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Family quests and Lucha libre: 2022 Professional competition

2 years ago

© Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail, Japan & France, Finalists, Professional competition, Still Life; © Jan Grarup, Denmark, Finalist, Professional competition, Documentary Projects; © Phillip Walter Wellman, United States, Shortlist, Professional competition, Portraiture; © Debora Lombardi, Italy, Shortlist, Professional competition, Wildlife & Nature; © Win McNamee, United States, Finalist, Professional competition, Documentary Projects; © Manuel Enrique González Carmona, Spain, Shortlist, Professional competition, Landscape; © Kazuo Usui, Japan, Shortlist, Professional competition, Still Life; © Gareth Iwan Jones, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional competition, Landscape; © Graeme Purdy, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional competition, Wildlife & Nature; © Marlena Waldthausen, Germany, Shortlist, Professional competition, Portfolio - Sony World Photography Awards 2022

From family quests to Lucha libre, the finalists and shortlist in this year's Professional competition are the very best photo series from the past year. With 10 distinct categories to enter, we challenged photographers around the world to submit between five to 10 images that tell us something in a powerful way. The range of approaches was vast, with some offering their interpretations of key topics and others presenting insightful personal projects. With 10 distinct categories to choose from, choice of subject matter, technique and narrative could be far-reaching.

The finalists go on to the next stage of the competition to compete to be the winner of their category and, if successful, then go on to be considered for the coveted title Photographer of the Year, announced 12 April.

Here we highlight some of our favourite series.