2016 Sony World Photography Awards: Open and Youth Winners Announced

by Photo Life
The Lantern Store / Swee Choo Oh, Winner, Arts and Culture / 2016 / Lantern Store in Hoi An Vietnam: I took this image during my visit to Hoi An, February 2015, an ancient town located in Viet Nam's central Quang Nam Province. While walking along a street in the early morning I was captivated by this wonderful lady starting her day, peacefully waiting for customers. She was perfectly framed by the store with beautiful morning light illuminating the lanterns, souvenirs and her wonderful character. The overall feel was of an old painting. / © Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia, Winner, Open Competition, Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

The Lantern Store / Swee Choo Oh, Winner, Arts and Culture / 2016 / Lantern Store in Hoi An Vietnam: I took this image during my visit to Hoi An, February 2015, an ancient town located in Viet Nam’s central Quang Nam Province. While walking along a street in the early morning I was captivated by this wonderful lady starting her day, peacefully waiting for customers. She was perfectly framed by the store with beautiful morning light illuminating the lanterns, souvenirs and her wonderful character. The overall feel was of an old painting.
  © Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia, Winner, Open Competition, Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

The Sony World Photography Awards, created by the World Photography Organisation, has announced the winners of the 2016 Open and Youth competitions. Out of these categories’ 103,005 entries, one winner was selected for each of the ten Open categories and three Youth categories. The Open competition is for photographers of all levels, and the Youth category is for photographers aged 12 to 19 years — and the youngest winner is just 12 years old!

The winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony, and the winning images will be presented in the Somerset House exhibition in London (April 22 through May 8, London) and published in the 2016 Awards book. The Open Photographer of the Year and Youth Photographer of the Year will be announced on April 21, along with the Professional Photographer of the Year.

OPEN COMPETITION WINNERS
•    Architecture – Filip Wolak, Poland
•    Arts & Culture – Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia
•    Enhanced – Pedro Díaz Molins, Spain
•    Low Light – Kei Nomiyama, Japan
•    Nature & Wildlife – Michaela Šmídová, Czech Republic
•    Panoramic – Markus van Hauten, Germany
•    People – Alexandre Meneghini, Brazil
•    Smile – Alex Ingle, Scotland
•    Split Second – Chaiyot Chanyam, Thailand
•    Travel – Andrej Tarfila, Slovenia

YOUTH COMPETITION WINNERS
•    Culture – Sepehr Jamshidi Fard, Iran (age 17)
•    Environment – Anais Stupka, Italy (age 12)
•    Portraits – Sam Delaware, United States (age 18)

The Chair of the Open competition, Jael Marschner, said, “Photography is a binary talent. It combines conceptual art with technical skill, and with technological advances ever progressing, is accessible to everyone. As chair of the Open competition, I had the pleasure of being involved in the selection of a vast range of pictures, and the privilege of spending days looking at beautiful photographs from all over the world. The variety of categories in the Open competition allows for an unrestricted scope of subjects, giving way to an array of photography styles and techniques, which made my job very enjoyable. The quality of photography was outstanding, and I had a harder time than I ever imagined picking my favourites. Judging such remarkable photographs against each other was a wonderful yet almost impossible task. Hopefully you will enjoy the winners’ work as much as I have.”

Mount Kazbek in frame, Georgia / Anais Stupka, Winner, Environment / 2016 / A view of Mount Kazbek in Georgia / My family and I went to Georgia, Kazbegi, on the last week of October for the half-term break. We were staying at a beautiful hotel, and I was just going to catch the elevator when I noticed this beautiful view from the window. I really wanted to take a photograph because in that frame you can see the positives and negatives of Mount Kazbek. For example you can see the amazing church on top of the mountain, but you can also see the poor town.
  © Anais Stupka, Italy, Winner, Youth Competition, Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

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