World Photography Awards: Open category winners revealed

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March 15, 2022

The World Photography Organization has announced the category winners and shortlist of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards open competition, for the best individual shots of 2021.

Over 170,000 images participated in this year’s open contestwith more than 100 shortlisted photographers in addition to the 10 winners in each category.

Each winner receives digital imaging equipment from Sony and will compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a Prize of $5,000 (USD).

the the big winner of the Open competition will be announced on April 12, 2022.

News of the Open category winners comes just three weeks after the Pro finalists were revealed at the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards.

This followed the announcement in January 2022 of the Sony World Photography Awards student and youth shortlists.

The works selected by the winners and shortlisted entries in the open competition will be exhibited as part of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House, London, from April 13 to May 2, 2022.

The 10 Open category winners (and shortlists) were as follows:


Architecture

Winner – Anthony Chan (Hong Kong)

'Old Meets New' by Anthony Chan, Winner, Open Competition, Architecture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

‘Old Meets New’ by Anthony Chan, Winner, Open Competition, Architecture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Anthony Chan’Old meets newis a black and white photograph that depicts the chaotic facade of a weathered industrial complex, juxtaposed with the elegant main entrance of a skyscraper. The image highlights a clash between past and present in Hong Kong by contrasting the coexistence of old and new developments.

Selected: Bryan Field (UK), Francesca Sciambarruto (Italy), Gerhard Hucke (Germany), Giulio Casti (Italy), Günter Kleber (Germany), Junming Chen (Mainland China), Khanh Le Viet (Vietnam), Klaudia Chwastek (Poland ), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Marcus Ek (Norway), Muhammad Najib Bin Abdul Rahman (Singapore), Ute-Christa Scherhag (Germany), Wonyoung Choi (Republic of Korea) and Zeynep Demirhan (Turkey).


Creative

Winner – Isabel Salmon (UK)

'Untitled' by Isabel Salmon won the Open, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

‘Untitled’ by Isabel Salmon won the Open, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

At Isabel Salmon Untitled’, the photographer documents her mother’s experiences with chronic vertigo and dizziness. In this portrait, Salmon explores the senses; tugging at her mother with her eyes closed in intense red light, her head tilted as if trying to find her balance.

Selected: Abbas Valadi (Islamic Republic of Iran), Caleb Nii Odartey Aryee (Ghana), Clair Robins (UK), Gemma Pepper (UK), Hanna Lisava (Germany), Jacek Orzeł (Poland), Pierre Portolano (France ), Ryan Rogers (United States) Sawamaru Pokiru (Japan), Shabnam Maleki (Islamic Republic of Iran), Valentina Cipriany, Venezuela Vanessa Fairfax-Woods and Henry Woide (United Kingdom).


Countryside

Winner – Vicente Ansola (Spain)

Vicente Ansola's Exodus, Winner, Open Competition, Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Vicente Ansola’s Exodus, Winner, Open Competition, Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Vicente Ansola The exodus is an evocative image of a field of wilted sunflowers parched by the beating sun in Castilla León. The photographer’s imagination was captured by the proud stature of the flowers, reminding him of Spain’s rural past, and the women who worked the arid fields of Castile.

Selected: Anargyros Dekavallas (Greece), Cigdem Ayyildiz (Turkey), Fernando Famiani (Italy), Hal Gage (United States), Julien Visse (France), Luis Manuel Vilariño Lopez (Spain), Manuel Schmidt (Germany), Marko From (Finland ), Martin Morávek (Czech Republic), Muzaffer Murat İlhan (Turkey), Olivier Vauguin (France), Peter Leyer (Hungary), Stuart Chape (Australia) and Tim Hodges (United Kingdom).


Way of life

Winner – Utsab Ahamed Akash (Bangladesh)

Utsab Ahamed Akash, Winner, Open Competition, Lifestyle, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Utsab Ahamed Akash, The Honey Collector, Winner, Open Competition, Lifestyle, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Utsab Ahamed Akash The honey collector, captured a honey collector from below as they inspected a honeycomb tray. A typical countryside scene in Bangladesh, honey collectors place honeycombs near mustard fields and collect honey in winter.

