This year’s Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, a collection of winning and shortlisted photos of the prestigious photo contest, will gather participants from 170 countries, from Chile to Vietnam.
The Sony World Photography Awards photo contest is one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind. Targeted at professional photographers but also at young talents, and supported by an international attendance of industry leaders, the contest was won by the following:
- Architecture: Filippo Di Rosa (Italy), San Francisco;
- Arts & Culture: Sanket Khuntale (India), Indifest;
- Enhanced: Victor Vargas Villafuerte (Mexico), Thanh;
- Low Light: Natalia Belentsova (Russian Federation), Symphony of Fire;
- Nature & Wildlife: Giovanni Frescura (Italy), Upupa;
- Panoramic: Denise Worden (United States), Carolina Morning;
- People: Ana Gregorič (Slovenia), In between;
- Smile: Piotr Stasiuk (Poland), Marriage;
- Split Second: Tobias Bräuning (Germany), Dancing Queen;
- Travel: Krzysztof Browko (Poland), Spring Time.
The overall open winner of the Sony World Photography Awards was Tobias Brauning from Germany, with his “Dancing Queen”. This shot, among others, is part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition curated by Michael Benson.
Fascinated by technology and willing to experiment, he has spent years capturing the unusual forms that drops of tinted water can create while in motion. According to the jury, the photo has been chosen due to its uniqueness even though it has not been touched by Photoshop.
L’Iris d’Or prize went to an American photographer for his “Storms” collection
The most important award, the prestigious L’Iris d’Or – along with the $25,000 prize – was won by the American photographer Mitch Dobrowner. His work is the one which stood out the most, so one could say that he duly-deserved the top spot.
Dobrowner was chosen by a panel of nine judges for his extraordinary series of images, Storms. They believe “he is the best of what is classic and what is contemporary in photography. He brings a sense of its history and enormous skill in his craft while pushing his imagination and even physical strength”.
Between April 26 and May 12, 2013, the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition celebrates and promotes all the winners from all the categories, being accommodated by the historical London landmark, Somerset House.