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2016 Sony World Photography Awards Winners

The winners of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced.

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Empire of Dust, Amélie Labourdette, France

© Amélie Labourdette, France, Winner, Professional, Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards 

 

The winners of this year's Sony World Photography Awards have been announced in London tonight and as always, the standard of entry is incredibly high. 

Now in its ninth edition, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition and this year, the competition received 230,103 entries from 186 countries which is a 33% increase in entries from 2015.

Always free to enter, the aim of the awards is to recognise and reward the best photography in the world and the photographers been recognised this year are: 

 

Professional Winners

  • Architecture: Amélie Labourdette, France
  • Candid: Kirstin Schmitt, Germany
  • Conceptual: Julien Mauve, France
  • Landscape: Maroesjka Lavigne, Belgium
  • Portraiture: Marcello Bonfanti, Italy
  • Staged: Alberto Alicata, Italy
  • Still Life: Francesco Amorosino, Italy
  • Campaign: Jetmir Idrizi, Kosovo
  • Contemporary Issues: Asghar Khamseh, Iran
  • Current Affairs: Angelos Tzortzinis, Greece
  • Daily Life: Espen Rasmussen, Norway
  • Environment: Kevin Frayer, Canada
  • People: Kevin Frayer, Canada
  • Sport: Nikolai Linares, Denmark

 

Greetings from Mars

© Julien Mauve, France, Winner, Professional, Conceptual, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Open and Youth Winners
 

Open

  • Architecture - Filip Wolak, Poland
  • Arts & Culture - Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia
  • Enhanced - Pedro Díaz Molins, Spain
  • Low Light - Kei Nomiyama, Japan
  • Nature & Wildlife - Michaela Šmídová, Czech Republic
  • Panoramic - Markus van Hauten, Germany
  • People - Alexandre Meneghini, Brazil
  • Smile - Alex Ingle, Scotland
  • Split Second - Chaiyot Chanyam, Thailand
  • Travel - Andrej Tarfila, Slovenia

Youth

  • Culture - Sepehr Jamshidi Fard, Iran (age 17)
  • Environment - Anais Stupka, Italy (age 12)
  • Portraits - Sam Delaware, United States (age 18)

 

Land of Nothingness

© Maroesjka Lavigne, Belgium, Winner, Professional, Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Commenting on the winning entries, Dominique Green, Chair, Documentary Jury said: "I was moved by the depth of passion and commitment the photographers show to society through their work." 

Jael Marschner, Chair, Open competition, added: "The quality of photography was outstanding… Judging such remarkable photographs against each other was a wonderful yet almost impossible task. Hopefully,  you will enjoy the winners’ work as much as I have."

As well as announcing the competition winners, the Sony World Photography Awards also recognises a person / people whose contribution to the photographic industry and this year, RongRong & inri, the influential photographic husband and wife team who have shaped contemporary photography in China and beyond, have been recognised for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography. Past recipients have included Eve Arnold, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt and William Eggleston

The winning and shortlisted images from across the awards will now go on display at the landmark Somerset House in London until 8 May 2016.

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