The photographs of three young photographers, Zohaib Tariq (Cultural Youth), Shahzad Khan Tajik (Portrait Youth), Khumail Rizvi (Environment Youth) were shortlisted among top 10 in their respective category for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.
A record-breaking 230,103 images were submitted this year, from 186 countries. The total number of entries received by the Sony World Photography Awards since its launch has now surpassed one million.
Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner of Open Category and Sony Camera to all the winners of each category. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 21.
Shortlisted photographers will have their work shown in London as part of the awards exhibition in April and May in prestigious Somerset House London and their work will be published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
Pakistan by Zohaib Tariq — Zohaib is from district Chakwal, Punjab and currently doing BS-Engineering from HITEC University Taxila.
He said, “We just came across these 4 brothers, who were playing with their sheep in Chakwal, Pakistan. They were Pathans and were very friendly, I just ask them to take any pose for the shot and they stood giggling just like…that. These smiles depict the resilience we as a nation possess that even after decades of war we are still smiling.”
Waal Gul by Shahada Khan Tajik — “While playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.”
Shahada, a CS graduate from district Mardan, KPK said, “I have a heart touch photography era’s and hope be a micro part of this colorful planet exist.” Human made environment by Kumail Rizvi — “An environment we live in.”