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Overall Winners Revealed For 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Italian artist Federico Borella named Photographer of the Year at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Federico Borella, Italy, Photographer of the Year, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Federico Borella, Italy, Photographer of the Year, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards 


The World Photography Organisation has chosen the 2019 winner of the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards.

The coveted 'Photographer of the Year' title was presented at a London ceremony to the Italian artist Federico Borella for his series 'Five Degrees'. The work was praised by the jury for its 'sensitivity, technical excellence and artistry in bringing to light a global concern'. 

Borella was selected from the ten category winners of the Professional competition alongside those in 2nd and 3rd place in each Professional category.

The overall winners of the Awards’ Open (best single image), Youth and Student competitions were also revealed at a prestigious London Awards ceremony, where 2019’s 'Outstanding Contribution to Photography' recipient, the artist Nadav Kander, was also in attendance to collect his prize. 

The Sony World Photography Awards are one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photography competitions and the 12th edition saw a record-breaking 326,997 submissions by photographers from 195 countries and territories.


© Federico Borella, Italy, Photographer of the Year, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

© Federico Borella, Italy, Photographer of the Year, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards 


About Federico Borella's series 'Five Degrees'

The series 'Five Degrees' focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, which is facing its worst drought in 140 years. Based on a Berkeley University study, which found a correlation between climate change and increased suicide rates amongst Indian farmers, Borella has explored the impact of climate change on this agricultural region and its community through poignant and powerful mixture of images depicting the farming landscape, mementos of the deceased farmers, and portraits of those left behind. 


More Winners From the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Four British photographers have also been recognised in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards with Yan Wang Preston winning the Professional Landscape category, followed by Marco Kesseler in 2nd Place and Kieran Dodds in 3rd Place in the same category. Additionally, Edward Thompson was awarded 3rd Place in the Professional Brief category.

The other category winners are: 

  • 'Open Photographer of the Year' - Christy Lee Rogers, USA 
  • 'Youth Photographer of the Year' - Zelle Westfall, USA, age 18
  • 'Student Photographer of the Year' - Sergi Villanueva, Spain, Universidad Jaume I, age 25
  • 'Outstanding Contribution to Photography' - Nadav Kander


All winners received Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in the winners’ book and their work will be shown as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London. 

The 2020 Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries 1 June 2019.

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