Image © Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, winner of L'iris d'Or 2014
The winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, with four British photographers among them.
American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz took L'iris d'Or and the $25,000 prize. The judges voted unanimously for Lewkowicz’s hard-hitting series, ‘Shane and Maggie’, - an intimate examination of domestic violence as a process - as this year’s winner. Through her project, Lewkowicz seeks to take a deeper, unflinching look at domestic abuse as a process as opposed to a single incident. She examines how a pattern of abuse develops and eventually crests, as well as its short and long-term after-effects on victims, their families, and their abusers. The story is inescapable; horrific and tender, fierce and unfathomable, luridly coloured.
Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li was announced as the Open Photographer of the Year at this year’s Awards. Chen Li’s winning image, ‘Rain in an ancient town’, was selected from over 65,000 entries from across the world in a competition that sought to find the world’s single best image taken by an amateur photographer or photography enthusiast.
Image © Amanda Harman, Still Life Photographer of the Year
British photographers who won this year were Spencer Murphy, who was awarded Campaign Photographer of the Year, Guy Martin, who got Current Affairs Photographer of the Year, and Amanda Harman, crowned Still Life Photographer of the year.
Scarlett Evans, who studies at Central Saint Martins University was awarded the Student Focus Award for her series 'A Childhood in England'.
All the winning series, together with work by shortlisted photographers of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, will be on display at Somerset House in London from 1 – 18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. The exhibition also includes a special curation of work by iconic American Photographer Mary Ellen Mark, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award.
For more information and to see more of the winning photos, take a look at the World Photography Organisation