Three Pakistani youth shortlisted for World’s biggest photography competition

ISLAMABAD: A dream of three Pakistani photographers considered comes true as they been shortlisted
for world’s biggest photography competition, organized by World Photography Organization (WPO).

Sony World Photography Awards are the world’s biggest photography competition and photographs taken by Kumail Rizvi, Shahzad Khan and Zohaib Tariq were listed among the top ten of their respective youth award categories.

Sony’s World Photography Awards take place every year and they comprise Open, Professional and Youth competitions with each one further distributed into photo categories.

As per details, this year, a record breaking 230,103 entries were made from contestants belonging to 186 countries.

A separate statement by the awards committee mentioned that a massive increase in entries, over 137 percent, was seen from Pakistan.

The Youth Competition is limited to photographers aged below 19 years of age. Kumail Rizvi’s photograph, named “Human Made Environment,” of an aerial view of a car park in Malaysia was shortlisted from the Youth Environment category.

Shahzad Khan, who is a resident of Islamabad, took a stunning close-up photo of child on the outskirts of the city. His photograph, named “Awal Gul”, was shortlisted in the Youth Portraits category.

Similarly, Zohaib Tariq, another Islamabad resident and a student at HITEC University Taxila, captured an image showing local farmers herding their animals.

His photo titled “Pakistan” was selected in the Youth Culture category.

The winners from each category will be announced on March 15 (Tuesday) for National Awards winners, on March 29 (Tuesday) for Open & Youth winners and on April 21 (Thursday) for Photographer of the Year; Overall Open, Youth and Professional category winners.

Sony World Photography Awards exhibition will take place at Somerset House, London from April 22 to May 8, 2016.

The judges, who are leaders from the photography industry, will finalize one Youth Photographer of the Year, one winner per category and shortlist 10 photographs per category.

The Youth Photographer of 2016 will get a share in US $ 30,000 prize and will be flown to the Awards Exhibition in London. Each category winner will be given a free Sony product and their photographs will be published in the winners’ book and the online exhibition.