2017-05-02

Sony World Photography Awards Winners Announced

You may have missed it, but the winners were recently announced for the annual and prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, and now you can see the winning photos on display at the exhibition at Somerset House in London from 21st April until 7th May with a 20% discount off ticket prices through Park Cameras.




Grand Prize Winners


Photographer of the Year - Frederik Buyckx, Belgium


'Shepherd' by Frederik Buyckx

Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx was awarded 'Photographer of the Year' and won the top €25,000 prize for the best photography series for his series "Whiteout", which captures the transformation of nature when winter arrives.

Buyckx was born in Antwerp in 1984 and is a freelance photographer for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard. He's been published and exhibited internationally and was also recently shortlisted for the Zeiss Photography Award.

'Donkey' by Frederik Buyckx

The winning series "Whiteout" was taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia, and Central Asia, remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. He explained "There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance."


Open Photographer of the Year - Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation


'Mathilda' by Alexander Vinogradov

Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov's image "Mathilda" was selected by the judges as the best single photograph in the world and was awarded USD$5,000 as well as the title of 'Open Photographer of the Year'.

Vinogradov is an amateur photographer from Moscow who won with a portrait of a young girl, an image that was inspired by the French movie 'Leon'. The image was selected from ten Open category winners by a panel of judges let by British journalist and photographer Damien Demolder.


Young Photographer of the Year - Katelyn Wang, USA


'On Top of the World' by Katelyn Wang

Sixteen-year-old student Katelyn Wang from Los Angeles, California received the Youth Photographer of the Year title. Open to those aged 12-19, the Youth competition asked photographers worldwide to respond to the brief of ‘Beauty’ with a single image.

Wang’s winning photograph “On Top of the World” was taken while standing above Lake PehoĆ© in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, and beautifully captures the landscape beneath her.


Student Photographer of the Year - Michelle Daiana Gentile, Argentina


'Only Hope' by Michelle Daiana Gentile

With her stunning winning series called "Only Hope", student Michelle Daiana Gentile, 21, of Escuela de FotografiaMotivarte in Argentina won the title of 'Student Photographer of the Year' by responding to the brief "Emotions" and delivering a powerful series shot across ten days spent with workers of an old paper factory in Argentina.

Gentile won 30,000 euros of Sony photography equipment for her university. 


Outstanding Contribution to Photography - Martin Parr



Famed British photographer Martin Parr, known for his intimate, anthropological and often satirical images depicting facets of modern life, in particular social classes in England, was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the awards ceremony.

Parr was recognised for his unique visual language and for pushing the boundaries of the medium. 

Previous winners of this award include Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud, William Klein, RongRong & Inri, Elliot Erwitt, and Phil Stern.


2017 Exhibition & Book


All the winning and shortlisted images in this years Sony World Photography Awards will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 21st April until 7th May.

The exhibition includes a specially curated exhibition of rarely seen black and white images from martin Parr's early career alongside some of his most iconic work, books, and films.

The exhibition is accompanies by a book of the winning and selected shortlisted works, available to buy from www.worldphoto.org.

If you'd like to visit the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, use the discount code SONY20 for a 20% discount of tickets which can be purchased here.



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