The finalists for the 3D category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today. Selected by the judges from the World Photography Organization, the three finalists are: Michele Abramo Puricelli (aka Michael Abraham) from Italy, Matjaž Tančič from Slovenia and Nick Saglimbeni, USA, who won the 3D Photographer of the Year title in 2012, the award’s inaugural year.
My computer lacks the processing power to actually see the 3D in these, but I'll take Sony's word for it that the 3D makes these images awesome.
Michele is a keen filmmaker who has spent the past 14 years embracing new and exciting challenges. He spent eight years working in the commercial, television and film industry and has been actively involved in 3D filmmaking (and photography) since 2009. Since then he has had the opportunity to work for Sky 3D and the feature film Jack Giant the Slayer, which is scheduled for release in March 2013. He recently directed and shot two short films: 'Wuji'
and 'Il Filo d'Arianna'.
Michele’s image THE THREE GUYS is of three guides and was taken prior to a trip into the Morocco’s Sarhara Desert. Michael comments “Being chosen as a finalist amongst others competitors is both an honour and a huge surprise! Depth, in my opinion, is the missing element in standard photography. The additional dimension in 3D photography gives us, the audience, almost an air of familiarity within its deep atmosphere. I believe that the evolution of 3D photography will eventually increase the interest of the general public in the 3D World in general, in turn pushing the boundaries for further expansion and exploration.”
Matjaž is a leading 3D fashion photographer who divides his time between Beijing and Ljubljana. He is a graduate of the London College of Fashion and his professional career began as a photojournalist for Mladina magazine in
Slovenia. Matjaž’s work has been seen in 42 group and 14 solo exhibitions and has been featured in a variety of publications including Vogue, L Officiel, Playboy and Mercedes Benz Magazine. He was a finalist in the 2009
"Google Photography Prize" contest.
His image, TIME KEEPER is inspired by the set-up of Hui-style living rooms in the old village houses of Yixian, China. Matjaž comments: “I am very glad that my photograph has reached the finals, especially as it was created originally created for a photographic festival in Yixian, China that was actually cancelled one day before its opening. It is also a really nice reward for the hard work and shooting 3D for the last couple of years. 3D photography brought me from London to China where I am based now and it would be very exciting if it would also brought me back...”
Nick has been a pioneer and strong supporter of 3D photography. He designed and co-engineered the Saglimbeni3D stereo camera system and, in 2011, he created and launched WMB 3D: World’s Most Beautiful, the first magazine entirely photographed and designed in 3D.
In 2010, Nick released the Mastering Retouching tutorial series which is now one of the most popular retouching tutorials ever created. He has photographed national and international campaigns for Kardashian Kollection, Skechers and Sears and his work has been featured on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Keeping Up with Kardashians, and more.
His finalist image, WAREHOUSE WONDERLAND was shot as a fashion feature for WMB 3D: World's Most Beautiful #2.
Nick comments: “It's an honour to be recognized by Sony and the WPO, especially in such a niche arena as 3D. Congratulations to my fellow nominees."
The winner will be announced on March 19. What do you all think? I personally believe I can't judge these images at all without seeing the 3D effect. Maybe I should invest in a 3D monitor...