Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Four Israeli photographers have been shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.

Gili Yaari (Professional Arts & Culture category), Gal Gross (Open Nature & Wildlife), Tali Mayer (People) and Adi Dekel (Youth Portraits) will now compete to win their category. Mayer and her Italian photography partner, Janos Chiala, are listed under Italy.

The overall winners will be revealed April 23 and are competing for $30,000 in cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

This year’s contest drew a record number of entries – 173,444 photographs from 171 countries.

“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry.  Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unprecedented exposure and opportunity,” said Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organization.

“The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography,” Motsenigos said.

The shortlisted photographers will have their images shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London’s historic Somerset House from April  24–May 10.

Adi Dekel, Youth Portraits
Adi Dekel, Youth Portraits, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.