Thursday, 6 February 2014

My Picks | 2014 Sony World Photo Awards

Photo © Viviana Peretti, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Photo © Marcelo del Pozo, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Photo © Palani Mohan, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Photo © Ata Mohammad Adnan, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Although I have an innate allergy for photography contests, I often like to play judge myself.

One of those contest I have followed in the past, and have shared my choices on entries has been The Sony World Photography Awards, which has just announced its 2014 shortlist selected from 139,544 images from 166 countries.

I've viewed the 2014 Travel entries, and was disappointed by the category's shortlist. However, I viewed some excellent work in other categories, and I am featuring them here.

In particular order, I predict that one of the above photographers will be a finalist in the next round of judging. Viviana Peretti, Palani Mohan, Ata Mohammed Adnan and Marcelo del Pozo are my choices. All that remains is to see whether I'm as good as the esteemed judges involved in the decision.

In the meantime, the always excellent In Focus, The Atlantic's Photo blog, has featured some 33 shortlisted photographs in large format.

The first photograph is by Vivian Peretti, and is of a Colombian drag queen tries her costume on at the historic 'Casa de Reinas Linda LucĂ­a Callejas' in the gay district of Chapinero in Bogota.

The second photograph is by Marcelo del Pozo and is of penitents of "Las Aguas" (The Waters) brotherhood waiting before the start of their penance during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville.

The third photograph is by Palani Mohan, and is of Mongolian Kazakhs whose tradition is to domesticate and ride horses.

The fourth photograph is by Ata Mohammad Adnan of a train traveler in Bangladesh.