Cape Town - Travelling certainly broadens our understanding of the world, and looking at the shortlisted photographs from this year's Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition, surely gives a new perspective on our world.
In the recommended travel photos of 2017, images reflect the different cultures of our world gloriously. And in the wildlife category, incredible shots of the Great Migration and our endangered rhino will not leave you unmoved.
The photographs from and about SA are, unsurprisingly, our favourites.
South African photographer Mike Fell flies the flag for SA with his commended photograph of two rhino. The photo is not only moving for its technical perfection, but for the message it shows the world - that these beautiful creatures are worth out attention and protection.
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Fell says he is "horoured to get the 'stamp of approval' and be commended at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
"The photos were chosen out of over one million images, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in existence," he wrote on his professional photography Facebook page.
Another photograph, shot by Andreas Hemb from Sweden, makes the shortlist of the Wildlife category. Hemb's photograph show a herd of buffaloes drinking at a watering hole at Zimanga Private Games Reserve in South Africa.
You can see the full list of shortlisted and commended photographs in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards' Wildlife category here: SA Widlife shines in 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
In the Culture section of the Open Category, South African photographer Janine Lessing also stunned with a shot commended by the Sony World Photography Awards.
She tells Traveller24 that the photo was taken "early one October morning in the Drakensberg mountains of Southern Africa. I saw a man walk up the hill in thick mist, wrapped in a warm traditional blanket and followed by his pack of dogs. It was a beautiful image, but I couldn't stop to make a photograph of him at the time, and regretted it the whole day.
"By sheer luck I saw him again the next day, presumably walking towards his herd of cattle. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity again to make his portrait, and I quickly stopped the car and asked him if I could photograph him.
"He was agreeable to spend a few minutes with me, and his pack of dogs also played along and flanked him as I quickly shot a few photographs of the herder against the backdrop of the mountains. I didn’t get his name at the time, but afterwards I was told that he is called “Rethabile”, and that he is from the mountain kingdom of Lesotho."
The 22-year-old South African Cole Ndelu was also commended for his inclusion in the Portrait section of the Open category.
The sections mentioned above all form part of the competition's Open Category, alongside other genres like Nature, Still Life and Street Photography. You can explore all the categories here.
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The awards’ 10th anniversary saw record global participation. Photographers entered images across the awards’ Professional, Open and Youth competitions – shining a spotlight on the medium of photography and the beauty of its art.
These are some of our favourite shots from the travel category -
You can see the full list of shortlisted and commended photographs in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards' Travel category here: Top travel shots from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
According to Zelda Cheatle, chair of the professional jury and curator of the competition, "There was a truly global reach to the Sony World Photography Awards judging this year- the images were more diverse and broad ranging than I have ever seen before."
The shortlisted photographers now compete for the latest Sony digital imaging equipment and inclusion in the 2017 awards’ book plus cash prizes of $25 000 (about R320 000) for the Photographer of the Year and $5 000 (about R64 000) for the overall Open winner.
The Open category winners will be announced 28 March, while the overall winners will be announced 20 April this year.
The winning, shortlisted and commended images will then all be exhibited as part of the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition at Somerset House, London. The large-scale exhibition will open 21 April and run until 7 May, before embarking on a worldwide tour.
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