These gorgeous award-winning professional photographs will blow you away

(Pocket-lint) – There are photographs, and there are photographs. We have all taken some vacation snaps at a very enviable location, or in a moderately picturesque spot, and checked out the pictures later, pondering that skilled pictures may not be out of attain in spite of everything.

Properly, perhaps suppose twice about that – the pictures you are about to browse are from the shortlist of Skilled photographs from Sony’s 2021 World Photography Awards, and to say they’re gorgeous could be an understatement. 

© Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Black Leopard Below the Stars

Skilled photographer Will Burrard-Lucas defined that it took a very long time to seize this magnificent picture of a Black Leopard. He spent a yr photographing leopards in Kenya’s Laikipia County, with most of the creatures being evasive and tough to {photograph}. 

The Black Leopard is an unusual sight as properly, which makes this photograph much more magnificent. Earlier than this picture was taken the creature had apparently not been documented in that space for over 100 years. 

The pictures he took noticed Burrad-Lucas shortlisted in the Wildlife & Nature class within the 2021 Sony World Images Awards. 

© Aleksander Nordahl, Norway, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Hvaldimir, the White Whale

This picture is a part of a collection of photographs by skilled photographer Aleksander Nordahl referred to as Hvaldimir, the White Whale. They not solely noticed Nodahl being shortlisted but in addition allowed the photographer to inform the fascinating story behind the beluga whale:

“That is the story of a beluga whale referred to as Hvaldimir and a fisherman referred to as Joar Hesten. When the fisherman and former whaler jumped into the ice-cold Arctic water and freed Hvaldimir from a harness that had been fitted to the whale, each their lives modified ceaselessly. When this white mystic creature turned up within the Arctic waters of Norway, bordering Russia, American activists turned up. Hollywood referred to as and Saudi cash was spent. The pleasant beluga whale turned an Instagram star. When the fuss settled, Joar returned residence down south and Hvaldimir did likewise. In the summertime of 2020, he turned up within the fjord neighbouring Joar’s residence. Throughout that summer time and autumn, the previous whaler visited the whale, taking care of him and mentioned with aggravated fish farmers how they finest may defend it.”

© Tomas Vocelka, Czech Republic, Finalist, Professional, Architecture & Design, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Everlasting Looking Grounds

This uncommon picture is among the finalists in 2021’s Architecture & Design class. Like most of the different photographs on this article it exhibits simply a part of a totally fascinating story:

“The previous Drnov army advanced has been deserted for 17 years when two associates, Martin Chlum and Michal Seba, purchased the dilapidated facility so as to realise their dream of constructing a closing resting place for pets. Explaining the rationale for pursuing this mission one of many house owners displays: ‘When my canine died, I discovered that there weren’t any locations the place I may take him for cremation or burial’. With the assistance of Czech minimalist architect Petr Hajek they established what’s now often called the Everlasting Looking Grounds, an area comprising a mourning corridor, a crematorium and roughly 40 hectares of surrounding land the place wildlife can thrive.”

© Majid Hojjati, Iran, Finalist, Professional, Landscape, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Silent Neighborhoods

Majid Hojjati took a set of photographs named Silent Neighborhoods. These photographs noticed this skilled photographer chosen as one of many finalists within the panorama class. The photographs additionally inform a narrative of human life, gone however not forgotten:

” Every part in life is made up of impressions from the previous and no matter befalls us at present. The material which took one type yesterday takes on a brand new type now. All creatures nonetheless struggle for his or her survival. Nature is the battlefield. The forces of the world are as they’ve ever been; the waves of the ocean, storms, the earth itself. However finally it’s humanity, marching in all places, claiming the whole lot, proving to the world that it’s going to endure. We strove to reside, to take and to regulate, earlier than even understanding what to name ourselves. We predict we’ll final ceaselessly so we hunt, construct, put on garments and devour, altering our concepts and our instruments over time however by no means altering our methods. We chased after an increasing number of and one thing was all the time left behind. Houses have been deserted, chairs left empty and garments unworn, even the buttons of a shirt have been misplaced. Now we have raced to eternity, understanding life is fleeting, leaving the lights on behind us as if to say that after upon a time we have been alive. Listed below are the silent neighbourhoods: these locations freed from the presence of humanity. The noise of their silence may be heard in all places – however right here in these locations we’re condemned to listen to nothing.”

