Endeavouring to support the best regional photographers from 63 countries around the globe, the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) has released its list of 2020 winners. Open to professional photographers over the age of 18, the competition ran from June 2019 to January 2020. From a record number of 190,000+ photographs, the SWPA has selected one standout image to represent each nation in 2020. The National Awards are a way for the contest to showcase talent from all countries that submitted work to this prestigious photography contest.
The SWPA accepted bodies of work consisting of 5 to 10 images across 10 categories: Creative, Discovery, Documentary, Environment, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Sport, and Still Life. Only unpublished or commissioned images were eligible. From spectacular landscapes to touching portraits to memorable wildlife photography, each winner represents a glimpse into the global photography talent pool. And — as always — each winner will have their work showcased at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London.
From big, sweeping landscapes to small moments between humans and animals, the winning photos are a cross-section of 2020’s top photography. Many photographers won for images that highlight their nation and its history. Other photographers strayed far from their homes to take the winning shot. Portuguese photographer Antonio Bernardino Coelho, for example, won for his crisp depiction of Dubai’s skyline, while an encounter with a boy in the Solomon Islands gave Korea’s Hwanhee Kim his winning photograph.
Take a look at some of the national winners of the Sony World Photography Awards below or click here to view the full list of winners.