2018-04-30

Winners announced for 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards have announced their winners for 2018. Produced by the World Photography Organisation, this year there were an impressive 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories.

We take a look at some of the award-winning photos:

National Park - Central Balkan, Bulgaria. Copyright: © Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria, Open Photographer of the Year, Open, Landscape & Nature (2018 Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
'Early Autumn' by Veselin Atanasov. National Park - Central Balkan, Bulgaria




Open Photographer of the Year -  Best Single Photograph in the World


We absolutely adore this beautiful image (above) – the colour tones look ethereal - the cool blue hues complement the warm yellows and oranges. Shot by Veselin Atanasov, a Bulgarian IT specialist who has only been snapping since 2014 and is self-taught.
 
Selected from 10 category winners as the best single image in the world, his work ‘Early Autumn’ receives a $5,000 prize. The winning photograph captures autumn in the Central Balkan National Park.

Photographer of the Year


The coveted Photographer of the Year award was presented to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series ‘Ex-Voto’ - offerings of religious devotion found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

Winning $25,000, the work was praised by the jury for its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power.

Tomlinson said “I am very surprised to have won, there is so much amazing photography in this competition. This is a huge boost both personally and professionally. It’s a project I invested so much in, so this recognition makes it all worth it.”

Untitled photograph from ex-voto series. Copyright: © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
Untitled from the series 'Ex-Voto' by Alys Tomlinson


Untitled photograph from ex-voto series. Copyright: © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
Untitled from the series 'Ex-Voto' by Alys Tomlinson

Young Photographer of the Year


The prize for Young Photographer of the Year (12-19) went to American Megan Johnson (16) for her image ‘Still’. Shot on the cliffs near her house in Connecticut, the black and white image captures the complex and intricate solitude the photographer faces in everyday life.

Interesting to see the winning image was shot on an iPhone – proving the expression ‘the best camera is the one you have on you’ to be true!

Copyright: © Megan Johnson, United States of America, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, Your Environment (2018 Youth competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
'Still', by Megan Johnson, shot on an iPhone 7 

Student Photographer of the Year


Plastic pollution in what appears to be one of natures’ cleanest (yet also most vulnerable) environments. We love how this image tells its own story.

Samuel Bolduc, Canadian, Age 20. Bolduc represented College de Matane, Quebec and has won €30,000 (Euros) worth of Sony photography equipment for the institution – making him very popular, no doubt!

Copyright: © Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, Student Focus, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
From the series titled 'The Burden', by Samuel Bolduc

Copyright: © Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, Student Focus, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
From the series titled 'The Burden', by Samuel Bolduc

Outstanding Contribution to Photography 


German artist Candida Höfer is known for her powerful portraits of vast, empty interiors, produced using her precise methodology and technique. Her contemporary work is held in collections around the world.


Trinity College Library Dublin I 2004. Copyright: © 2018 Candida Höfer, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts
Trinity College Library Dublin by Candida Höfer


The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition runs at Somerset House, London, until the 6th May.

Find out more - see our blog on the 2017 winners.

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