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Amazing Winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Announced

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“The Burden” © Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, Student Focus, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“My photographic series for this second brief are staged poetic photographs illustrating people bearing the burden of plastic wastes in the environnment. With these images, I want to show the actions we have to take regardless if pollution continues at this speed or not. Through commitment of my characters, I also want to evoke the hope of changes about the accumulation of plastic wastes in the environment. The vast winterly territories reveal the contrast between their magnitude and the small place humankind has. My creative process was guided by the three guidelines of AIR strategy: Avoid by the awareness of what should be done to counter this pollution, Intercept by the involvement of human in a realistic and durable solution and Redesign by the characters’ collaboration in the production of the staged photographs. These images were created in the Lower Saint-Lawrence region in Quebec, Canada, in February 2018. The characters represented in the photographs are friends, acquaintances and people from the recycling milieu who agreed to collaborate to this project. At each encounter, I explained the issues of the project and the impacts plastic wastes have on the environment.”

The World Photography Organisation has just announced the overall winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Now in its 11th edition, this year saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions made by talented photographers—of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels—from all over the world. Selected by an expert panel of judges, the winning photographs were chosen from 10 different categories, including Landscape, Architecture, Portraiture, and Contemporary Issues.

The grand prize of $25,000 and the prestigious title of Photographer of the Year was presented to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series Ex-Voto. Her black and white photos of Christian pilgrimage sites around the world were praised by the judges for their “beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power.” Delighted, Tomlinson revealed, “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.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Untitled” from the series “Ex-Voto” © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“A handwritten note neatly folded and hidden in the crevice of a rock, crosses etched onto stone, ribbon carefully wrapped around piles of twigs. These are all offerings of religious devotion, known as ‘Ex-Votos’ and found at Christian pilgrimage sites worldwide. Often placed anonymously and hidden from view, pilgrims leave ex-votos as expressions of hope and gratitude, creating a tangible narrative between faith, person and the landscape. Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland), the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind. Shot on 5×4, large format film, the images evoke a distinct stillness and reflect the mysterious, timeless quality present at these sites of great spiritual contemplation. People and landscape merge as place, memory and history entwine. NB all images untitled and taken in 2016/2017”

Selected as the best single image in the world, Veselin Atanasov was awarded $5,000 for his submission titled Early Autumn. An IT specialist by day, Atanasov is a self-taught photographer who began shooting in 2014. His winning photograph captures a blue and orange-hued, misty autumn day in the Central Balkan National Park.

Other winners include 16-year-old photographer Megan Johnson who won Youth Photographer of the Year. Her black and white image, titled Still, was shot on her iPhone, and captures the cliffs near her house in Connecticut. It evokes the intimate feeling of solitude the photographer faces in everyday life. The title of Student Photographer of the Year was awarded to 20-year-old Canadian photographer Samuel ​Bolduc for his series, The Burden. The winning photos beautifully illustrate the physical burden of plastic waste in the environment, and highlight the urgent need to stop plastic pollution. Bolduc represented College de Matane, Quebec and won €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for the institution.

All of the winners were flown to the London awards ceremony and received Sony digital imaging equipment, and publication in the winners book. Their work will be shown as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London.

Read on to discover this year’s winners and the stories behind their photos. If you think you have what it takes, the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries June 1, 2018.

The World Photography Organisation have just announced the overall winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Early autumn” © Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria, Open Photographer of the Year, Open, Landscape & Nature (2018 Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“The autumn has begun to decorate with its colors the woods of the Balkans. National Park – Central Balkan, Bulgaria.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Untitled” from the series “Ex-Voto” © Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“A handwritten note neatly folded and hidden in the crevice of a rock, crosses etched onto stone, ribbon carefully wrapped around piles of twigs. These are all offerings of religious devotion, known as ‘Ex-Votos’ and found at Christian pilgrimage sites worldwide. Often placed anonymously and hidden from view, pilgrims leave ex-votos as expressions of hope and gratitude, creating a tangible narrative between faith, person and the landscape. Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland), the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind. Shot on 5×4, large format film, the images evoke a distinct stillness and reflect the mysterious, timeless quality present at these sites of great spiritual contemplation. People and landscape merge as place, memory and history entwine.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Still” © Megan Johnson, United States of America, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, Your Environment (2018 Youth competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“This image was shot on October 22, 2017 on the cliffs right near my house. It was taken on an iPhone 7 for the following: life, to me, has more detail in black and white. This image represents my current state at home and school. Despite having a social group and a caring family, I often find myself alone, left to watch what goes on around me, all the while being caught up in the very center of it. This glimpse through the trees of the figure on the cliff represents the courage it takes to be one’s self in today’s society, and how even when you’re on the inside, you can be pushed out.”

