2018 SONY WORLD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AWARDS

A TOTAL OF 320,000 IMAGES IN THIS YEAR’S SONY WORLD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AWARDS PRE­SENTED THE JUDGES WITH A MAM­MOTH TASK, BUT THEY STILL MAN­AGED TO DISTILL IT ALL DOWN TO TEN OPEN CAT­E­GORY WIN­NERS AND 63 NA­TIONAL AWARD WIN­NERS.

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It’s grown into the world’s big­gest pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion and, this year, at­tracted a mas­sive 320,000 en­tries. Some­how the judges were still able to find the win­ners in ten Open cat­e­gories and, new for 2018, 63 coun­try-based Na­tional Awards.

Or­gan­ised by the World Pho­tog­ra­phy Or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards have evolved into the world’s most di­verse pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion. The 11th edi­tion re­ceived a record break­ing 320,000 sub­mis­sions by pho­tog­ra­phers from more than 200 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries, pre­sent­ing some of the finest con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phy cap­tured over the past year.

Pho­tog­ra­phers were in­vited to en­ter any of the Open com­pe­ti­tion’s ten cat­e­gories, with the judges look­ing for the best sin­gle im­age fit­ting each cat­e­gory’s brief. Many of this year’s Open win­ners are non­pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, mak­ing their achieve­ments even more re­mark­able. The over­all win­ner of the Open Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year award is Ve­selin Atanasov from Bul­garia, who also won the Land­scape & Na­ture cat­e­gory (pic­tured here).

In ad­di­tion to the Open cat­e­gory win­ners, a total of 63 Na­tional Awards win­ners have also been se­lected – judged to be the strong­est sin­gle im­age taken by a lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher – with sub­mis­sions com­ing from nearly 70 coun­tries. Th­ese in­cluded Aus­tralia, Ar­gentina, Cam­bo­dia, Chile, China, France, In­done­sia, Kenya, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Ara­bia, South Africa, Turkey and Viet­nam. The 2018 Aus­tralia Na­tional Award was won by Chris Round – a fine-art pho­tog­ra­pher based in Syd­ney – with an im­age ti­tled In­take Tower, Blow­er­ing Reser­voir, NSW, Aus­tralia (see next page). This im­age also earned a Com­mended award in the Ar­chi­tec­ture Cat­e­gory.

Chris ex­plains, “This im­age is part of an on­go­ing project con­cern­ing the Snowy Hy­dro Scheme and the Snowy Moun­tains re­gion in New South Wales. It’s an ex­plo­ration of the balance be­tween na­ture and man’s in­ter­ven­tion upon it – vast struc­tures amongst epic land­scapes, re-shaped wa­ter­ways and newly cre­ated ones. This is the Blow­er­ing Reser­voir in­take tower taken in the early morn­ing light. The bru­tal­ist struc­ture cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion with the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the soft- look­ing wa­ter – a re­sult of the need for a long ex­po­sure”.

The Chair of the judg­ing panel, Zelda Chea­tle, com­ments, “Judg­ing the Open com­pe­ti­tion and Na­tional Awards al­lowed me to dis­cover high cal­i­bre in­ter­na­tional work of great in­ter­est. In choos­ing the win­ners, the images all had to have some­thing spe­cial – whether it be com­po­si­tion, im­pact, skill, a por­trayal of a unique event or in­form­ing in a new way. Above all else, each win­ner had to be an ex­cep­tional pho­to­graph”.

 The High­est Plat­form by Fa­jar Kris­tianto (In­done­sia), win­ner of the Mo­tion Cat­e­gory in the 2018 Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards. Also win­ner of the In­done­sia Na­tional Award.

In­take Tower, Blow­er­ing Reser­voir, NSW,Aus­tralia by Chris Round (Aus­tralia), win­ner of the Aus­tralia Na­tional Award, 2018 Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards (also Com­mended in the Ar­chi­tec­ture Cat­e­gory).

 The Man And The Mys­te­ri­ousTower by An­dreas Pohl (Ger­many), win­ner of the Ar­chi­tec­ture Cat­e­gory in the 2018 Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards.

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