2013 Sony World Photography Awards Winners Announced [Gallery]

Winners of the 10 Open categories, plus the 3D and Youth categories are revealed.

  • 3D competition. Timekeeper. Photo and caption: Matjaž Tančič, Slovenia3D competition. Timekeeper. Photo and caption: Matjaž Tančič, Slovenia
  • Youth competition: Environment. Nature's fightback. Photo and caption: Xu Wei Shou, TaiwanYouth competition: Environment. Nature's fightback. Photo and caption: Xu Wei Shou, Taiwan
  • Youth competition: Portraits. Ariadna in Urquinaona. One day I came across an uninhabited building. Once inside, I imagined a girl I used to meet in the bus there, I made it true. Photo and caption: Berta Vicente, SpainYouth competition: Portraits. Ariadna in Urquinaona. One day I came across an uninhabited building. Once inside, I imagined a girl I used to meet in the bus there, I made it true. Photo and caption: Berta Vicente, Spain
  • Youth competition: Culture. New Year's eve traditions in Romania. Photo and caption: Alecsandra Dragoi, RomaniaYouth competition: Culture. New Year's eve traditions in Romania. Photo and caption: Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania
  • Enhanced. A girl stands firm in the storm. When confronting challenges, she will never give up. Photo and caption: Hoang Hiep Nguyen, VietnamEnhanced. A girl stands firm in the storm. When confronting challenges, she will never give up. Photo and caption: Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
  • People. The most precious moment of marriage, the hands holding the shoes promise honesty and eternal love. Photo and caption: Hisatomi Tadahiko, JapanPeople. The most precious moment of marriage, the hands holding the shoes promise honesty and eternal love. Photo and caption: Hisatomi Tadahiko, Japan
  • Travel. An image taken on a passenger jeepney at sunset during a holiday on Sibuyan Island, Philippines. Photo and caption: Manny Fajutag, PhilippinesTravel. An image taken on a passenger jeepney at sunset during a holiday on Sibuyan Island, Philippines. Photo and caption: Manny Fajutag, Philippines
  • Split Second. An explosion of milk! For human eye to capture this scene with this detail is impossible. But with a camera you have a whole new world to discover. Photo and caption: Matías Gálvez, ChileSplit Second. An explosion of milk! For human eye to capture this scene with this detail is impossible. But with a camera you have a whole new world to discover. Photo and caption: Matías Gálvez, Chile
  • Smile. The kids were so curious about my camera. They wanted to be the centre of it as they played in the jeepney and laughed. Photo and caption: Ming Hui Guan (Mac Kwan), ChinaSmile. The kids were so curious about my camera. They wanted to be the centre of it as they played in the jeepney and laughed. Photo and caption: Ming Hui Guan (Mac Kwan), China
  • Nature & Wildlif. Welcome to the world of the spider.Photo and caption: Krasimir Matarov, BulgariaNature & Wildlif. Welcome to the world of the spider.Photo and caption: Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria
  • Architecture. I took this photo in Rome, my hometown. It was taken with a monorail view camera (5x6 film) and manually developed. It took me many tries to get the perfect shadow and exposure; I had to go back to the location several times, always hoping it was sunny enough. Once I spent the whole day in front of that wall, just to check at which time of the day the shadow looked most geometrical, eventually choosing 2pm. Photo and caption: Martina Biccheri, ItalyArchitecture. I took this photo in Rome, my hometown. It was taken with a monorail view camera (5x6 film) and manually developed. It took me many tries to get the perfect shadow and exposure; I had to go back to the location several times, always hoping it was sunny enough. Once I spent the whole day in front of that wall, just to check at which time of the day the shadow looked most geometrical, eventually choosing 2pm. Photo and caption: Martina Biccheri, Italy
  • Low Light. The Milky Way over a mountain near Ush Konyr plateau in Kazakhstan. Photo and caption: Elmar Akhmetov, KazakhstanLow Light. The Milky Way over a mountain near Ush Konyr plateau in Kazakhstan. Photo and caption: Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan

Photographers from as far apart as Chile to Vietnam document a huge variety of subjects from the Mangystau night sky in Kazakhstan to the fire dragon dance in Southern China.

The Open category was judged on a single shot taken by an amateur photographer and the 10 winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year title.

Damien Demolder, Presiding Chair of Jury for the Open competition comments: “In so many ways there are heftier chunks of real life and soul in amateur images than there are in the professional categories – because amateurs do it for the love of taking pictures.”

The Youth competition was open to photographers aged 19 and under and the overall winners in these categories will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala ceremony on 25th April.

 

 

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