The Italian photographer won the title for the Architecture category with a photo titled “Emotional Geography”
For 13 year, the World Photography Organization partnered with Sony to create one of the world’s leading photography competitions. Now, they announced the category winners and shortlist from the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 Open competition. Established and emerging photographers from a vast range of backgrounds submitted spectacular standalone images. More than 345,000 images from 203 territories were submitted across the Awards’ four competitions – the highest number to date. Among them, there is “Emotional Geography” by Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, which won the Architecture category.
Thus she is one of the nominees for the overall Sony World Photography Award 2020.
The absolute winner of the Open competition will be announced on June 9th on the online platforms of the World Photography Organization and Sony.
“Emotional Geography” is a black & white image. It features 38° Parallelo, a pyramid-shaped sculpture by Mauro Staccioli which stands at the exact point where the geographical coordinates touch the 38th parallel. Pantano, who is 46 years old, Sicilian, and moved to Turin 26 years ago, shot it during a summer trip with friends. She teaches in a primary school, however, her photos are appreciated by many.
Pantano commented on her victory: “I already participated in the competition last year. I was in the final shortlist with the photo of a tightrope walker taken in Piazza Castello in Turin. I always have a camera in my bag, I photograph what I see, beauty can to be around the corner.” She also added: “I will continue to take pictures without becoming big-headed, with my feet on the ground and my eyes towards the sky. My favorite photos are those of clouds.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett