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Sony photo competition

Chaiyot Chanyam of Thailand ,despite being self taught, has been shortlisted for the world’s biggest photography competition - the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. Surely an inspiration to any of you budding photographers out there.

  • Selected from 230,103 images from 186 countries

  • Entries from Thailand were up by 233% on 2015

  • Open category winners to be revealed 29th March, overall winners 21st April

  • They are competing for the latest Sony digital equipment and $5,000 prize

  • Images available for publication at press.worldphoto.org

Chaiyot Chanyam, a senior executive in a global packing firm based in Pakkred, Nontaburi, is a self-taught photographer who began taking pictures just five years ago. His shortlisted image “Splashing birds” shows two birds sipping water on the bank, unaware of the coming crashing waves. Chanyam will now compete to win the Open Split Second category against photographers from around the world for the Open Photographer of the Year title, the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and $5,000 (USD) prize, which will be announced at a Gala Ceremony in London 21st April.

In addition, Chanyam will have his work shown in London as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in April and May and be published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The exhibition will also include the first major European exhibition of the artistic duo and fine art photographers RongRong & inri, recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the awards

Talking about his shortlisted photograph Chanyam comments: My image is all about knowing what is going to happen. This is because if we could not see what was coming, one cannot take such an action scene in time no matter how fast your camera is. By using my street photography skill and observing each moving element in the scene, I could roughly see what was coming and was able to prepare my shot and capture the right moment at its peak. This way, the power of the scene and expression of the subjects will be most impactful and can, therefore, connect to audiences.”

Entries to the awards from Thailand were up over 233% on 2015 and Chanyam’s image was selected from 230,103 images from 186 countries, the highest number of entries in the awards’ nine year history and 33% increase on 2015. The total number of entries received by the Sony World Photography Awards since its launch in 2007 has now surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing the awards’ position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in the world.

The Sony World Photography Awards rewards and recognises the world’s best contemporary photography attracting photographers of all abilities. The awards incorporate four competitions: Professional; Open; Youth and Student.


If you fancy having a go in Next year’s competition more information about the awards can be found at www.worldphoto.org


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