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In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards shortlist

February 23, 2016

The shortlist for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced. This year’s competition received more than 230,000 entries from 186 countries.

The images will be on show Somerset House in London from 22 April to 8 May, and the winners announced on 21 April.

Dominique Green, who chairs the documentary jury, said: “I was moved by the depth of passion and commitment the photographers show to society through their work.”

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Stephan Zirwes

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Stephan Zirwes’s work, in the Professional Architectural category, focuses on water as a vital resource, its use for entertainment and the privatisation of a public asset.

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Fauzan Ijazah

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In the Professional Portraiture category, Fauzan Ijazah’s Stateless Women looks at the lives of Rohingya women, refugees from Myanmar living in Indonesia.

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Rob Gregory

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Rob Gregory’s pictures were taken for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s adaptive sports programme and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.

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Andrey Narchuk

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Andrey Narchuk’s photograph of an inquisitive baby fur seal in the Bering Sea is shortlisted in the Open Nature and Wildlife section.

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Patrick Sinkel

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Fight for your dreams – The boxers of Bukom, by Patrick Sinkel, is shortlisted in the Professional Sport category. Boxing is a long-held tradition in Bukom, a suburb of Accra, in Ghana, a country that has produced a couple of world champions, the most famous being Azumah Nelson.

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Elie Kauffmann

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Elie Kauffmann’s shot of two people taking pictures of pelicans in Namibia is shortlisted in the Open People category.

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Steiner Wang

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Steiner Wang’s Cloud Flamingo is shortlisted in the Open Nature and Wildlife category.

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Anton Unitsyn

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Anton Unitsyn documented the people of the Russian town of Solvychegodsk. Once famous for its salt, its population has reduced substantially in the past quarter of a century.

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Nikolai Linares

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Nikolai Linares’s portraits of the silver medallists at Copenhagen’s Zealand Boxing Championships are shortlisted in the Professional Sport category.

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Oliver Schwarzwald

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Animals vs Jewellery was taken by Oliver Schwarzwald for Stern magazine.

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Antoine Repesse

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Antoine Repesse’s #365, Unpacked series, in the Professional Campaign category, is the result of four years’ work during which he collected his recyclable waste.

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Talia Rudofsky

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Talia Rudofsky, competing in the Youth category, said: “I took this photograph on Promenade de La Croisette, [Cannes,] during my summer holiday. Whilst everyone is mostly new wealth, this woman stood out, as she is relatively modest in appearance, and accompanied by a dog, as well as being elderly. I found it amusing how the dog shared the same facial expression as the woman.”

All photographs courtesy 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

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