2016 Sony World Photography Awards: 5 Canadians shortlisted

Five Canadian photographers are on the short list to win in various categories of the world's biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.

Record-breaking number of images entered from 186 countries

Kevin Frayer spent time with a Chinese Kazakh community last year to capture this incredible image of an annual festival featuring a traditional hunt with eagles. The event is held in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, in northwestern China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Sony World Photography Awards)

Five Canadian photographers are on the short list to win in various categories of the world's biggest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards.

They are competing to win their category and be named as the overall winner of three titles up for grabs: professional, open and youth photographer of the year, plus a share of the $30,000 US prize.

Here are some of the Canadian entries under consideration:

Traditional way of life threatened

Frayer also is in the running in the people category of the professional competition for his series 'Nomadic Life Threatened on the Tibetan Plateau.' This photo was taken last August in an area referred to as 'the Roof of the World,' the world's highest and largest plateau. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Sony World Photography Awards)

Kevin Frayer was born in Winnipeg and is based in Beijing, currently working with Getty Images. He has been shortlisted in three categories: professional contemporary issues, environment, and people.

In the contempory issues category, he captured images showing China's dependency on natural resources such as coal. For people, he followed a nomadic group of individuals across Tibet.

Kazakh eagle hunters

Another photo by Frayer shows eagle hunter Baurlas Qassim holding his bird of prey before a local competition, taken on Jan. 30 in Qinghe County. The eagle hunting festival is held as part of an effort to promote traditional hunting practices for new generations. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Sony World Photography Awards)

In the environment category, Frayer caught the judges' attention for his stunning series "Eagle Hunters of Western China." The images are of men on horseback from the Kazakh minority, hunting on frozen terrain with eagles perched on their arms.

Gods of Suburbia

One of Dina Goldstein's photos in the competition depicts a Hindu diety, a portrait she says reflects her own experiences from childhood when she was, as an immigrant to Canada, bullied for being different. (Dina Goldstein/Sony World Photography Awards)

Dina Goldstein, born in Tel Aviv and based in Vancouver, earned kudos for a photo series that dug deeper into Ken and Barbie's life to reveal a few secrets. Now, she is on the short list to win in the professional staged category of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, for "Gods of Suburbia." She entered a quirky photo essay of iconic religious imagery bumping up against everyday modern life.

Buddha at the market

Goldstein said she placed Buddha in a high-end supermarket 'to illustrate how far we live and exist from the ideals of Buddhism, which we in the West pay homage to with yoga and meditation.' (Dina Goldstein/Sony World Photography Awards)

Goldstein's career began as a photojournalist, editorial and commercial photographer. Today, she works with large-scale tableaus and aims to explore elements of the human condition through the lens of pop surrealism. Dina regularly participates in festivals and exhibits internationality in commercial and public galleries, as well as at museums, her contest bio says.

Shades of soft indigo

By capturing the moisture in the air, evenly distributed throughout this eerily calm forest, Claude Roy won a place on the shortlist of the panoramic category in the open competition of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. (Claude Roy/Sony World Photography Awards)

Quebec photographer Claude Roy, who is adept at capturing softly lit Canadian landscapes, made the short list in the open panoramic category, for "Misty Morning," a perfectly composed, dreamy scene in the forest.

Sneakers at the forefront of pop culture

There are two Canadian teens in the running to win in the youth culture category.

This photo titled New Americana, by Vancouver teen Jason Liu, depicts youth culture. (Jason Liu/Sony World Photography Awards)

Vancouver high school student Jason Liu is interested in film, political science and philosophy, and is considering a career in photojournalism. He made the short list for a photograph called "New Americana," named for a "shoe store."

Liu's photo, depicting an American teenager reaching for a new pair of sneakers, has a focus on youth obsession with athletic footwear, or what his contest bio calls "the ultimate manifestation of today's popular culture in the United States."

Paris in the park at sunset

Julia Golubov won a place on the short list in the youth culture category with 'Shadows Beneath the Eiffel Tower,' which she took from the world-famous landmark in Paris. (Julia Golubov/Sony World Photography Awards)

Julia Golubov, a Grade 10 French immersion student from Waterloo, Ont., earned a spot with her photo "Shadows Beneath the Eiffel Tower." She captured a scene of everyone's favourite place to lounge in Paris, the grassy field of the Champ de Mars, showing the spiky shadows of her subjects relaxing at sunset.

A record-breaking 230,103 images were entered into the professional, open and youth competitions from 186 countries for this year's awards.

The short list whittles the number of photographers down to roughly 250 across the three competitions.

The winners will be announced at at an awards ceremony in London on April 21.


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