lutfi in Nature & Wildlife and Nara Pratama in Travel.
“Honestly, I’m very happy and proud as well since I want to show the world how beautiful Indonesia is,” said Hubert Januar in his e-mail message. The similar feeling was also expressed by Gde Wira Brahmana: “I wonder how I could be a finalist but, of course, I am so glad. And I’m still glad if I won’t be a winner.”
Hubert sent three photos for two categories (Art & Culture and Travel). His photos depict cock fight in Bali, cow race in Padang and Bromo mountain in East Java. Meanwhile, Gde’s photo is about fashion image which is combined with a crime scene.
There are ten categories in the Open competition for anyone with an interest in photography. They are Action, After Dark, Architecture, Arts & Culture, Fashion, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile and Travel.
In the Professional competition there are 15 categories within the three subject genres: Photojournalism & Documentary (Current Affairs, Contemporary Issues, People, Arts & Culture and Sport); Commercial (Campaign, Travel, Lifestyle, Still Life and Fashion); and Fine Art (Architecture, Portraiture, Landscape, Still Life and Conceptual). The winners of the Professional categories will be announced on April 27 at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony. This will be held at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
The Sony World Photography Awards winners will be showcased as part of the World Photography Festival and Exhibitions at Somerset House in London. With an emphasis on creating a social networking and meeting place for photographers, the festival programme, which runs from April 26 to May 1, promises an eclectic mix of talks, screenings, portfolio reviews, peer critiques and workshops. The Sony World Photography Awards winners’ exhibition will stay open until 22 May 2011.