American photographer Mitch Dobrowner has won the L’Iris d’Or title at last night’s Sony World Photography Awards 2012 ceremony.
The ceremony’s top award gives Dobrowner the title of 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year as well as $25,000 cash and a slew of Sony camera gear.
Dobrowner was presented with the award during the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 gala at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane for his series of images, Storms.
You can read an exclusive interview with Dobrowner in Issue 126 of Digital Camera magazine, which is on newsstands from 25 May.
Dobrowner said of his images: “In landscape photography, there is one moment that will never be the same again. I want my images to do the speaking. That’s what photography is all about.”
Dobrowner was chosen as the winner of the L’Iris d’Or by a panel of nine judges. In addition to a $25,000 cash prize and Sony’s latest digital imaging camera equipment, he is awarded the accolade of joining previous L’Iris d’Or winners Alejandro Chaskielberg, Tommaso Ausili, David Zimmerman and Vanessa Winship as a member of the World Photographic Academy.
WM Hunt, Chairman of the 2012 Honorary Judging Committee and MC of the 2012 Awards ceremony, said, ‘There is enormous pleasure in the jury’s selection of Mitch Dobrowner because he is the best of what is classic and what is contemporary in photography.
“He brings a sense of its history and enormous skill in his craft while pushing his imagination and, even, physical strength. The work offers a visceral rush while being wonderfully well made. I think he is an exceptional choice.’
Note to readers: stay tuned for an exclusive interview with WM Hunt about what makes a good image and how to win a competition like the Sony World Photography Awards, appearing on Digital Camera World very soon.
The Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title went to Tobias Bräuning for his image Dancing Queen, in the split second category, a new category this year. Inspiration for his image came from pictures of simple water drops on a German DSLR internet forum.
The 29 year old software engineer from Germany was awarded a $5,000 cash prize as well as Sony’s latest digital imaging camera equipment.
Among the other winners are Peter Franck from Germany who triumphed in the Commercial campaign and fashion categories, and the UK’s Simon Norfolk, winner of the Photojournalism & Documentary People category, who is the author of books such as Bleed – based on the aftermath of war in Bosnia.
The winning images and more will be on display at The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, which forms part of the World Photo London festival currently taking place at Somerset House.
This is the second year in which the awards have been held in London having previously been held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
Over 112,000 images were entered into the 2012 competition from 171 countries – the largest number of entries to date.