2017 Sony World Photography Awards Winners Gallery
, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has announced the winners of its Open categories and National categories for 2017. This year’s contest attracted 227,596 entries from 183 countries. Check the winners gallery below. All captions below come from the photographers. Sony World Photography Awards
Tabular iceberg. In March 2016, I headed to the Antarctic Peninsula, as part of an expedition with explorer Robert Swan. On our way to the 66th parallel south, our boat was navigating in silence through 30 meter (100 feet) high tabular icebergs that were once part of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Those mesmerizing structures were displaying subzero icy corridors, forming a highly photogenic gargantuan maze. The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary. I took my camera, I had to show the world the impact that global warming has had. Equipped with a 70-200mm, I started to play with the magnificent landscape around me, trying to display the geometric magnificence of those structures. After envisioning the shot, I had to wait the right moment, and had only a few seconds to get it right.
© Josselin Cornou, France, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one.
© Jonatan Banista, Panama, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
EXIST. The year 2016. reminds me the time in which selfie culture determines our existence if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia
© Jelena Janković, Serbia, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Paradise is a Library. This photo was taken on February 28, 2016 in the Stuttgart Library, in Germany. I really like this Library because it’s like no other Library I’ve ever seen, “breaking the rules”. I actually find that this modern and ethereal look, helps one concentrate reading it’s book or studying.
© Luis Pina, Portugal, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.
© Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Portraits (Open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Submerged field. Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior Championship, as a guest team. Ana Maria and her team are constantly fighting, pushing their lungs to the limit and transforming their everyday lack of resources to an idea of opportunity. The volume of water suggests a calm while the surface gives constant chaos. It is in this scenario that the South American team is named youth world champion winners in Norway.
© Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Tai Chi. December 10, 2016. Wuhan city in Hubei Province, the Yangtze River, more than 1 thousand and 300 people practicing taijiquan.
© Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Gassing Up At Roy’s. Roy’s Cafe, gas station and motel in Amboy, California. Part of my series “Roadside America”. This photo was taken at the Historic Route 66.
© Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Halloween Protagonists. Halloween in NYC, one of the world’s most unique parades and the spookiest holiday in the fall.
© Constantinos Sofikitis, Greece, 1st Place, Open, Street Photography, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Wendy in Orocué. Wendy Daniela Rivas, looks through a window from her home at Orocué, Casanare, Colombia, on November 20, 2016.
© Juan Cristóbal Cobo, Colombia, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
The wanderer. Image taken on a foggy night in November 2016 in Tarvastu, Estonia.
© Hendrik Mändla, Estonia, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Hunting dolphins. A pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins exhibit their cooperative hunting behavior as they attempt to catch a juvenile fish that is hiding under the sand. By using echolocation, dolphins are able to find their prey, even when their prey is camouflaged and/or out of sight. This photo was taken in November 2016 during a field trip with the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas.
© Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Transportation. I took this photo in Abu Dhabi, at one of past September morning days, a painting on the wall grabbed my attention, due to it represents UAE past culture. It made me bring my son, dress him with the Local traditional outfit that he loves the most, and made him play around with his tiny car under; the paint, which reflects the great progress and innovation, that UAE witnessed in saving its own precious culture background.
© Mustafa Jindi, Emirati, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Light from above. The picture “Light from above” was taken in September 2016 in Santa Maddalena, Dolomiten, Italy. Beautiful light and humidity stood behind the nice play of light and shadows that morning. I was waiting as the small church was illuminated by the very first rays of Sun.
© Peter Svoboda, Slovakia, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Character. This image was captured off the coast of the island Chain of Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga. Every year humpback whales migrate thousands of kilometers from the cold oceans in the south to the warm breeding waters in the tropical islands on the South Pacific. This particular male calf was such a character and after seeing him most days over a week I finally captured an image that showed his nature and unique ‘personality’ as such.
© Matt Lance Draper, New Zealander, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Concrete Circle. Having just arrived in Berlin on a bright summer’s day, my wife and I decided to take a morning walk along the River Spree. We soon came across a large concrete building, and I was immediately struck by its geometry and scale. Across the river, I positioned myself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. I waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.
© Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Mother and child. Year 2016 represented a major change in my life, my wife got pregnant and our child was born. This particular photo represents my wife Alessandra as a new mother, we were doing a boudoir style photoshoot in our house in Sardinia, (she always supported me and encouraged me with my hobby as a photographer) when Santiago, my son, got hungry. I just got her a regular chair so she can feed him, and I realized that I couldn’t let this moment to get away unnoticed and decided to shoot this delicate ode to intimacy, bonding and maternal love.
© Oscar Carvajal Barrionuevo, Costa Rica, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Los Angeles 2016. Los Angeles Street Photography.
© Seung Jong Lee, Korea (Republic of), 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Mystic Island. I was waiting eagerly for the first cold winter morning after the snowy day. Finally the conditions were just as I wanted them to be. Still lake, beautiful pink/purple morning tones, snow on the trees and some fog for mystic atmosphere.
© Aleš Krivec, Slovenia, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Moonlight. Awaji Island at night.
© Wilson Lee, Hong Kong, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Peregrine has caught a Ruff. I was photographing in a photo hide on a marsh where a pair of Peregrines (Falco peregrinus) was nesting. The parent in the picture had just caught a prey bird, Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), and was taking the catch to the chicks in the nest.
© Markus Varesvuo, Finland, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
© Mohammad Alnaser, Saudi Arabia, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Garland. One day in a late Autumn I went for a walk to a beach in San Augustin, Maspalomas. Entering it I have noticed the interesting pattern of the beach created by the Atlantic Ocean. The view I have imagined from above was strong enough impulse to go and get my drone for an aerial shot. While flying above I have noticed waves ending on the beach in unusual shapes, reminding of a garland.
© Karolis Janulis, Lithuania, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Surprise! It was a really interesting picture to take, as this woman was eating her sandwich while I was trying to frame her in the gap of the model’s arm. It took a few seconds, just enough for her to spot me… and make this incredible expression! It looks like the model is holding its own head, and it’s just awesome the way it fits together.
© Pierre Pichot, France, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
White greenhouse. Agricultural worker.
© Leyla Emektar, Turkey, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Sleeping beauty. During a game drive in Lake Nakuru national park in September 2016 we noticed this lioness on a tree. With the reputation of tree climbing lions in Lake Nakuru we were not surprised to see this lioness on the tree. With the light levels depleting quickly due to adverse weather conditions I made this picture to show the environment of the subject.
© Deveni Nishantha Manjula, Sri Lanka, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
“In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor” – Richard Donner. Motion and emotion go hand in hand to me while I’m shooting on the streets, with every action I see a reaction and it engulfs me in a blanket of varied emotions, I spotted this and wanted to capture a in between shot, so it creates mystery around the moment.
© Prabha Jayesh, India, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
© Husain Hakin Alfraid, Saudi Arabia, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards