World Photography Organisation Announces Winners in Sony World Photography Award 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
World Photography Organisation Announces Winners in Sony World Photography Award 2022

The World Photography Organisation has announced the overall winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

The World Photography Organisation has announced the overall winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

The acclaimed photographer Adam Ferguson (Australia) has won the Photographer of the Year title and accompanying $25,000 (USD) cash prize and a range of Sony digital imaging kit.

Also announced are the ten category winners alongside 2nd and 3rd place of the Professional competition as well as overall winners of the Open, Student and Youth competitions.

Winners are revealed in a celebratory announcement video featuring interviews and reactions from winning photographers, available to view via worldphoto.org/ceremony-2022 The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition opens at Somerset House, London from 13 April – 2 May 2022, featuring over 300 prints and hundreds of additional images in digital displays from winning and shortlisted photographers.

Also presented are works by this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography, the renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Migrantes is a series of black and white self-portraits of migrants in Mexico, taken as they waited to cross the border into the United States. Photographed in collaboration with the subjects, Ferguson setup the scene for each image, mounting a medium format camera on a tripod with a cable release and then stepped back, allowing the individuals to choose the moment of capture and participate in the process of documenting their lives. In February 2021, after a change of presidential administrations in the US, migrants from Central and South America surged on the US-Mexican border. Photographs of fraught migrants carrying their belongings, clinging to loved ones and caught in the flashes of photographers’ strobes were circulating in the media. While Ferguson noted the importance of this photojournalism, he noticed a distinct lack of photography from the Mexican side of the border, especially images that gave the migrants any measure of agency. With this in mind, Ferguson pitched the project to his editor at the New York Times and secured the commission to travel to Juarez and Reynosa for 11 days over April and May, 2021.
Commenting on his win Ferguson says: Through collaborating with migrants, this series of photographs was an attempt to make images that inspired empathy, rather than sympathy. By surrendering the control of capture and giving each migrant agency in the process of their representation, I hoped to subvert the narrative of marginalization and create a story that felt more human, relatable and honest. I’m grateful to the brave and resilient individuals who agreed to work with me, and receive this award on behalf of them also.

Winning the Photographer of the Year award gives this story another life. It allows a new audience to connect with the important stories of the individuals who shared their story with me.

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Winning photographers in the Professional competition have been selected by a panel of expert judges for submitting an outstanding body of work of five to ten images, ranging from stories of political and climate crises, to personal meditations on family and loss, and creative approaches to still life and nature photography. All category winners receive Sony’s digital imaging kit.
This year’s winners are: ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN WINNER: Domagoj Burilović (Croatia) for his series Dorf Finalists; 2nd place Javier Arcenillas (Spain); 3rd place Yun Chi Chen (Taiwan)

CREATIVE WINNER: Alnis Stakle (Latvia) for his series Mellow Apocalypse Finalists: 2nd place Raphael Neal (United Kingdom); 3rd place Sarah Grethe (Germany)

DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS WINNER: Jan Grarup (Denmark) for his series The Children of the Financial Collapse in Venezuela Finalists: 2nd place Fabian Ritter (Germany); 3rd place Win McNamee (United States)

ENVIRONMENT WINNER: Shunta Kimura (Japan) for his series Living in the Transition Finalists: 2nd place Gideon Mendel (South Africa); 3rd place Giacomo d’Orlando (Italy)

LANDSCAPE WINNER: Lorenzo Poli (Italy) for his series Life on Earth Finalists: 2nd place Andrius Repšys (Lithuania); 3rd place Gareth Iwan Jones (United Kingdom)

PORTFOLIO WINNER: Hugh Fox (United Kingdom) for his submission Portfolio Finalists: 2nd place Julian Anderson (United Kingdom); 3rd place Anna Neubauer (Austria)

PORTRAITURE WINNER: Adam Ferguson (Australia) for his series Migrantes Finalists: 2nd place George Tatakis (Greece); 3rd place Brent Stirton (South Africa) SPORT WINNER: Ricardo Teles (Brazil) for his series Kuarup Finalists: 2nd place Adam Petty (Australia); 3rd place Roman Vondrouš (Czech Republic)

STILL LIFE WINNER: Haruna Ogata (Japan) & Jean-Etienne Portail (France) for their series Constellation Finalists: 2nd place Cletus Nelson Nwadike (Sweden); 3rd place Alessandro Gandolfi (Italy)
WILDLIFE & NATURE: WINNER: Milan Radisics (Hungary) for his series The Fox’s Tale Finalists: 2nd place Federico Borella (Italy); 3rd place Oana Baković (Romania) To find out more about this year’s winning and finalist projects please visit our online winners galleries or download the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 book.

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR The Open competition celebrates the power of single images. Winning photographs are selected for their ability to communicate a remarkable visual narrative combined with technical excellence.

Chosen from ten Open category winners, Scott Wilson (United Kingdom) is Open Photographer of the Year 2022 and the recipient of the $5,000 (USD) cash prize, Sony’s digital imaging equipment and global exposure. Wilson won for his powerful photograph Anger Management entered in the Natural World & Wildlife category.

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Ezra Bohm (Netherlands) of the Nederlandse Acedemie voor Beeldcreatie has been awarded Student Photographer of the Year 2022, winning €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for his institution. Bohm was chosen for his series The Identity of Holland, created in response to the brief Connections which challenged students to present a story that highlights how they, or someone they have documented, interact with the world.

YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Selected from six category winners, Tri Nguyen (Vietnam, 18 years-old) has won Youth Photographer of the Year 2022 for his image Under The Moonlight. The photograph depicts a young man basking in artificial moonlight standing against a derelict background. The moonlight symbolises a spotlight shining on the young man, and his longing to accept his flaws. The photo is part of a series that investigates self-reflection and a yearning to break the mould and celebrate one’s imperfections. For his win Nguyen receives Sony’s digital imaging kit and global exposure. Commenting on his win Nguyen says: “As a budding and motivated artist, I am extremely excited and proud to have been chosen as the Youth Photographer of the Year 2022. I humbly accept this Award and will use this momentum to further my photography.”

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography has been awarded to the renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers, Burtynsky is best known for his sweeping images of industrial landscapes and the wider environmental crisis. In striking depictions of vast human-altered landscapes Burtynsky lays bare the awesome scale of infrastructure and destruction; presenting vistas of scarred mountain ranges, desiccated bodies of water, and sprawling urbanism distilled into painterly abstractions of colour and form. Over a dozen large-scale photographs are presented as part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition.

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2022 EXHIBITION

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition opens at Somerset House, London from 13 April – 2 May 2022. In addition to the work of this year’s overall and category winners the exhibition features solo presentations by the 2020 Photographer of the Year winner Pablo Albarenga (Uruguay), and 2021 winner Craig Easton (United Kingdom).

Albarenga presents a selection of images from his winning series Seeds of Resistance, a body of work which pairs photographs of landscapes and territories in danger from mining and agribusinesses with portraits of the activists fighting to conserve them. Easton exhibits a dozen black and white portraits from his series Bank Top, depicting residents of the tight knit neighbourhood of Bank Top in Blackburn. The project examines the representation and misrepresentation of communities in northern England, exploring the stories and experiences of local inhabitants through images and accompanying texts by project collaborator, writer and academic, Abdul Aziz Hafiz.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 virtual exhibition is available to view via: www.worldphoto.org/virtualexhibition2022

 

 

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