The World Photography Organization has revealed the top ten images of the last year in Sony World Photography Awards 2021, as the open category winners are announced. From wildlife to street photography, from epic landscapes to quiet portraits - the shots show the sheer diversity of photography today.
Each winner receives imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the overall Open Photographer of the Year title and a US$5,000) reward. The overall Open winner will be announced on the 15 April. The full gallery of shortlisted images can be seen on the
World Photo Org website.
The ten category winners are:
F. Dilek Uyar (Turkey) for Disinfection, a cinematic image documenting an employee of the Health Affairs unit of Ankara Municipality in protective gear walking along the train platform while spraying it with disinfectant. (Image credit: F Dilek Uyar/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) NATURAL WORLD & WILDLIFE
Cristo Pihlamäe (Estonia) for Little Kiss, an amusing picture of a hare looking out into the field with its tongue sticking out. (Image credit: Cristo Pihlame/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) TRAVEL
Khanh Phan (Vietnam) for Drying Fish, a photograph of a lone woman surrounded by hundreds of trays of drying fish in the Long Hai fish market in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam. Taken from above the pattern, of the fish in trays resembles a large piece of fabric with the woman seemingly weaving it all together. (Image credit: Khanh Phan, Sony World Photography Awards 2021) LIFESTYLE
Mariano Belmar Torrecilla (Spain) for Dias de playa, a softly focused picture of two women enjoying a morning walk on the beach in Alicante, Spain. (Image credit: Mariano Belma / Sony World Photography Awards 2021) MOTION
Marijo Maduna (Croatia) for Girl Power, a black & white photograph recording the moment when a woman dives off a cliff on the island of Lokrum near Dubrovnik, Croatia, while her friends stand-by and watch. (Image credit: Marijo Maduna, Sony World Photography Awards 2021) ARCHITECTURE
Klaus Lenzen (Germany) for The Blue Window, depicting a ramp of stairs at the Hyatt hotel in Düsseldorf ascending towards a window from which a view of clear blue skies is reflected. Seemingly floating in space, the stairs and window are framed in dark shadows that highlight the design while also adding an element of surrealism. (Image credit: Klaus Lenzen/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) CREATIVE
Tamary Kudita (Zimbabwe) for African Victorian, a portrait of a young black woman dressed in Victorian dress and holding traditional Shona cooking utensils. The image probes at stereotypical contextualizing of the black female body and offers an alternative visual language through which a multifaceted African identity is presented. (Image credit: Tamary Kudita/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) OBJECT
Kata Zih (Hungary) for Memento, depicting a tailor’s mannequin in an empty room. For Zih, the stillness of the scene evokes a feeling of solitude and stirs up memories of lockdown.
(Image credit: ata Zih/ Sony World Photography Awards 2021) PORTRAITURE
Lyudmila Sabanina (Russian Federation) for Son, featuring a young child sitting on a table while gazing into space, lost in contemplation. The photograph shows another side to childhood, one of calmness and reflection. (Image credit: Lyudmila Sabanina/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) LANDSCAPE
Juan López Ruiz (Spain) for Electric Storm on Lavender, a dramatic photograph capturing the moment lighting strikes a flowering field of lavender with a solitary tree at its centre, set against a dusky evening sky. Taken in the province of Guadalajara, Spain (Image credit: Juan Lopez Ruiz/Sony World Photography Awards 2021) Read more: Best camera for street photography
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