This year, the Sony World Photography Contest received an astonishing 139,554 image entries. Ranging from the beautiful to the desolate, the humane to the ultimately alien, judges sifted through hundreds of thousands of technically immaculate and artistically stunning representations of the world’s various corners. While the official award ceremony won’t be held until April 30th in London, we’re giving you a sneak peek at some of our personal favorite entries.
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While nostalgia for yesteryear can feel mawkishly selective, there is a certain je ne sais quoi appeal to fashions past. Enter “old school cool”, a community on Reddit that catalogs some of the best photographs that capture the human appeal of years past. From the vintage to the recent and the celebrity and the criminal, enjoy forty of the best photographs of old school cool:
Imagine working numerous hours to accumulate the perfect combination of both moisture and dust. Eventually, a faint white fog forms, and you snap a photo of the pale indoor cloud. Moments later, the formation is gone, and you’re left in an empty room. Although meticulous and drawn out, this is life for Berndnaut Smilde, the brilliant artist who is well known for his stunning indoor cloud formations.
Many have borrowed from William Shakespeare’s famed “To be, or not to be” line in their work, even those living beyond the literary world’s borders. Alexander Khokhlov is one of them. Fitting up the phrase for the 21st century, ‘2D or Not 2D’ is Khokhlov’s latest series of photos that brings traditional painted portraiture to life. Using a little post-production trompe l’oeil trickery and crafty make-up techniques, the photographer turns traditional 3D portraits into a living replica of 2D art.
Baby Khaleesi, Walter White, Frank Underwood And More
Even though we must wait a little longer for the next “Game of Thrones” series to begin, Walter White is long gone and you sank the new season of “House of Cards” in a day, you can still obsess over the iconic series. Except this time, Frank Underwood, Khaleesi and Walter White are all donning diapers. Along with her friend Cristina, Californian photographer Karen Abad has taken some absolutely adorable photos of Cristina’s baby, Olivia, dressed as TV’s most beloved and reviled characters. Who knew cunning, murdering politicians could be so cute? See more of Olivia the actress at Design Taxi.
Sand. For some, it conjures images of tropical beverages and pristine waters. For others, it’s little more than a ubiquitous pest. Either way, we seldom think of those little granules unless we’re surrounded by them.