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.