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Pick of the pics! Portraiture special

1 month ago

Portraiture is one of the oldest existing art forms, with some painted portraits dating back as far as 5,000 years to Ancient Egypt. To sit for a portrait was a symbol of wealth and it was only until the inception of photography that the genre became readily affordable. When we think of some of the most memorable photographs, a notable number of portraits make the list – just take the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry and Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother as examples.

Many excellent portraits have been rewarded since the Sony World Photography Awards started 16 years ago and we reckon, after looking at the quality of images entered into the 2023 edition, that this year will see some of the best portraits yet. For this week's Pick of the pics we celebrate these entries by showcasing some of the best images of people submitted to the Open competition so far. 

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© Ebrahim Rahiminezhad, Iran, Islamic Republic Of, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Filip Kowalkowski, Poland, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Laurentina Miksiene, Lithuania, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Liuying Choe, United States, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Michael O'Connell, Ireland, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Micah Delport, South Africa, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Yadira Ismael, Cuba, entry, Open Competition, Creative, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

© Zilong Liu, China Mainland, entry, Open Competition, Street Photography, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards