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Latvian portrait among finalists of Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards Open competition finalists and winners have been announced by the World Photography Organization. Among finalists was Reinis Fjodorovs from Latvia, representatives said March 23.

The Sony World Photography Awards is a contest by World Photography organization. The Open is the largest competition category in which 7 Baltic photographers have succeeded this year, including Reinis Fjodorovs, whose photograph “Portrait in the River” entered the final, the competition's representatives said.

Reinis Fjodorovs is a Latvian photographer specializing in the genre of portrait. In 2015, Reinis received the National Award for Sony World Photography Awards. He is currently working on a long-term documentary on the life story of his great-grandfather and the Arona River.

“My great-grandfather owned a mill on Arona. It's a place that's very close to me and my family. When I met some people in the neighborhood, I realized that Arona had some effect on their lives, so I decided to take portraits of some people living near the river. The hero of this photograph is Andris, who has recently moved to his family's home near Arona,” Reinis Fjodorovs said.

It has already been reported that the National Sony World Photography Award was received by Jānis Paļulis, whose photograph of “The Glowing Mushroom” was assessed by the jury as the best of 440 Latvian photographers.

More than 165 000 photographs were submitted to the Open category of the competition, 120 of which were selected for the finale in ten sub-categories.

One Lithuanian photographer's work also entered the finals, but most notable among Baltic photographers were Estonian photographers with four finalists.

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