The World Photography Organisation on Friday announced the winners of the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2023 at a ceremony held in London, which was hosted by broadcaster and art historian Kate Bryan.
At the ceremony, the coveted ‘Photographer of the Year’ title was awarded to acclaimed photographer Edgar Martins from Portugal for his series, Our War. The series of photographs pays homage to Martins’ friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who was killed during the Libyan Civil War in 2011. He received a $25,000 cash prize and a range of Sony digital imaging equipment.
As per the press release, he also received a solo presentation of his work as part of next year’s Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. “This opportunity allows photographers to further develop their winning project or exhibit a brand new body of work, gaining them additional exposure for their practice,” it stated.
“It is a huge honour to be recognised and although I am philosophical about awards and the subjective nature of someone’s choice, knowing that there were over 180,000 entries to this year’s Professional competition, is very humbling. In this case, it is also quite an emotional experience because I get to honour my friend on a world stage and bring attention to the family’s plight to find his remains. There’s no award that has the reach of the Sony World Photography Awards,” Martins said on his victory.
Martins was selected as the best photographer from the 10 category winners of the professional competition who were announced alongside those in 2nd and 3rd place in each category. The overall winners of the Awards’ Open, Youth, and Student competitions were also announced, the press release said.
Alessandro Cinque from Italy was announced as the first-time winner of the Sustainability Prize – an award which recognises the stories, people and organisations whose actions highlight one of the United Nations’ environmental Sustainable Development Goals.
Other winners across different categories are:
Architecture and Design: Fan Li (China Mainland) for his series Cement Factory
Creative: Lee-Ann Olwage (South Africa) for her series The Right to Play
Documentary Projects: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham (United Kingdom) for his series The Women’s Peace Movement in Congo
Environment: Marisol Mendez (Bolivia) & Federico Kaplan (Argentina) for their series Miruku
Landscape: Kacper Kowalski (Poland) for his series Event Horizon
Portfolio: James Deavin (United Kingdom) for his submission Portfolio
Portraiture: Edgar Martins (Portugal) for his series Our War
Sport: Al Bello (United States) for his series Female Pro Baseball Player Succeeds in All-Male Pro League
Still life: Kechun Zhang (China Mainland) for his series The Sky Garden
Wildlife and nature: Corey Arnold (United States) for his series Cities Gone Wild
The open competition, which celebrates the power of a single image, recognised Dinorah Graue Obscura from Mexico as the Open Photographer of the Year 2023. Additionally, Long Jing and Hai Wang from China were awarded the titles of ‘Student Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Youth Photographer of the Year’, respectively.
Finally, celebrated photographer Rinko Kawauchi, who is touted as one of the most important Japanese photographers working today, was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Photography’ honour.
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