Three Israeli photographers are on the shortlist announced Tuesday for the Sony World Photography Awards 2009. A total of 186 professional and amateur photographers from 43 countries are vying for prizes in a number of categories. Nir Elias was nominated in the Sport category; Angelika Sher was named in the Conceptual and Constructed Fine Art category; and Dan Balilty is up for an award in the Natural History category. All three are part of the professional section of the competition. The judging committee - comprised of photographers, curators, representatives of photo agencies, publishers and critics - chose the contestants from 36,546 professional and 25,370 amateur submissions. Finalists will be announced March 17, and they will be honored April 17 at a gala in Cannes, where the professional winner will be named and awarded $25,000 and Sony equipment. The amateur winner will receive $5,000 and Sony equipment. The Prince's Rainforest Project Award will also be given out at the gala, for which the winner will be given a fully funded trip to document the rainforests of the world.