The World Photography Organisation has announced the winners for the Open, Youth and 3D categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. The 10 winners of the Open category (for single images by amateur photographers) were chosen from almost 55,000 submissions. The above photo is the winning image of the Architecture category taken by Martina Biccheri from Italy.
Damien Demolder, the presiding chair of jury for the Open competition and editor of Amateur Photographer magazine (U.K.), said: “Amateurs constantly amaze me, not only with their determination, their passion and their internal drive, but also with the astonishing quality they are capable of achieving. They can be extraordinarily creative, and more than capable of working…to turn a wonderful idea or moment into a beautiful photograph. 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. And the shortlist and winners for this year’s Open competition demonstrates that perfectly.”
Berta Vicente from Spain took the above image, which won the portraits category of the Youth competition. The Youth category is open to photographers 19 years old and under. The 3D competition was won by Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič (image below).
On April 25, the World Photography Organisation will announce the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year, the overall Youth Photographer of the Year, the professional category winners and the winner of L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year title. All of the winning images from all categories will be presented in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London.