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British artist Alys Tomlinson named overall winner at 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

British artist Alys Tomlinson has been named as the overall winner at this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

In a ceremony held at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel, the artist won the top prize for her series Ex-Voto. The jury praised her series for "its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power."

Tomlinson was selected from ten category winners, walking away with a $25,000 prize on top of the Sony digital imaging equipment that was awarded to each of the ten winners.

(Image credit: Copyright: © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards)

Tomlinson said: “I am very surprised to have won, there is so much amazing photography in this competition. This is a huge boost both personally and professionally. It’s a project I invested so much in, so this recognition makes it all worth it.”   

Other category winners included music and portrait photographer Tom Oldham, who won the prize for Professional Portraiture with his series The Last of the Crooners, as well as UK-based Edgar Martins, who won the Professional Still Life category in addition to winning 2nd Place in the Professional Architecture category. The full list of winners is below.

  • Architecture: Gianmaria Gava, Italian with Buildings / 2nd Edgar Martins, Portuguese / 3rd Corentin Fohlen, French
  • Contemporary Issues: Fredrik Lerneryd, Swedish with Slum Ballet / 2nd Margaret Mitchell, British / 3rd Alfio Tommasini, Swiss
  • Creative: Florian Ruiz, French with The White Contamination / 2nd Patricia Kühfuss, German / 3rd Eduardo Castaldo, Italian
  • Current Affairs & News: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said, Malaysian with Life Inside the Refugee Camp / 2nd Luis Henry Agudelo Cano, Colombian / 3rd Rasmus Flindt Pedersen, Danish
  • Discovery: Alys Tomlinson, British with Ex-Voto / 2nd Antonio Gibotta, Italian / 3rd Maria Petrenko, Ukrainian
  • Landscape: Luca Locatelli, Italian with White Gold / 2nd Rohan Reilly, Irish / 3rd Tomasz Padlo, Polish
  • Natural World & Wildlife: Roselena Ramistella, Italian with Deep Land / 2nd Mitch Dobrowner, American / 3rd Wiebke Haas, German
  • Portraiture: Tom Oldham, British with The Last of The Crooners / 2nd Anush Babajanyan, Armenian / 3rd Andrew Quilty, Australian
  • Sport: Balazs Gardi, Hungarian with Buzkashi / 2nd Behnam Sahvi, Iranian/ 3rd Matteo Armellini, Italian
  • Still Life: Edgar Martins, Portuguese with Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes / 2nd place Tristan Spinski, American / 3rd Werner Anderson, Norwegian

Legendary German photographer Candida Höfer, meanwhile, was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography.

The prestigious competition, which is now in its 11th year, saw 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories. Next year's contest will open for entries on 1 June 2018. 

Winning images from the competition are now on display at Somerset House, London, in an exhibition that runs until 6 May 2018. Head to the official site for more information. 

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