[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Sony World Photography Awards and Sony Canada have named Canadian photographer George Ching-Yuen Lo from Vancouver as the winner of the Canada National Award. Part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the Canada National Award winner was selected from the photographs taken by Canadian photographers and submitted to any of the ten Open categories of the competition. “When I heard that I won 1st place in the Canada National Award, it was a complete surprise for me as there are so many great photographers in Canada and in the world that participated in this competition,” said Ching-Yuen Lo. A dentist, Ching-Yuen Lo originally got into photography 25 years ago when he took a course to learn black-and-white photography to take photos for his clinical practice. He described how he made Fighting Bald Eagles, “I was on the top of a river cruise boat with my camera in hand when I shot this image 11 November 2014. It was a combination of location, weather, good lighting, trained skills and luck. I took the image by Harrison River, British Columbia, and there was a salmon fishery nearby. Every November, hundreds of salmons return and die in the shallow river sandbanks. A week before I took this image, the weather was raining heavily and flooded over 80% of the sandbank, washing away the dead salmon. As a result, the eagles were hungry, and suddenly they started fighting for food.”
Sandra Fiedler was named the 2nd place winner for Simple Beauty. She explained, “I am entranced by the beauty of ducks. They are so common we often just walk by, but if you stop and look, their feathers are incredibly beautiful. The sun when it hits them just right makes them shimmer. This image was taken at Reifel Bird Sanctuary on November 1, 2014. When possible I try to take bird shots from unusual perspectives. If you can get above a bird and look down on them it quite changes what you see.” The third place winner is Lise Simoneau. Simoneau was recognized for her image of a male and female polar bear.
George Ching-Yuen Lo won a Sony α7 Digital Imaging Kit with 28–70 mm lens camera. In addition, the winner and two runners-up will have their images exhibited in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London (April 24-May 10, 2015), and online at www.worldphoto.org. For more information on the Sony World Photography Awards, please visit the World Photography Organisation website.