© Frederik Buyckx, Photographer of the Year, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
The World Photography Organisation has named Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. The Awards’ judges were taken by the beauty, scale and effort involved in Buyckx’s winning work titled "Whiteout".
Born in Antwerp in 1984, Frederik Buyckx is a freelance photographer for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard. Buyckx’s images have been published and exhibited internationally and most recently he was shortlisted for the ZEISS Photography Award.
The winning series 'Whiteout' was taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. Buyckx explains: "There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance."
Buyckx was revealed as the Photographer of the Year and presented the $25,000 (USD) prize at an awards ceremony in London attended by international industry experts. At the same ceremony, the category winners of the Professional competition were announced, along with the overall winners of the Open, Youth and Student competitions.
"Mathilda" by Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov was selected as the best single photograph in the world and the Youth competition was won by 16-year-old student Katelyn Wang from Los Angeles, California. Wang’s winning photograph "On Top of the World" was taken while standing above Lake Pehoé in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and beautifully captures the landscape beneath her.
©Alexander Vinogradov, Open, Portraits, Open Photographer of the Year, 2017, Sony World Photography Awards
©Katelyn Wang, Youth, Beauty, Youth Photographer of the Year, 2017, Sony World Photography Awards
Michelle Daiana Gentile, aged 21, of Escuela de Fotografía Motivarte, won the overall title of 'Student Photographer of the Year' with a stunning series called "Only Hope". Responding to the brief of "Emotions", Gentile delivered a powerful series shot across ten days spent with workers of an old paper factory in Argentina.
© Michelle Daiana Gentile, Student Focus, Student Photographer of the Year, 2017, Sony World Photography Awards
The 2017 Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries and is the world’s largest photography competition. An exhibition of all the winning and shortlisted work, along with rarely seen images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, will run at Somerset House, London until 7 May.