Student and Youth Shortlist for 2022 Sony World Photography Awards Announced

The World Photography Organisation has revealed the shortlisted photographers in the Student and Youth competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022. Winners of Student Photographer of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year will be announced on 12th  April and will go on display as part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition at Somerset House, London.

(Top of page – Recollection of Past That Is Scattered by Time: Copyright: © Sachi Deshmukh, India, Commended, Student, Connections, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards)

Anastasia: Copyright: © Sergey Pronin, Russian Federation, Finalist, Student, Connections, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Student Competition Shortlist

The Student shortlist showcases a series of works by 10 students at leading international higher education institutions. For the 2022 competition, students were invited to submit a series of five to 10 images interpreting the brief Connections. The shortlisted entries have each been chosen for their nuanced and intelligent responses to this brief.

En Garde: Copyright: © Benjamin Joel, United States of America, Shortlist, Youth, Youth competition – Open Call, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Connections to cultural identity and community are examined by several of the projects, while elsewhere the series explore connections through representations of togetherness. Connections to the past, and to family history were also central to several of the projects. The shortlisted students are from all across the world, with the list including photographers from India, Argentina, Russian Federation, China Mainland, Zambia and the Netherlands.

The winner of Student Photographer of the Year 2022 will be selected from the 10 students and announced on 12th April. Together with their university, the winner will be awarded Sony digital imaging equipment amounting to a combined total of €30,000.This year’s Student shortlist was judged by:

  • Colin Czerwinski, Founder of NOICE Magazine.
  • Aidan Murgatroyd, South Africa (Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography)
  • Alexander Komenda, Canada (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Angela Stoll, Australia (University of Wollongong)
  • Chris Rosas Vargas, USA (Parsons)
  • Dennis Mubanga Kabwe, Zambia (Open Window University Zambia)
  • Ezra Bohm, The Netherlands (Nederlandse Acedemie voor Beeldcreatie)
  • Oriel Naxhielly Martins, Argentina (ENFO Escuela De Fotografía)
  • Sachi Deshmukh, India (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Italy)
  • Sergey Pronin, Russian Federation (Docdocdoc School of Modern Photography)
  • Xu Han, China Mainland (Nanjing University of the Arts)
Surfers’ Paradise: © Cameron Borg, Australia, Shortlist, Youth, 2022 Youth competition – Culture & Travel, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Youth Competition Shortlist

The Youth competition shortlist features seven category winners from June to December 2021, who each responded to a different monthly theme. The young photographers shortlisted interpreted monthly themes such as Culture & Travel, Landscape, Portraiture, and Composition & Design. The monthly winners chosen come from an array of international territories, including Canada, USA, Australia and Vietnam, and range in age from 15 to 19 years old.

Hope: Copyright: © Chris Rosas Vargas, United States of America, Finalist, Student, Connections, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Youth Photographer of the Year is judged by Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan. The winner will receive a range of Sony digital imaging equipment to nurture their vision.


STREET PHOTOGRAPHY:  Zinuo Shi, China Mainland

LANDSCAPE:  Emery Sanderson, Canada

CULTURE & TRAVEL:  Cameron Borg, Australia

WILDLIFE & NATURE:  Rayhan Mundra, USA

PORTRAITURE:  Tri Nguyen, Vietnam

OPEN CALL: Benjamin Joel, USA

Tiramisu: Copyright: © Alexander Komenda, Canada, Finalist, Student, Connections, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards.

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 will be announced on 12 April 2022. For more information about upcoming announcement and winners please visit

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