It's the results of the last Sony World Photography Awards Youth competition for 2020 and what a wonderful range of images we have to share with you! From innovative still life to striking portraits to mesmeric landscapes, December's theme was an open call and we reckon the shortlist is one of our strongest yet. Highlighting the breadth of the entrants' imagination, every photographer featured below impressed the judges and team at the World Photography Organisation. We can't wait to see what you'll photograph next.
The winner will also be featured in a dedicated email to our youth audience, the World Photography Organisation social media channels plus will also be in the running for the Youth Photographer of the Year title, announced in 2021.
Congratulations to Zak Elley from the United Kingdom!
Taken in November 2020, Zak collaborated with a make-up artist Rebecca Ross for this photograph. They created a look based on the TikTok logo colour scheme. TikTok was released in September 2016 and has since grown to 800+ million users worldwide. 'TikTok is a very new social media platform with explosive growth behind it. We wanted to put forward the aesthetic that is quite dark and bold to represent the growth, but at the same time, leaving darkness in the image for the amount of unseen things that lie on the social media site.'
'I'm very pleased to be shortlisted, let alone win the December Youth competition! This image is 1/6 of a series exploring Artificial Intelligence's role in the spread of misinformation and hate content about the LGBTQ+ community on social media. I want to say a massive thanks to the team that helped to produce this image alongside me. These people were: Rebecca Ross (Make-Up Artist), Candela Saenz Arana (Model) and Rocket Green (Studio Assistant).'