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Giacomo Brunelli (ITALY), shortlisted in the Nature category

With just ten days until the Awards ceremony, the professional finalists of the Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. Three professional photographers in each of the eleven categories have been selected, and one of them will be presented with the prestigious title of 'Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year' at the Gala Evening and Awards Presentation at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes on 24 April.

The 33 finalists are a true representation of the international scope of the awards, covering a broad range of countries including Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, UK, India, Russia, Chile, US, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico and Turkey amongst others. These selected professional finalists will travel to Cannes to attend the VIP event where the overall winner and category winners will be announced, awarded the L'iris d'or and receive their $25,000 prize. Each of the category winners will also be presented with their awards by members of the World Photographic Academy, comprised of the industry's global elite including Tom Stoddart, Martine Franck, Bob Willoughby, Elliott Erwitt, Delly Carr and Stephen Cohen.

The 33 finalists in the 11 categories are:

• Anita Cruz-Eberhard, (UNITED STATES)
• Christof Pluemacher, (GERMANY)
• Fabio Rota, (ITALY)

• Fabrizio Cestari, ITALY)
• Terence du Fresne (SWITZERLAND)
• Tim Macpherson (UNITED KINGDOM)

• Andrzej Furs (POLAND)
• Roberto S. Gomes (BRAZIL)
• Livia Corona (MEXICO)

• Eunice Lieveld (NETHERLANDS)
• Valeska Achenbach & Isabela Pacini (GERMANY)
• Koray Birand (TURKEY)

• Penny Bradfield (AUSTRALIA)
• Eduard Meltzer (SWITZERLAND)
• Christian Demarco (CHILE)

• Thomas Brummett (UNITED STATES)
• Giacomo Brunelli (ITALY)

• Natalie Bothur (GERMANY)
• Dmitriy Konstantinov (RUSSIA)
• Anthony Marsland (UNITED KINGDOM)

• Hartmut Schwarzbach (GERMANY)
• Munem Wasif Abdul (BANGLADESH)
• Moises Saman (UNITED STATES)

• Vanessa Winship (UNITED KINGDOM)
• Simone Donati (ITALY)
• Renan Cepeda (BRAZIL)

• Anil Risal Singh (INDIA)
• Thomas Deerinck (UNITED STATES)
• Vladimir Nefedov (RUSSIA)

• Robin Utrecht (NETHERLANDS)
• Howard Schatz (UNITED STATES)
• Steve Christo (AUSTRALIA)

Honorary Board Members from the World Photographic Academy chose the finalists from the shortlist announced last month. From these 33 finalists, the Honorary Board are currently selecting the category winners, second and third runners up. The ultimate decision to name the 'Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year' will take place in a final meeting amongst the Honorary Board just hours before the Awards ceremony on 24 April.

Arup Ghosh, Barber

Arup Ghosh from India has already been named as the 'Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year'. As well as the title, Ghosh wins a $5,000 cash prize donated by headline sponsor Sony. Ghosh was born in 1967 in Bhadreswar, a small town near Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). He has an MBBS degree in Medicine from Burdwan University and works at the Bhadreswar Municipality as a medical officer. He is a member of the Photographic Association of Chinsurah in India. To see more of his work on his Saatchi Online profile page click here.

The Awards will be celebrated in Cannes, France from 21 to 25 April 2008 with a series of events and photographic exhibitions, culminating in a VIP Gala Evening and Awards Presentation on 24 April. In addition, Saatchi Online will exhibit a selection of 100 images chosen from the highly commended amateur entries.

The Sony World Photography Awards aims to celebrate both the future of photography as well as pay tribute to the visions of the past. As part of this, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to an established photographer as an official recognition of their contribution to the industry.

This tribute to photography continues with an exhibition entitled 'Legacy'; a celebration of photography past and present. Taking place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes from 21st to 25th April, the shortlisted photographs from the Sony World Photography Awards will be complemented by images from some of the world's most influential photographers. Curated by Magnum Photos, the collection will include the work of internationally distinguished photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger (the 4th founder and celebrating his 100th anniversary along with Cartier-Bresson this year), David Seymour, Robert Capa, Philip Jones Griffiths, Eve Arnold and Steve McCurry amongst others.

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To view the complete list of Amateur entries go to

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