First look: Open winners from Sony World Photo Awards 2019

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Tracey Lund, National Awards 1st Place, United Kingdom, Winner, Open competition, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Two British photographers, Tracey Lund and Richard Ansett have been named as category winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards’ Open competition.

The pair beat hundreds of thousands of entries worldwide, with their winning images being selected anonymously by an expert panel of judges.

Richard won in the Open Portraiture category for his portrait of Grayson Perry. Underwater Gannets​ was the shot that saw Tracey win in the Open Natural World & Wildlife category.

The two Open category winners will claim the latest Sony digital equipment and go on to compete against the eight other Open category winners, announced at a London awards ceremony on April 17.

Tracey Lund in the field 

Tracey Lund in the field 

Tracey Lund, Open Natural World & Wildlife and UK National Award winner

“I spend hours in the field and what some people don’t understand is that some feelings you get are priceless...it is a true blessing to be able to take the time to sit and watch wildlife let alone photograph it. Sometimes it’s more important to experience the moment rather than miss it taking photos. There is no better feeling than having those magical moments that will probably never be repeated but stay with you forever."

Tracey Lund, Open category winner

Tracey Lund’s image was also selected by a separate panel of judges as ​the best single image by a British photographer living in the UK entering any of the Awards’ ten Open competition categories to win the UK National Award​.

Hull-based telecoms engineer Tracey is a passionate wildlife photographer, and a trip to Africa in 2004 prompted her love for photography. Ever since, she has travelled the world with her camera.

Her winning photograph Underwater Gannets was shot on a trip to the Shetland Islands. “The biggest thing I wanted to do was photograph the Gannets as they feed underwater. The photography takes place at sea around some of the Shetland’s remotest headlands," she says.

"Dead bait is used using fish the Gannets would normally eat locally sourced around Shetland. To be able to capture what goes on under the water was an unbelievable experience and one I will never forget.”

Richard Ansett: "I have been working closely with Grayson Perry for 5 years developing conceptual campaigns for his social documentary films. This 'Birth' concept is designed and inspired by the inexhaustible mother and child motif brought up to date for the 21st century and all shot 'in camera' at a studio near his home. Baby Dylan was supplied by the client's press officer recently on maternity leave. We thought it would be a great early memory."

Richard Ansett: "I have been working closely with Grayson Perry for 5 years developing conceptual campaigns for his social documentary films. This 'Birth' concept is designed and inspired by the inexhaustible mother and child motif brought up to date for the 21st century and all shot 'in camera' at a studio near his home. Baby Dylan was supplied by the client's press officer recently on maternity leave. We thought it would be a great early memory."

The Sony World Photography Awards – when are the main winning images revealed?

The Sony World Photography Awards are a prestigious affair, and an important fixture on the global photographic calendar.

Now in their 12th year of partnership with headline sponsor Sony, there are four competitions in total: Professional, Open, Student and Youth.

All 62 National Award winners and the ten Open category winners have been announced, but the Professional and Student competition shortlists will be announced March 26.

The overall and Professional category Award winners will be announced April 17.

The winning works will be shown at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 18 - May 6, before going on a global tour to Japan, Germany, Italy and beyond. The work will also be published in the 2019 Awards’ book.

For more details visit www.worldphoto.org