Today I had some photography news of a different kind!
A little while back I had a generic email form Sony World Photography Awards, reminding me that their competition was about to close for entries. So, just for something different, I thought I’d enter one or two of my favourite more personal images, you never know right?!
Well how surprised was I to find out that one of my images had been chosen by some amazing photographers and artists for an award. There were over 227,00 image received from 183 countries and one of mine was chosen to be commended as one of the top 50. This is such an honour and I couldn’t be more pleased, in a world where there is so much talent and competition its re-affirming to have my work appreciated in this way ♥
This is the image that won:
Denise Rimmer, UK, commended at the world’s largest photography competition – 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
2017 awards received over 227,000 images from 183 countries
Open category winners revealed March 28, overall winner announced April 20
Images from across entire shortlist available for publication at The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today honour the work of British photographer Denise Rimmer, whose image Sunny Venice Life is commended as top 50 in the world in the awards’ Open Travel category.
Over 227,000 images from 183 countries were submitted to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
Denise, who is based Kent, is recognised as a commended photographer alongside the shortlisted photographers of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions, all of which are also announced today. In the Open competition, judges were looking for the best single images across ten categories, representing the finest contemporary photography today.
Denise Rimmer is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Kent. She graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BA First Class Honours degree in Photography in 2011, after previously completing her HND in 2003. As well as working with documentary and lifestyle weddings and portraits, she also has experience of Art Photography and has an ongoing project, for which she received a grant from the Royal Microscopical Society.
Denise hopes to continue growing her wedding and portrait business, as well as exploring more travel, art and commercial photography.
Her commended image Sunny Venice Life was one of just a few taken on her trip to Venice in August 2016. It was taken on a water bus journey over to Biennale. She wasn’t really interested in capturing the usual tourist photos but as a documentary style photographer, instead tried to capture any real moments that portrayed everyday Venice as she felt it to be.
It’s always great when your work is appreciated and this appreciation often needed in such a critical world. The fact that this award has been given to me for a genre of photography I love but don’t have that much experience in, means even more and encourages me to explore this area further.
The category winners for the Open competition will be announced March 28, and the overall Open Photographer of the Year title revealed April 20 at an awards ceremony in London. Prizes include the latest Sony digital imagery equipment, and a $5,000 cash prize.
As a commended photographer, Denise’s image will be shown alongside the awards’ other commended plus the shortlisted and winning images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7. The commended image will also be given a global audience as it is published on the World Photography Organisation website.
Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony.
Each year the awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year entered into any of the awards’ four competitions – Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. With 49 nationalities represented, the 2017 shortlists reinforce the awards’ international appeal and unique ability to present the greatest images taken by photographers from all corners of the world on a truly global scale.
Each of the four competitions are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed industry professionals, carefully selected by the World Photography Organisation. For full list of 2017 judges, please click here.
Commended and shortlisted images from across all competitions are available for publication at www.worldphoto.org/press
For further information please contact:
Press Department, World Photography Organisation firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 20 7886 3043 / 3049