The ‘Open’ Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2018

Mar 23, 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

The annual competition held by the World Photography Organization had nearly 320,000 submissions from more than 200 countries this year. Each winner of each of the 10 categories received a prize of $5,000, Sony digital imaging equipment, a global press campaign, a feature on the World Photography Organisation website and will be exhibited at the Somerset House in London in spring. The main winner of the entire competition will be announced on April 19th. These pictures represent the great art that is photography and helps us understand views and perspectives that we all agree we wouldn’t have experienced without talented photographers or organizations like these here to present them.

Here are your winners:

Architecture - ‘The Man and The Mysterious Tower’ - Andreas Pohl, Germany

Vertical wind tunnel built in the years 1934 to 1936 for aeronautical studies in Berlin-Adlershof. The photo was taken on 9th January 2017 at 4:26 pm when the dusk already set in. I took the photo because I had it in mind for more than 2 years without a chance…cause there is not much snow in Berlin.


Landscape & Nature - ‘Early Autumn’ - Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria

Early Autumn - Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria

The autumn has begun to decorate with its colors the woods of the Balkans. National Park – Central Balkan, Bulgaria.


Travel - ‘Shapes of Lofoten’ - Mikkel Beiter, Denmark

‘Shapes of Lofoten - Mikkel Beiter, Denmark

This composition is quite popular amongst photographers at the moment and it's easy to understand why! The beautiful Mount Olstinden has almost the same shape as the roof of this cute yellow cabin and the yellow color creates some amazing contrast to the snow-covered mountain.

This place can be found in the Lofoten Archipelago at the small island named Sakrisøy. I've removed a small cabin on the left side during the post process. Besides that, color correction, contrast, and sharpness have been done in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Motion - ‘The Highest Platform’ - Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia

The Highest Platform - Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia

The new aquatic stadium for The 18th Asian Games just has opened in Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, Jakarta. It will be held in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang. A diving athlete in the middle of the training session while I was capturing this moment.


Enhanced - ‘Every Breath You Take’ - Klaus Lenzen, Germany

Every Breath You Take - Klaus Lenzen, Germany

The picture was taken in summer 2017 from 35 individual images of swimmers at the triathlon in the Duesseldorf Media Harbor. I was able to take a picture of them from above, while the athletes crossed a pedestrian bridge capturing their very individual “breathing techniques“. I was inspired by the work of Andreas Gursky, therefore I took the individual images with the highest possible sharpness. That enables me to display or print the overall picture in a large format.


Street Photography - ‘Old Friends’ - Manuel Armenis, Germany

Old Friends - Manuel Armenis, Germany

‘The most dignified lady of the neighborhood [is] bravely defying the burden of her old age,’ says Armenis. ‘Always stylishly dressed, colorful and in a good mood. Smiling, never complaining, even though everyday life is exhausting and challenging. But you never see her without her best friend – her little dog’


Still Life - ‘Sunday Buffet’ - Richard Frishman, United States

Sunday Buffet - Richard Frishman, United States

This is an image of the buffet options at Jerry Mikeska’s Bar-BQ. ‘[It] accurately depicts a curious juxtaposition of food to prey. Jerry opened his restaurant in Columbus, Texas in 1956, following the tradition of his father and brothers,’ according to Frishman. ‘“Daddy was a meat man,” Jerry says. More than 200 taxidermied mounts decorate the walls, but the buffet steam table just comes out on Sunday. “I only shot a few of these,” Jerry said, “but I bought some more to make an impression”’


Portraiture - ‘Emile’ - Nick Dolding, United Kingdom

‘I shot Emile in London when I was commissioned to shoot stills for a PayPal ad campaign. The campaign took its inspiration from Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums. Emile’s styling was so fantastic I couldn’t resist shooting a portrait of him. I wanted to retain the humor, but have him looking aloof and hoity-toity’

Culture - ‘Young Minotaur' - Panos Skordas, Greece

Young Minotaur - Panos Skordas, Greece

The picture was taken in the actual palace of King Minos, on the island of Crete. Costume and mask made by me, the model with lots of patience son.

Wildlife - ‘An Unexpected Meeting’ - Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland

An Unexpected Meeting - Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland

I was about to leave the Sequoia National Park when from the corner of my eye I saw a beautiful clearing bathed in A fog. Without thinking too much, I ran with the camera to take some pictures. When I reached the clearing, I heard the crack of broken twigs and I can't say, that I was not afraid since Sequoia National Park is a home for black bears and people are warned about it at every step. When I turned around, fortunately, there was not any bear, instead, I saw a curious mule deer walking towards me who cheerfully chewed his supper. Soon after other deer joined him and we just stood there together for a while and watched each other. It was one of the most beautiful moments during my trip through California, this autumn.


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