The finalists in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021and shortlisted photographers have been announced. This year professionals from the UK have proven to be strong contenders, particularly in the Portraiture division. All Britons, the three finalists in this category are:
Jane Hilton, Drag Queen Cowboys.
The images were taken just before the Covid-19 pandemic reached the US in February. They were inspired by John Houston’s 1961 film, The Misfits.
Julia Fullerton Batten, Looking Out from Within, 2020.
Capturing existence during lockdown, seen through a window of the subject’s home.
Craig Easton, Bank Top.
A collaboration with writer and academic Abdul Aziz Hafiz, the images examine the representation and misrepresentation of communities in northern England.
In the Nature & Wildlife category, three Brits were recognised for their impactful images.
Levon Biss was shortlisted for his series titled The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits, which displays the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Also shortlisted was Will Burrard-Lucas with his series Night of the Leopard, taken in the cosmopolitan Kenyan county of Laikipia.
One of the artists in the category, Graeme Purdy from Northern Ireland, has been chosen as a finalist. His photo-series, titled Raw Nature, was taken with wide-angle lenses and wireless triggers, placing the audience within proximity of some of nature’s most impressive animals in the wild.
1 © Jane Hilton, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Portraiture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
2 © Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Portraiture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
3 © Craig Easton, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Documentary Projects, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
4 © Levon Biss, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
5 © Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
6 © Graeme Purdy, Northern Ireland, Finalist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards