Sony 2014 World Photo Awards Competition Winners Announced

Sony 2014 World Photo Awards Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Sony World Photo Open Competition have just been announced. All the Open competition winners are amateur photographers. If there was ever a time or place to question what makes someone a "professional" photographer or an "amateur", and the blurring of these distinctions within photography today, this is it.

Sony’s annual competition, open to photography enthusiasts around the world and in particular amateur photographers of any experience level, has an interesting and diverse range of images.

Whether it’s the beautiful abstract golden mean inspired architectural image by Holger Schmidke of a stairwell in a German office building, or the fantastical post production enhancements of Kylli Sparre, there is something across the different categories most of us can enjoy. I personally love the image by Arup Ghosh, entitled “Poor god”. The color balance, lighting and juxtaposition between the young girl beggar and the fact she is made up to look like Shiva, a Hindu deity, begging between carriages on a passenger train in India.

Here are the other competition winners within their respective categories. Which of these do you think is likely to go forward to win the coveted Sony World Photo Open Photographer of the Year title? The winner will be announced next month, on April 30th.

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_10 The Architecture category was won by Holger Schmidtke from Germany, with this image, Under the Staircase, taken in a Cologne office.

 

 

The Panoramic category winner was Ivan Pedretti, from Italy, who stitched two rows of 12 horizontal long exposure shots, depicting the Miky Way arch in southern Sardinia, to create Starry Lighthouse. The Panoramic category winner was Ivan Pedretti, from Italy, who stitched two rows of 12 horizontal long exposure shots, depicting the Miky Way arch in southern Sardinia, to create Starry Lighthouse.

 

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_4 Valerie Prudon from Australia, won the Arts and Culture category, with Rodeo, shot in Branxton, Australia.

 

Arup Ghosh, from India, won in the People category, with Poor God, an image taken during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja, showing a child dressed as the Hindu god Shiva. Arup Ghosh, from India, won in the People category, with Poor God, an image taken during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja, showing a child dressed as the Hindu god Shiva.

 

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_6 © Gert van den Bosch, Netherlands, Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

 

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_7 This photo of tourists in Phoenix City, Rain in an Ancient Town, by Chen Li from China, won the Travel category.

 

 

The Smile category winner was Alpay Erdem from Turkey, with Muddy Smile The Smile category winner was Alpay Erdem from Turkey, with Muddy Smile

 

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_3 Hairul Azizi Harun, from Malaysia, won in the Split Second category, with this image captured in Pahang, called Photographer Story - Behind the Scene.

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_11 The Low Light category was won by Vlad Eftenie, from Romania, with this photo, First Snow, taken at a tram station in Bucharest.

 

ftoppers_sonyworldphoto_davidgeffin_12 Kylli Sparre of Estonia, won in the the Enhanced category, with Rescue Operation.

 

Via [World Photography Organization] and [Creative Review]

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3 Comments

third from botton, split second category is the best! :)

with the new SONY a7r, i am taking everything that SONY is doing... seriously...

I think the travel photo belongs in the enhanced category