Polish photographer Marcin Klocek is today announced on the shortlist for the Professional Sport category of the world’s biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.
Klocek’s series, “Sweat and blood” was selected from 173,444 images from 171 countries, the highest number of entries in the awards’ eight year history.
He will now compete to win the category and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year tile plus a $25,000 (USD) cash prize and latest Sony digital imaging equipment. The winners will be announced on Thursday 23 April.
Each year the Sony World Photography Awards uncovers the best contemporary photography in the world and rewards and recognises both professional photographers and enthusiasts. The Professional competition was judged anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy and photographers were judged on a series of between 3 and 10 images. See full list of judges and bios here.
Klocek’s images, along with the other shortlisted photographers, will be shown at London’s iconic Somerset House from 24 April – 10 May as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Tickets are now available at www.worldphoto.org/2015exhibition
Marcin Klocek has been photographing since his university years in Poland, initially during anti-communist demonstrations, riots and strikes in the late eighties. He began travelling extensively around Asia and America, what resulted in photographic exhibitions from Mexico, Guatemala, India, Tibet and Sri Lanka in various galleries in his hometown of Warsaw. In 2002 he moved to Hong Kong, from where he continues to explore and photograph Asia apart from working as an architect. National Geographic Your Shot album published in 2009 featured one of his photographs among 101 best photos selected from 100 000 sent from all parts of the world.
The shortlisted series “Sweat and blood” was photographed in the Miyagino sumo stable (beya) in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo. Sumo wrestlers of this stable were practising with the great Yokozuna Akuho Sho himself, who as every Yokozuna in Japan, has a status of celebrity. The unique experience of seeing the sumokas at close distance in the dust, sweat and blood of their typical training session allows us to realize their commitment for the lifestyle they chose and for the national sport of Japan.
Talking about all the photographers shortlisted in the Professional competition Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said:
“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unpreceded exposure and opportunity.
“The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”