Update 25/3/14: We are delighted to report that Anastasia has been named Culture Category winner and now goes forward to compete for the title of Youth Photographer of the Year. This overall winner will be invited to collect their award in London on 30 April.
A gifted Foundation Diploma in Art and Design student has been shortlisted in the Culture Category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014’s Youth Competition. Anastasia Zhetvina impressed the judges with her striking image of children in a ballet class entitled young talents (above), selected from a massive 139,554 submissions – the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven-year history.
“It was a real surprise for me when I got the letter about the shortlist”, Anastasia revealed. “The photo was for my course and in September I just sent it for the Sony World Photography Awards and afterwards totally forgot about it, because I couldn’t imagine that my photo could get onto this list. It was like magic!”
Writing about the Youth Competition on their website, the World Photography Organisation states:
“Youths all over the world are experimenting with cameras and snapping photos daily as part of their social culture. We wish to discover those photographers and provide a programme that helps them channel their creative energy into producing meaningful work, whilst at the same time providing them with the exposure to have their talent recognised by the industry.”
Anastasia’s photograph will be displayed at Somerset House, London from Thursday 1 to Sunday 18 May as part of World Photo London. The winners of each category will be announced on Tuesday 18 March. Good luck Anastasia!
Read about the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Read about the Sony World Photography Awards 2014