|Above photo by Mitch Dobrowner. Professional Category Winner, Landscapes, Sony World Photography Awards 2012.
The coveted L’Iris d’Or award has gone to American photographer Mitch Dobrowner at this year's Sony World Photography Awards.
Dobrowner was presented with the award during the Sony World Photography Awards Gala ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane for his extraordinary series of images, Storms.
Dobrowner was chosen as the winner of the L’Iris d’Or by a panel of nine judges. In addition to a $25,000 cash prize and Sony’s latest digital imaging camera equipment, he is awarded the accolade of joining previous L’Iris d’Or winners Alejandro Chaskielberg, Tommaso Ausili, David Zimmerman and Vanessa Winship as a member of the World Photographic Academy.
WM Hunt, Chairman of the 2012 Honorary Judging Committee and MC of the 2012 Awards ceremony, said: “There is enormous pleasure in the jury's selection of Mitch Dobrowner because he is the best of what is classic and what is contemporary in photography. He brings a sense of its history and enormous skill in his craft while pushing his imagination and, even, physical strength. The work offers a visceral rush while being wonderfully well made. I think he is an exceptional choice.”
The Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Tobias Bräuning and other winners included Peter Franck from Germany who, returning from his victory at the 2010 Awards, and after being shortlisted in four categories, triumphed in the Commercial campaign and fashion categories, and the UK’s Simon Norfolk, winner of the Photojournalism & Documentary People category.
This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award went to William Klein and student photographer Asef Ali Mohammad from Middlesex University, UK, was announced as the winner of the Student Focus award that attracted entries from over 200 institutions across six continents.
The title of Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award Winner went to Sergey Kolyaskin from Russia and the 3D award went to Nick Saglimbeni from the United States. The Moving Image Award was awarded to Natasha Nicholson and Michael McDougall from Canada, for their short film Dead Languages.
The winning images and more will be on display at The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House.
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