Big Announcement: My image, Taft Point, shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards

Hello everyone, it is my honor and privilege to (excitedly) announce that my image, Taft Point, has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in the Open Travel Category.

I entered the contest in late December, I think it was, somewhat just on a whim, not expecting much of it. Fast forward a few months to January 25th, as Danielle and I were sitting in a cafe in Dominical, Costa Rica when I checked my email. To my great surprise I had received a confidential email from the World Photography Organisation informing me that my image had been shortlisted.

I am incredibly surprised and stoked to have been recognized, and would like to thank everyone who has been following along so far, and to all those who've supported me -- of which there are many. I'd also like to thank everyone who make the awards possible as well as the judges. Further, thank you to my lovely girlfriend and travel partner, Danielle Seeliger, pictured risking her life, 1000 ft (300m) above the valley floor, in the freezing cold that wonderful October evening at over 7500 ft (2286 m) above sea level. And last but not least, shout out to the National Park Service; go support your local parks. Sorry for all the shout outs, you'd think I won a Nobel Prize or something.

If you'd like to read more about the awards and such, you can check out the press release template that they sent me which I will paste below. Below the press release, I will conclude with a few more words.

Click Here to view the gallery of the shortlisted images.

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Rob Wilson, Canada, honoured in the world’s largest photography competition - 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

  • 2017 awards received over 227,000 images from 183 countries

  • Photographer competing for Sony digital imaging equipment and $5,000 cash prize

  • Open category winners revealed March 28, overall winner announced April 20

  • Images from across entire shortlist available for publication at

EMABRGOED UNTIL 00.01 GMT ON TUESDAY 28 February 2017: The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today honour the work of Canadian photographer Rob Wilson, whose image “Taft Point” is shortlisted as top ten in the world in the awards’ Open Travel category.

Over 227,000 images from 183 countries were submitted to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Rob Wilson who is based in Canada is recognised alongside the shortlisted photographers of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions, all of which are also announced today.

In the Open competition, judges were looking for the best single images across ten categories, representing the finest contemporary photography today.

[Here there was a section where I would put in a Bio and short description of the image, but I'm not going to do that for these purposes.]

Rob Wilson will now compete to win the Open Travel category and the latest Sony digital imagery equipment – all ten Open category winners will be announced March 28. From the category winners, the Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of the $5,000 cash prize will be revealed on April 20.

The photographer’s work will also be shown alongside the awards’ other shortlisted and winning images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7.

Sony World Photography Awards

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony.

Each year the awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year entered into any of the awards’ four competitions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. With 49 nationalities represented, the 2017 shortlists reinforce the awards’ international appeal and unique ability to present the greatest images taken by photographers from all corners of the world on a truly global scale.

Each of the four competitions are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed industry professionals, carefully selected by the World Photography Organisation. For full list of 2017 judges, please click here.

Shortlisted images from across all competitions are available for publication at

For further information please contact:

Press Department, World Photography Organisation / +44 (0) 20 7886 3043 / 3049



  • 227,596 images were entered into the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards across all competitions

    • Professional competition: 110,270 entries

    • Open competition: 105,692 entries

    • Youth: 11,634 entries

Sony World Photography Awards forthcoming announcements

  • March 28, 2017 – Open and National Award winners announced

  • April 20, 2017 – Photographer of the Year plus Professional category winners and Open, Youth and Student Focus Photographers of the Year revealed at ceremony held in London

  • April 21 – May 7, 2017 – Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition at Somerset House, London

About World Photography Organisation
The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers and our industry-leading partners around the world. We host a year-round portfolio of events including: the Sony World Photography Awards (the world's largest photography competition, marking its 10th anniversary in 2017), various local meetups/talks throughout the year, and PHOTOFAIRS, International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography, with destinations in Shanghai and San Francisco.

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, imaging, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Sony Global Web Site:

So, as mentioned in the press release, the winner will be announced in a month from now, March 28th. I'm super stoked and shout out to all the other entrants.

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