The World Photography Organisation and Sony Middle East and Africa have revealed King Mtambisi and Tatenda Chidora as the photographers shortlisted in the Open Competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.
The awards recognise the best single images of 2020 and saw over 100 photographers shortlisted in the 2021 competition, alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 (USD) reward.
King Mtambisi was shortlisted in the Portraiture category for his entry titled “Only a Dreamer”. The image depicts the story of 22-year old Fortune, who was born and raised in Alexandra, South Africa and has no hopes of higher education because it’s out of his reach financially. He is, however, utilising his gifts as a musician, dreaming, like most black African township youth do, that one day his talent will pay off.
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Mtambisi is a coffee addict and lover of good stories, residing in Johannesburg, South Africa. After studying Mechanical Engineering at Johannesburg Institute of Engineering, he decided to make photography his focus and tell stories through the lens.
Commenting on being shortlisted, Mtambisi said:
When I received the news, I was in disbelief. When I told my family about it and showed them the email, their excitement made me realise just how much of a big deal this is.
Tatenda Chidora was shortlisted in the Creative category for an entry titled "If COVID was a colour". His image depicts a collection of gloves that he had used and couldn’t be used again, topped up with a fresh set to complete the structure. The image was shot using natural light.
Born in Zimbabwe and based in South Africa, Chidora is a commercial fine art, and fashion photographer whose contemporary style represents the movement hailed as 'new African photography'. He's driven by a need to create a more diverse picture, inspired by the stories and faces of the African metropolis. His subjects are often people he discovers on the street and finds interesting. He has a deep love for making portraits and engaging with a subject.
Commenting on being shortlisted, Chidora said:
I am truly honoured to be receiving this nomination. I am grateful for this opportunity, which will be of great treasure and evidence of diversity. This recognition will go a long way because it’s reassurance that the world trusts my translation of art.
The Open winner of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 will be announced on 15 April 2021 via the World Photography Organisation’s digital and video platforms. Winning and shortlisted work will be presented in the form of a virtual exhibition available to view via the World Photography Organisation website from the 15th April.
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