© Vito Fusco, Italy, Finalist, Professional, Documentary Projects, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The Killing Daisy

Skilled photographer, Vito Fusco from Italy makes use of gorgeous pictures abilities to inform an fascinating story about an in any other case harmless wanting flower:

“The pyrethrum is called the ‘flower of loss of life’ – a nickname that neatly describes this delicate daisy imbued with murderous energy. The pyrethrum is cultivated primarily within the hills of Nakuru in Kenya and is the arch foe of the insect world. When bugs encounter the substance they’re surprised into paralysis after which die. Used for hundreds of years as a pure insecticide, it was solely within the mid-Twentieth century that pyrethrum made an impression on the worldwide pesticides market, incomes an eminent place amongst pure pesticides. Throughout the Nineteen Eighties, the pyrethrum disaster started, instigated by the chemical synthesis of pyrethroids that led to the manufacturing of cheaper however non-organic merchandise. Immediately, nevertheless, this particular daisy is being grown as soon as once more on the clay hills of Nakuru at an altitude of over 1,500m. The Kenyan authorities has determined to liberalise the manufacturing of pyrethrum, opening it to personal firms in an bold try and revive the sector and assist native farmers meet the rising world demand for natural merchandise. As soon as sown, the plant gives a yield roughly each 15 days, all yr spherical.”

In one of many photographs a younger girl is seen fortunately choosing some flowers and little question Vito Fusco was equally happy to be chosen as a finalist for the documentary category

© Mark Hamilton Gruchy, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Creative, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The Moon Revisited

This picture by Mark Hamilton Gruchy exhibits that not all of the photographs from the Sony World Images Awards are totally severe. Right here NASAs photographs have been edited to suit into the inventive class and inform an fascinating story of how the Moon has barely modified for the reason that first Moon touchdown. 

“This physique of labor is made up of beforehand unprocessed photographs from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I’ve made my very own photographs to precise not solely modern points but in addition some that have been related on the time of the Apollo missions. These are sourced from copyright-free supplies that I’ve repurposed, processed and composited to create a dialog in regards to the unchanging side of the Moon contrasted with the Earth, which continues to be a dynamic place the place change can’t be prevented. With because of NASA and the JPL.”

© Luis Tato, Spain, Finalist, Skilled, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Locust Invasion in East Africa

One other finalist within the Wildlife & Nature category appears to point out the battle of man vis beast as a person is surrounded by lots of of locusts. The collection of images taken by Luis Tato present the sheer scale of the locust invasion and the havock they wreak. 

“Desert locusts are essentially the most harmful migratory pests on the earth. Thriving in moist circumstances in semi-arid to arid environments, billions of locusts have been feeding all through East Africa, devouring the whole lot of their path, and posing an enormous menace to the meals provide and livelihoods of tens of millions of individuals. Farmers stand by as armies of ravenous bugs eat their crops; in the meantime, herders watch the rangelands stripped naked earlier than their livestock can get to them. Excessive rainfall occasions and extreme climate anomalies have created excellent circumstances for locust breeding and feeding. Swarms of desert locusts from the Arabian Peninsula started rampaging throughout East Africa in early 2020, devouring crop and vegetation the place they landed. The disaster reached historic proportions, with 10 international locations within the Larger Horn of Africa and Yemen experiencing infestations. Some areas of East Africa, corresponding to Kenya, had not seen such extreme desert locust outbreaks in additional than 70 years. Covid-19 restrictions have considerably slowed efforts to struggle the infestation, as crossing borders has turn into harder, creating delays and disrupting the provision chains of pesticides and merchandise wanted to stop these pests from wiping out vegetation throughout the area and exposing tens of millions of individuals to excessive ranges of meals insecurity.”

© Frank Machalowski, Germany, Finalist, Professional, Architecture & Design, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


The photograph is considered one of a bunch of photographs by Frank Machalowski  known as Multiexpo. Proven off as finalists within the skilled Architecture & Design category, they provide an fascinating view of the world by way of multi-exposure methods. 

© Graeme Purdy, Northern Ireland, Finalist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

After the Battle

One other implausible wildlife {photograph} makes it into the finalists as Graeme Purdy’s collection “Raw Nature” exhibits off a set of magnificent beasts together with lions, leopards and crocodiles. 