Selected: Catherine Falls (UK), Daniela Jaime Díaz (Colombia), Davide Agostini (Italy), Haikun Liang (Mainland China), Hend Wahdan (Egypt), Ivo Kiapes (Slovakia), Kantaya New (Singapore), Kishor Shrestha (Nepal ), Marina Lattanzi (Argentina), Osman Maasoglu (Turkey), Roni Süslü (Turkey) and Txema Lacunza Nasterra (Spain).


Movement

Winner – Raido Nurk (Estonia)

Raido Nurk's Surfing Festival, Winner, Open Competition, Movement, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Raido Nurk, Surfing Festival, Winner, Open Competition, Movement, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Raido Nurk The surf festival is a shot of a stormy surf day in The Hague, the Netherlands. The austere silhouettes of surfers stand out against the gray waves and the pouring rain.

Selected: Caroline Kearsley (UK), Chin Leong Teo (Singapore), Christine Abel (USA), Hiroki Nose (Japan), Isabela Eseverri (Venezuela), Izabela Lyson (Poland), Joachim Kiner (Germany), Oscar Seguel ( Chile), Samiran Chakraborty (Bangladesh), Shiloh Garcia (Mexico), Tomohiko Funai (Japan), Yiming Yang (Mainland China) and Zhenhuan Zhou (Mainland China).


Natural world and wildlife

Winner – Scott Wilson (UK)

Scott Wilson, Anger Management, Winner, Open Competition, Natural World and Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Scott Wilson, Anger Management, Winner, Open Competition, Natural World and Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Scott Wilson Anger management is a dramatic black and white photograph of a wild mustang stallion, tilting his head as he kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado, USA.

Selected: Albert Beukhof (Netherlands), Amish Chhagan (Zambia), Antonio Coelho (Portugal), Brice Tribollet (Switzerland), Dinorah Graue (Mexico), Ewa Jermakowicz (Poland), James Crombie (Ireland), Jessica Mohn (Germany), Liqiang Ma (Mainland China), Martyn Harris (UK), Memo Gómez (Colombia), Raquel Inés Correa Chiesa (Spain), Thomas Barry (Ireland) and Tiho Trichkov (USA).


Object

Winner – Leonardo Reyes-González (Mexico)

Segundo Uso by Leonardo Reyes-González, Winner, Open Competition, Object, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Segundo Uso II by Leonardo Reyes-González, Winner, Open Competition, Object, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Leonardo Reyes-González Segundo Uso (Second Use) II is a still life of abandoned objects. Assembled against a blue wall, a balanced broken hat rack and three-legged chair take on a new elegance.

Selected: Aleksandra Garbarczyk (Poland), Andre Boto (Portugal), Holger Bücker (Germany), Jonas Strandberg (Sweden), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Marina Tsaregorodtseva (UK), Martin Rawle (UK), Maryia Sapego (Belarus ), Masumi Shiohara (Japan) and Paolo Paccagnella (Italy).


Portrait

Winner – Simone Corallini (Italy)

The Endless Summer by Simone Corallini - Surf Trip, Winner, Open Competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

The Endless Summer by Simone Corallini – Surf Trip, Winner, Open Competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

At Simone Corallini’s Endless Summer – Surf Trip is a black and white portrait of 16-year-old surfer Simone Gentile. Corallini captured Simone fresh out of the sea, with beads of water running down her cheeks.

Selected: Davide Limonta (Italy), Elaine Klein (Israel), Francesco Fantini (Italy), Maria Gutu (Moldova), Matthew Brown (South Africa), Olga Urbanek (Poland), Owen Harvey (United Kingdom) Siavosh Ejlali (Islamic Republic of Iran), Simon Murphy (UK), Tom Barnes (UK) and Wagner Pena (Brazil).


Street

Winner – Etienne Souchon (France)

Havana Running Away by Etienne Souchon, Winner, Open Competition, Street Photography, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Havana Running Away by Etienne Souchon, Winner, Open Competition, Street Photography, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

by Etienne Souchon Havana on the run is a photograph showing a split-second moment as a child runs down a street in Havana, Cuba, turning to look behind a car blocking the road. The black and white format, the facades of crumbling buildings and the vintage car make the image look like a classic street scene

Selected: Assaf Sharon (Israel), