Six Indian photographers have been shortlisted for a prestigious international competition among contenders from 43 countries, the results of which will be declared on March 17, it was announced on Tuesday.
"Of the 186 selected photographers from 43 countries, there are six photographers from India, all of them competing in a variety of categories in one of the most prestigious photographic competitions in the world," an official announcement said.
The Sony World Photography Awards (2009) is a truly global competition. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, over 60,000 photograph entries were submitted this year from 139 countries, it said.
The finalists in each of the categories will be announced on March 17 and will be honoured at the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony in Cannes on April 16.
The 2009 winner of the Sony World Photographer of the Year will receive USD 25,000 and professional Sony camera equipment. The amateur photographer award carries $ 5,000 cash prize as well as Sony camera equipment.
The Prince's Rainforest Project award is a fully funded project to document the rainforests of the world. Acclaimed French photographer, Marc Riboud is the winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.