“This collection of photographs was taken utilizing vast angle lenses and wi-fi triggers. With these iconic wild animals, being in shut proximity is simply too harmful, so that you must be creative and progressive. This distinctive perspective is complemented by an aerial picture of a hippo pod, in addition to underwater photographs inches away from wild crocodiles. I’ve aimed for a singular perspective displaying the uncooked magnificence and energy of the wild; hopefully, by way of extra empathy with nature, we’ll be taught to protect it. All animals are wild and free.”

© Brais Lorenzo Couto, Spain, Finalist, Professional, Portfolio, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Ourense, a Burned Land

Photojournalist Brais Couto’s portfolio of images have been chosen as finalists on this yr’s competitors with a spread of poignant and dramatic scenes captured on digicam. 

From pandemic to forest fires, his hometown of Ourense has actually seen some sights up to now yr. 

© Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Portraiture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Trying Out from Inside

It appears like we have all been caught inside determined to get again out into the true world during the last yr or so. Julia Fullerton-Batten’s photographs have accomplished an exquisite job of capturing that feeling. With a choice of portrait photographs snapped with individuals searching from inside their very own properties:

“Time stands nonetheless for many of us. It’s a delicate time; all of us really feel susceptible and anxious. I felt numb, however I knew I couldn’t stand round and do nothing, so I made a decision to doc at present’s existence as lived now by many individuals. I selected to seize them of their lockdown isolation, successfully imprisoned behind the home windows of their properties searching onto a distinct desolate world. My 12-year outdated son helped carry the lighting”

© Paloma Rincon, Spain, Finalist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Mexican Feast

As you may think, the still life category is stuffed with splendidly quirky imagery of all different types and shades. However our favorite is this selection chosen as one of many finalists and lovingly crafted by Paloma Rincon.

A set of vivid, vibrant and extremely vibrant foodstuffs offered in splendidly eye-pleasing methods. 

“Mexican Feast is a celebration of Mexican culture through its gastronomy and its handcraft traditions. In this series I bring these two worlds together in compositions that mix the edible with the imaginary. As a Mexican born photographer, the influences of colour, textures, bright lights and handmade goods form an important part of my style. My images juxtapose Mexican food platters and ingredients with traditional handcrafts and recognisable everyday local props. This series was shot in a studio in Madrid, where I am based.”

© Lorenzo Pennati, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Blu Design

It isn’t typically you see real-world settings bathed in the identical colors. Right here, Lorenzo Pennati has crafted a series of totally blue photographs with splendidly eye-pleasing outcomes. 

“This collection was shot for Marie Claire Maison Italia journal. It’s a sequence of photographs that represents a choice of modern designs reinterpreted in several shades of blue. Whereas creating this collection I stored Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s quote in thoughts: ‘The deeper the blue turns into, the extra strongly it calls man in the direction of the infinite, awakening in him a need for the pure and, lastly, for the supernatural… The brighter it turns into, the extra it loses its sound, till it turns into silent stillness and turns into white.’”

© Berenice Riu, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Social (Me)dia

Berenice Riu offers us a photographic view of social media networks mirrored in the true world. 

“I see social media as a mirrored image of humanity, with all its professionals and cons, and due to this fact a manner for us to grasp one another. There’s a substantial amount of criticism surrounding social media, however all of us use it. The vital factor is to grasp it as a communication channel and stay conscious that there is all the time one other human being on the receiving finish. From my perspective, there’s little level in attempting to flee social media: it’s a part of our society and a direct and accessible type of communication . The answer lies in studying to make use of it in a extra sincere, type and humane manner.”

© Wesley Dombrecht, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


Wesley Dombrecht used the inspiration of childhood reminiscences to create some implausible kitchen-based nonetheless life imagery. 

“Throughout lockdown, I dug out an outdated photograph album; it introduced again childhood reminiscences of meals that made me completely happy as a child. On this collection, I created minimalist compositions, with outdated kitchen implements I discovered in my grandmother’s barn.”

© Carlos López, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Dakar lights

We love these shortlisted sports photos taken throughout the Dakar Rally. Snapped from a helicopter they nearly appear like tiny little toys moderately than actual individuals on grime bikes. 

“I took this collection from a helicopter early within the morning throughout stage 11 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, which took entrants from Shubaytah to Harad. It was simply after dawn, which created this impact of sunshine and shadow over the desert dunes.”

