The Sony World Photography Awards is an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organization. Recently, the largest photo competition in the world announced the winners for 2017.
Now celebrating its 10th year, this year’s contest attracted 227,596 entries from 183 countries. The competition gives out awards in four different categories; Professional, Open, Youth and Student focus. And one of the contest’s top honours is the National Award. For this particular award, photographers are judged against others from their country of origin, regardless of which of the 10 categories the photo was submitted to.
Winners of each category either walk home with cash prizes or Sony digital imaging equipment. All the winning shots from this year’s awards will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from April 21 to May 7, 2017. Take a look at the winning photos below or head over to the World Photography Organization website to see more of it.
1. Khalid Alsabat, Saudi Arabia National Award
This image was captured by Khalid of an elderly fisherman casting his net in Yangzhou, China.
2. Camilo Diaz, Colombia National Award
Submerged field. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. The volume of water suggests a calm while the surface gives constant chaos. It is in this scenario that the South American team is named youth world champion winners in Norway.
3. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia National Award
EXIST. This photo reminds us of how selfie culture determines our existence only if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia.
4. Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award
Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken while working in the field; this iguana was near a small creek. Jonatan had done several reptile shots before getting this one.
5. Homare Hamada, Japan National Award
Homare captured the full trajectory launch of the Stork rocket by using long exposure.
6. Andreas Hemb, Sweden National Award
A herd of cape Buffaloes drink at a watering hole at Zimanga Private Games Reserve, South Africa.
7. Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation
Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.
8. Shashanka Chitrakar, Nepal National Award
9. Peter Svoboda, Slovakia National Award
Light from above. The picture was taken in Santa Maddalena, Dolomiten, Italy. Beautiful light and humidity stood behind the nice play of light and shadows that morning.
10. Jim Chen, Taiwan National Award
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