New Zealander reaches new heights
A photographer chosen from each of 60 countries from Argentina to Australia, is recognized — as part of the Sony World Photography Awards — with a National Award, which acknowledges the single best image submitted by a photographer from the entered nations.
The 2016 New Zealand National Award has gone to Miriam Strong, an Auckland photographer currently based in London.
Her image, titled New Heights, shows a street performer in Montmartre, Paris, and incorporates a view of the city in the background. New Heights was selected as the best photograph entered by a New Zealand photographer from all of the Sony World Photography Awards’ 10 Open categories. This year’s runners-up included Levana Sietses in second place and Peter Kurdulija in third place.
Strong said, “I’m thrilled to be awarded [the] New Zealand National Award. Being shown in front of my peers is such a fantastic experience and opportunity.”
The prize included a Sony A6000, and Strong’s image will be shown at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London, from April 22 to May 8. New Heights will also be published in the annual awards book.