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Over half of millennials would prefer to give up their sense of smell than their computers and smartphones — but there is much more to the generation than a dependence on technology.
For Sony World Photography Organization‘s Student Focus Award this year, student photographers were asked to submit images that depicted what they thought it meant to be a millennial.
While plenty of top pictures in the competition featured 20-somethings engaging with technology, some focused on nature, relationships, poverty, and social interactions — and each offered a different perspective on what it means to be millennial in 2016.
The shortlist of the top ten images was narrowed down by photo editors at Mother Jones and BuzzFeed, representing both the journalistic and millennial sides of the competition.
The student photographers were all given a brief on the topic of millennials to steer their imagery, including the statistic that 53 per cent of the generation would prefer giving up their ability to smell over their technology.
The competition saw a record number of entries from students spanning five continents and attending 400 schools worldwide.
Several of the images show the way modern technology has infiltrated everything millennials do, and how there is a constant impulse to document everything .
‘The impulse to record one’s presence in a place becomes more pressing than looking into it,’ explained New Zealand’s Matilda Fraser, who attends the Elam School of Fine Arts at University of Auckland.