Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­phers tri­umph at this year’s awards

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The winners of this year’s pres­ti­gious Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards have been re­vealed. Bri­tish artist Alys Tom­lin­son won the over­all Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year prize for her se­ries Ex-Voto, which cen­tred around pil­grim­age sites in France, Poland and Ire­land. The se­ries, which was cap­tured in black and white us­ing large-for­mat cam­eras, was praised by the jury for its “beau­ti­ful pro­duc­tion, tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence and sensitive illustration of pil­grim­age as a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery and sac­ri­fice to a greater power.”

Other cat­e­gory winners in­cluded por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher Tom Old­ham and UK-based Por­tuguese pho­tog­ra­pher Edgar Martins, who re­spec­tively won the Por­trai­ture and Still Life cat­e­gories.

Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher Can­dida Höfer, mean­while, re­ceived the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Pho­tog­ra­phy Award, a prize whose pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents have in­cluded Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold, El­liott Er­witt and Martin Parr.

Now in its 11th year, the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted a record num­ber of en­tries from over 200 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. An ex­hi­bi­tion with win­ning images was re­cently held at Som­er­set House, Lon­don.

Next year’s com­pe­ti­tion will open for sub­mis­sions on 1 June.

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