Southeast Asian photographers are well represented on this year’s Sony World Photography Awards nominations list. From actors to landscapes, the photographs capture spectacular moments in the region and around the world
“Have you been to a Chinese Opera?” This photo was taken at an opera in Cheok Beh Kieng Temple, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. Each opera performer has their own unique makeup Photo: Michael Chee Yen Chuan, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Polkadot On Memory Bliss” Inspired by the famous Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, photographer Hardijanto Budyman says this photograph is an interpretation of Kusama’s work: “It captures how the human mind is able to create a playground to explore fun.” Photo: Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Flower on the Sea” Fishermen in Hon Yen commune, Phu Yen province, in central Vietnam, use a net to fish for anchovies. Says the photographers: “The net look likes a floating flower on the sea from above.” Photo: Trung Pham Huy, Vietnam, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Mount Bromo East Java Indonesia” Sunrise at Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: Roslan Nasir, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Picnic at Kaluts Desert” The photo was taken at Kaluts desert, Iran. During summer, the temperature can reach up to 70°C. “However, during other seasons it is a popular tourist spot, especially for those who want to experience desert life and to view amazing rock formations across the desert area. For the locals, they like to come here for a picnic either with family or friends.” Photo: Laily Hassan, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Tarian Ikan Cupang” Photo of colourful beta fish whose movements and colors, the artist says, will make one’s heart calm and peaceful. Photo: Dhiky Aditya, Indonesia, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Fantastic Morning in Cappadocia” Hot air balloons floating over Cappadocia, Turkey. Photo: Poramin Kanyakool, Thailand, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
“Synergy of Humanity” A tribe in Yunnan going about their daily working life. “Team work, coordination and cooperation are essential for efficiency; otherwise it will be chaos.” Photo: Eng Chung Tong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
This image shows the photographers encounter with a whale shark in West Papua in September 2018. In Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, it is possible to swim with the sharks, which have the habit of approaching fishing platforms. According to the photographer, “the experience leaves you breathless”. Photo: Marco Zaffignani, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
National award winners and open category winners will be announced 26 February, while Photographer of the Year and the overall open category winner will be announced 17 April.
images from last year’s awards and read our Q&A with Cambodian photographer Ly Min, whose picture Cave of Skulls was recognised in 2018 by the Sony World Photography Awards.