Now in its 11th edition, this year saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions made by talented photographers from all over the world.

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Fragmentation” © Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photogragher of the Year, Student Focus, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“My photography is a poetic work. It puts in relation the beauty of our bodies of water and the devastation caused by man. Tearing the paper creates a direct link with the waves of the Saint-Laurent river. It can also be read as a sign which emphasises damages caused by man.
My work is constituted by three photographs. The images were printed with an ink jet printer on matt paper. Afterward, I tore and assembled them to create a 3D model. A photographic reproduction was made to create a shadow under each level of the model.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“The Burden” © Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, Student Focus, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“My photographic series for this second brief are staged poetic photographs illustrating people bearing the burden of plastic wastes in the environnement. With these images, I want to show the actions we have to take regardless if pollution continues at this speed or not. Through commitment of my characters, I also want to evoke the hope of changes about the accumulation of plastic wastes in the environnement. The vast winterly territories reveal the contrast between their magnitude and the small place humankind has. My creative process was guided by the three guidelines of AIR strategy: Avoid by the awareness of what should be done to counter this pollution, Intercept by the involvement of human in a realistic and durable solution and Redesign by the characters’ collaboration in the production of the staged photographs. These images were created in the Lower Saint-Lawrence region in Quebec, Canada, in February 2018. The characters represented in the photographs are friends, acquaintances and people from the recycling milieu who agreed to collaborate to this project. At each encounter, I explained the issues of the project and the impacts plastic wastes have on the environment.”

The winning photographs were chosen from 10 different categories, including Landscape, Architecture, Portraiture, and Contemporary Issues.

