More than 320,000 images from 200 countries participated in the 2018 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards. Like every year, only a few – and very talented – photographers make the final list. But if something stands out of this edition is the amount of photos taken with drones.
“There are many more drone images than in previous years,” Judge Zelda Cheatle confirmed to Quartz . “But the same criteria apply to them as to ground-based photographers: the content must have something special, be it composition, impact, skill, portray something spatial or inform in a different way.”
Of course, drones are changing photojournalism and professional photography because they show us pictures from an angle never seen before.
Aerial photography is already common in other competitions , but the Sony World Photography Awards, created by the World Organization of Photography, is one of the most important of the year for professional photographers and photojournalists.
2. A serpentine road in the Jingtai Stone Forest, Gansu Province, China
Photo: Li Wang (Sony World Photography Awards)
4. A surfer looks for the next wave on the Sydney coast, Asutralia
Photo: Pat Kay (Sony World Photography Awards)
7. Several fishermen got up early to go fishing in the Baltic Sea near Klaipėda, Lithuania
Photo: Andrius Kundrotas (Sony World Photography Awards)
You can see the rest of the photos on the website of the World Organization of Photography.