Brazil’s photographers finally get some much-deserved attention

When you think about it, Brazil has every reason to be churning out world-class photographers; a huge country heaving with rich and diverse nature, full of nooks and crannies, vastly different cultures, languages and ethnicities and still in a phase of development which allows you to find the practices of the past alongside the vision of tomorrow.

This year, one of the most prolific international photography competitions, the Sony World Photography Awards, has recognised the talent of not one but three Brazilian photographers, who have been shortlisted for prizes to be announced in April at a prestigious ceremony in Cannes.

1 | Duda Carvalho is a well-known photographer in the fashion industry in Brazil, but it was his atmospheric image of an empty restaurant that got him a Sony nomination in the Architecture category.

2 | Leonardo Giannetti is in the amateur category, but from the looks of his portfolio he could give some pro’s a run for their money – no pun intended; he’s up for the prize in the Sports category which could win him $5,000 and a Sony camera.

3| Calil Elias Neto has been a professional photographer since 1982 and is shortlisted for two images in the Arts and Entertainment section. His pictures depict the heavily symbolic, Afro-Brasilian religious ceremonies of the Northeast.

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