Swansea College of Art student shortlisted for 2018 Sony World Photography Awards


Congratulations to UWTSD Swansea College of Art 3rd year Photojournalism & Documentary photography student Jasmine Färling, who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards (Student Focus Category).

Photographers from over 200 countries and territories entered nearly 320,000 images across the Awards’ competitions, the highest ever number of entries to date and a 40% increase on 2017. The Overall winners will be revealed on April 19 and a specially curated exhibition will take place April 20 – May 6 at Somerset House, London. The judges were particularly impressed with the high quality of entries, and the shortlist's ability to offer insight into the foremost trends and contemporary concerns of photographers working today.

Caroline Thraves, Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts at Swansea College of Arts, UWTSD said: "We are thrilled that Jasmine has been shortlisted for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, this is a huge worldwide competition. Her success demonstrates that here at Swansea College of Art we produce world class graduates in photography.”

Sian Addicott, Programme Director BA (Hons) Photojournalism & Documentary said: "We are delighted that Jasmine’s talent has been recognised by the Sony World Photography Awards. Jasmine has a great eye for a photograph and the ability to creatively construct conceptual documentary work. She is a fantastic student, has great initiative and thoroughly deserves every success. We look forward to seeing how her work continues to develop and wish her all the best in the final round of the competition!”

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are now in the 11th year of partnership with their headline sponsor, Sony. The Awards’ shortlist (top 10 per category) and commended list (top 50 per category) comprises some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

The international range of entries display a huge diversity of imagery in terms of genre, style and subject matter across the Awards’ 4 competitions, Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus . The Professional competition includes 10 categories such as Architecture, Contemporary Issues, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture and two new categories for this year; Creative and Discovery , while the Open competition offers 10 categories including Culture, Enhanced, Motion, Street Photography and Travel.

Category winners will also receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the 2018 Awards' book. The Sony World Photography Awards are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed industry professionals. The 2018 Professional competition jury was chaired by Mike Trow (ex Picture Editor, British Vogue) with representatives from international museums, publishing and the media.

Philip Tinari (Judge and Director, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, China) commented: “We were impressed by the depth and diversity of the work that we reviewed, and inspired by the many ways in which photographers around the world are engaging with the issues that face us all."

Naomi Cass (Judge and Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia) said: “ The range of work considered was breathtaking, and d diversity amongst the judges ensured robust discussions, leading to outstanding winners. I was impressed by the diversity of approaches within each category and the breadth of photographers from across the globe.”

Clare Grafik (Judge and Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK ) commented: “From new approaches to portraiture to creative responses to the landscape in which we live, the images illustrated what a broad and innovative field photography has become. As our way of experiencing photographic images becomes all the more multifarious, the Awards offer us the opportunity to focus on new talents and important projects that may otherwise have passed us by.”

Commenting on this year’s awards, Scott Gray (CEO, World Photography Organisation) said: “The quality of this year’s submissions has been very impressive, with outstanding works of art entered across the competitions. The Sony World Photography Awards has celebrated photographers and photography throughout its 11-year history, and we continue to work to ensure photography is recognised as a dynamic, exciting, and accessible medium.” 

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