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Deep Land” © Roselena Ramistella, Italy, 1st Place, Professional, Natural World & Wildlife (2018 Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Deepland is a personal journey that started on May 2016. I traveled on the back of a mule the old Sicilian trails, starting at Nebrodi, passing through the Madonie, Peloritani and all the way to the Sicani Mountains. The mule track is a rural road similar to a trail, but also suitable for the circulation of pack animals. Prior to the development of the modern road network itself, it represented the link and trade route between the towns and the farmland.Until about fifty years ago, mules had a prominent role in Sicilian country life providing employment and assistance to the local farmers. Due to the economic crisis, many people are moving back to the countryside, especially the young, who have chosen to react to this difficult historical moment by working the land, planting local crops and breeding livestock, creating a new rural economy The project is divided into two parts, research of local communities still living in remote areas and the track of a new map, a document of what remains of the old mule tracks, the last update comes back to the 50’s.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Deep Land” © Roselena Ramistella, Italy, 1st Place, Professional, Natural World & Wildlife (2018 Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Luigi a young Sicilian. The economic crisis, high unemployment rate is re directing young Sicilians from small rural communities back to their lands and working in agriculture. Luigi helps his father cultivate small fields and take care of their farm animals. There isn’t a day in which he doesn’t dirty his hands to try to save some money to assist his young fiance’, a Romanian national that he met while working in the fields and can now pay for her trip back to Sicily and start a new life together.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“The white contamination” © Florian Ruiz, France, 1st Place, Professional, Creative (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
“In the snowy landscapes of the heights of Fukushima, I have captured the invisible pain of radiation. Inspired by the drawings of Japanese engravings, I hoped to capture the fleeting moments, the ever-shifting perceptions of nature, where radiation accumulates the most. The title is the measure of contamination of landscapes in becquerel (Bq), a unit that expresses atom disintegration and its mutation’s number per second. By a process of staggered super-impression, I intended to show the atom’s alteration in my pictures. The transparency effects, the broken perspectives give rise to a shape that is in motion, an impermanent world. Then, I created a vibration, a departure from the reality of the subject that reveals the presence of radiation in the image.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“The serpentine road of Torano’s ‘marble valley’” © Luca Locatelli, Italy, 1st Place, Professional, Landscape (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Canalgrande Quarries. The Canalgrande cooperative of quarry workers extracts marble from 1951. Today there are 44 quarrymen at the quarries, they are shareholders and sells the marble blocks to some brands specialised in manufacturing and a worldwide sales network. Here we can find 5 variety of marble: Calacata (the most prestigious), Venato, Nuvolato, Bardiglio e Bianco Ordinario, the average extracted in a year (4 quarries locations) is 65 thousand tons for a value over 10 million euro.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Slum Ballet” © Fredrik Lerneryd, Sweden, 1st Place, Professional, Contemporary Issues (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Every Wednesday at Spurgeons Academy, a school in the middle of the indecipherable maze of Kibera’s narrow streets and alleys, students take the chairs and benches out of a classroom and sweep the floor. The school uniforms are switched to bright-coloured clothes. When teacher Mike Wamaya enters the classroom, the students get into position and place one hand on the concrete wall as though it were a ballet bar. Classical music plays out of a small portable speaker, and the class begins. The Ballet class is part of Annos Africa and One Fine Days charity activities in slum areas around Kenya. In Nairobi they work together with two schools in Kibera and one school in Mathare, another slum closer to the city centre. The dance is a way for the children to express themselves and it strengthens their confidence in life, and a belief that they can become something great. Some of the children are now dancing several days a week in a studio called “Dance center Kenya” in a upper-class area of Nairobi and living in a boarding school, so thanks to their talent they have taken themselves away from the harsh conditions in the slum.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Helen” © Tom Oldham, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Professional, Portraiture (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“The Last of The Crooners is a portrait of what was. Long before Gilbert and George made art in the East End of London, in a corner of every pub at weekends you’d find pub singers crooning their way through a set of jazz standards, entertaining audiences all over Hackney and Bethnal Green. These sharply turned out ladies and gentlemen entertained the throngs – and kept them in the pub. The audience for this form of entertainment has obviously changed over the decades, with only one notable venue still continuing to honour this tradition, with the rigid commitment of consistently hosting guest singers, three times every single weekend for over forty years, The Palm Tree in Bow, E3. Rich in warmth and familiarity, The Palm Tree is world famous for maintaining its original East End atmosphere despite the impact of gentrification, land value, council pressures and independent pubs generally feeling the pressure of the shifts in habits of its clientele. It is a rich culture, though now sadly remains as a unique and lone stalwart. These really are The Last of The Crooners. After several years of asking. this family run pub has finally allowed me access to document the many great characters who still perform here, in a bid to capture this slice of time while it hopefully remains as it always has been – a beautiful and celebrated discovery, cherished by every visitor.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Buildings” © Gianmaria Gava, Italy, 1st Place, Professional, Architecture (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“The project Buildings is a research about the archetypical forms of architecture. When functional elements have been removed, the constructions appear as pure geometrical solid shapes. As such, they seem uninhabitable. Nevertheless, these buildings arise questions about the function and accessibility of architecture in both the public and private space.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Letter of departure” © Edgar Martins, Portugal, 1st Place, Professional, Still Life (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Siloquies and Soliloquies was produced at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF), in Portugal. A significant number of the images produced at the INMLCF depict forensic evidence, such as suicide notes, letters and other objects used in suicides and crimes as well as inherent in the work of the pathologist. The images here included represent a variety of suicide letters written by individuals who took their own lives. The work explores the tension between revelation and concealment questioning, amongst other things, the ethical implications of representing and divulging sensitive material of this nature. Edgar Martins’ decision to work in the National Institute of Legal Medicine stems from his interest in highlighting the historic and symbolic role of one of the places that, in the context of modernity, institutionalised – through scientific practice and judicial discourse – the representation, analysis and scrutiny of death and the dead body. In this sense, the incursion of a photographic artist into a place so charged with scientific character (medical, judicial, ideological) necessarily calls on epistemological, psychological and semantic questioning: e.g. what distinguishes a documental image of a corpse or a crime scene from an image that reproduces the staged creation of a mental image of a corpse or a crime scene? What effect do these differences have in the viewer’s imagination? How do the retrospective and prospective horizons appear in the face of these different types of image? The Suicide tool as Destinerranceproposes to scrutinise the tensions and contradictions inherent in the representation and imagination of death, in particular suicide, and, correlatively, the decisive but deeply paradoxical role that photography – with its epistemological, aesthetic and ethical implications – has played in its perception and intelligibility.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Life inside the camp” © Mohd Samsul Mohd Said , Malaysia, 1st Place, Professional, Current Affairs & News (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine state has taken a turn for the worse, where on Aug 25, more than 400 houses were burnt, and within this two weeks, nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees left Myanmar for Bangladesh International organizations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army. Now Over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since violence erupted in the Rakhine state. This pictures show their life inside the Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Untitled” from the series “Buzkashi” © Balazs Gardi, Hungary, 1st Place, Professional, Sport (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Horsemen fight for a headless calf carcass during a buzkashi match on the day of Nawroz, or Persian New Year, in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan on March 21, 2017.”

 Sony World Photography Awards Winners 2018

“Untitled” from the series “Buzkashi” © Balazs Gardi, Hungary, 1st Place, Professional, Sport (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
“Spectators watch a buzkashi match in Dawlatabad, Afghanistan on March 16, 2017.”

 

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