First Winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Arts and Culture

The last time we checked in with the Sony World Photography Awards competition, they had shortlisted a few hundred photos. Just yesterday, they started to announce their first batch of winners which include all Open Competition category winners as well as the Youth Award winners. Today, we bring you these photos, the ones that have risen above the rest because they're able to capture the current trends and the poignant moments happening in our world today.

For the Open Competition, nearly 55,000 entries by amateur photographers were submitted. There were 10 diverse categories, subjects we're all familiar with, like Architecture and Arts and Culture, as well as ones we wouldn't quite expect, like Split Second and Smile.

"Amateurs constantly amaze me," says Damien Demolder, Presiding Chair of Jury for the Open Competition and Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, "not only with their determination, their passion and their internal drive, but also with the astonishing quality they are capable of achieving."

In the Youth Award, photographers aged 19 and under submitted their best shots. Here, the competition uncovered the next generation of photography talent. The young, talented and determined photographers who have both the talent and the courage to seize the moment and share their view with the world.

Now here are the Open Competition's ten category winners as well as the Youth Award winners. Professional category winners and the coveted L'Iris D'Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a grand ceremony in April.

Above photo credit: Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong/China, Winner, Arts and Culture, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Architecture

Martina Biccheri, Italy, Winner, Architecture, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Enhanced

Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam, Winner, Enhanced, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Low Light

Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Winner, Low Light, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Nature and Wildlife

Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria, Winner, Nature and Wildlife, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Panoramic

Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore, Winner, Panoramic, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

People

Hisatomi Tadahiko, Japan, Winner, People, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Smile

Ming Hui Guan (Mac Kwan), China, Winner, Smile, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Split Second

Matas Glvez, Chile, Winner, Split Second, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Travel

Manny Fajutag, Philippines, Winner, Travel, Open Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Youth Award Winner, Portraits

Berta Vicente, Spain, Winner, Portraits, Youth Award, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Youth Award Winner, Environment

???, Taiwan, Winner, Environment, Youth Award, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Youth Award Winner, Culture

Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi, Romania, Winner, Culture, Youth Award, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

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