2014 Sony World Photography Awards Winners [Big Picture]

The Sony World Photography Awards have announced the winners of their Open, Youth, and National Award competitions today. The winners were selected from over 70,000 entries submitted by photo enthusiasts and amateurs from across the world.

This week the World Photography Organization announced the lucky and extremely talented winners of 2014 Sony World Photography Awards for the Open, Youth and National prizes. The WPO looked though over 70,000 entries from across the globe to chose the most brilliant ones among photographers who are enthusiasts and amateurs, rather than professionals.

The Open competition saw winners selected in 10 categories, who now will compete for a $5,000 prize package and the Open Photographer of the Year title, announced 30 April, along with the Youth overall winner, and the Student and Professional winners.

The dazzling photographs cover ten topics: architecture, arts and culture, enhanced, low light, nature and wildlife, panoramic, people, smile, split second, travel. The awards featured entrants from a total of 38 different countries.

The Open, Youth and National Award competitions were judged based on a single image, with photographers winning prizes ranging from Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala on April 30.

The works of each of the 10 winners will be displayed in an exhibition at London’s Somerset House from May 1 to May 18. They will also received a Sony camera and see their pictures published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

Three young photographers were also recognized in the youth category, open to those under the age of 20. They also won a camera and will see their work exhibited in the book and at Somerset House.

“Photography is a language that transcends national borders and cultures, race, gender and social background. Its poetry touches the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in these awards,” said chairman of the jury Nigel Atheron, Group Editor of IPC Photo for the Open competition.

He continued: “No two of this year’s Open category winners are from the same country but all share the ability to visually interpret the world around them in a unique and captivating way. The winning and shortlisted images demonstrate this gift with aplomb.”

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