Official Winners: 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Apr 20, 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

After a month of delebriation, the Sony World Photography Award judges have come to their final decision. There were more than 320,000 submissions from more than 200 countries this year. All the winning categories will be displayed at the Somerset House in London until May 6th! Experts from all parts of the photographic industry came together one last time for the 2018 selection.The images they have picked may surprise you or inspire you! 


Sony photographer of the year 

"At the pinnacle of the Professional competition is the title of Photographer of the Year, one of the most distinguished and highly regarded awards in photography. The winner is chosen each year by the Honorary Jury from among the first place winners of all the Professional categories." 

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1st Place, "Ex-voto" by Alys Tomlinson

"Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes, France, Ballyvourney, Ireland, and Grabarka, Poland, the project images encompass formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-life images of the objects and markers left behind. Shot on 5x4, large format film, the images evoke a distinct stillness and reflect the mysterious, timeless quality present at these sites of great spiritual contemplation. People and landscape merge as place, memory and history entwine. "

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2nd Place, "In This Place" by Margaret Mitchell

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"'In This Place' is a personal yet universal story of family, love, loss and survival, set within a wider socio-economic context. Against a backdrop of parental loss and limited opportunities, I relate the story of my late sister's adult children and their families. I first photographed my sister's children over 20 years ago. This series tells their stories now through their emotional, social and economic circumstances. Although they have moved in 20 years, it is from one area of housing, income, health and opportunity deprivation, to a comparable area nearby. Life feels somewhat static in the housing estates in Stirling in central Scotland; as the world changes, lives remain the same. The series raises questions about choice; do we have choices in life or are some predetermined or made for us? Is the place we put ourselves, and where we are put by others or circumstance, mental, as well as physical?"

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Youth Photographer of the Year

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Megan Johnson of America won with her piece Still. This title is awarded to the best single image taken by any photographer aged 12-19. Her winning photo was taken on cliffs near her house using an iPhone 7. She said she took the photo in black and white because ‘life, to me, has more detail in black and white’.

Student Photographer of the Year

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Samuel Buldoc from Canada. This award recognises the best series of work taken by any student aged 30 and under. Samuel won for his series Fragmentation which he hoped would put into relation the beauty of bodies of water and the devastation caused by man. His work is created by printing onto matte paper, then tearing the works and recreating them as a 3D model.

Open Photographer of the Year 

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

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