© Anton Dotsenko, United States of America, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Russias Face-Slapping Championship

The game of Face-Slapping is tough and visceral. Within the type of pictures 

“The primary aim of face-slapping contests is to do away with stress and check one’s stamina. Despite the fact that there’s an evident factor of violence and repugnance on this sport, contestants are absolutely conscious of what occurs once they select to take part.”

© Barbora Reichova, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Unbreakable Olympians

We have all had a bizarre time of it throughout the COVID pandemic. With everybody caught at residence, we have all needed to regulate to a brand new lifestyle. Even athletes have needed to regulate. This glorious collection of photographs exhibits Czech athletes in coaching with restricted gear and area. 

“Unbreakable Olympians captures the coaching and preparation of elite Czech athletes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout this time, all sports activities grounds have been closed.”

© Peter Franck, Germany, Shortlist, Skilled, Portfolio, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Flashlights From Totally different Portfolios

As you may think about, the shortlisted portfolio photographs from the skilled class embody a splendidly different choice. Some photographers are much more curiously different as properly. 

We would extremely advocate looking at Peter Franck’s portfolio shots as they’re actually intriguing. 

“The images right here type half of a bigger collection of between 20 and 150 photographs. In my work, it is very important me that the photographs work each as single photographs and as a collection. In all of my footage, I attempt to construct a bridge – bridges to portray, bridges from analogue to digital. Nothing is simply portray or graphics, nothing is simply pictures. The totally different genres are interwoven with one another, the factors of contact then manifest themselves in surreal image narratives or components and flashes of a narrative. For me, the image or murals is my precedence. So as to generate this I cannot restrict myself to a particular style.”

© Marvin Gray/Marvin Maralit, Philippines, Shortlist, Skilled, Panorama, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Artifacts Past the Whiteout

There are some significantly hanging photographs on this shortlist of landscape photos. Splendidly framed with a snowy backdrop that’s brilliantly aesthetically pleasing. 

“Hokkaido is commonly depicted because the land of ice and snow, and is often photographed in black & white. Heading to the area, I anticipated to do the identical. As I travelled throughout its harsh, snowy panorama, I got here throughout fields as white as a clean canvas. There, I compelled myself to see past the plain: past simply black & white, past the chills and blizzards, and past my creativeness. I noticed it as an ideal alternative to discover my concepts of a relaxed however harsh panorama; of what it may appear like amidst the blizzard and the chilly. I uncovered the pictures for 5 minutes or extra to keep up a way of minimalism and to cut back any distracting components corresponding to ripples and motion within the sky.”

© Marc Hennige, Germany, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Dealing with North

For those who take pleasure in totally serene snowy environment, you then’ll absolutely recognize Marc Hennige’s landscape photos

“The Lofoten Islands are gorgeous and distinctive in winter: the freezing chilly sea, steep mountains and vibrant homes mix to make a fully breathtaking journey.”

© Antonio Faccilongo, Italy, Shortlist, Skilled, Atmosphere, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Lose the Roots

Mankind is destroying the planet we reside on. These photos by Antonio Faccilongo present the battle in opposition to that. A photographic storytelling of the impact of unlawful logging and the efforts being made in opposition to it. 

“Europe is near dropping its final virgin forests. Two thirds of those remaining areas are in Romania, and are critically threatened by unlawful logging. Based on the Environmental Investigation Company, 49% of all timber lower in Romania is illegally harvested, however different international locations corresponding to Serbia, Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states are additionally concerned. The primary consequence of giant deforestation is local weather change, however the damaging results on the setting are quite a few, and embody flooding, lack of biodiversity and desertification.”

© Julia Keil, Germany, Shortlist, Professional, Creative, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Turning into in Isolation

Many individuals have been on a tough psychological journey all through the pandemic. Julia Keil has managed to seize this surreal journey in photographic form

“I began this collection of self-portraits initially of lockdown in Paris. I wished to discover this surreal world I immediately discovered myself in, which appeared to waver between reality and fiction. Every portrait blurs the traces between actuality and surreality, drawing consideration to the deeper which means and symbolism that surrounds our each day lives. Every photograph has taken me on a journey of exploration and turning into, and has supplied not solely a construction and a playground to my days in lockdown, but in addition a manner of connecting with these on the opposite facet. For this collection I shot digitally, utilizing a tripod, self-timer and props discovered at residence, modifying every picture in a manner that fits the idea.”

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills and Adrian Willings.

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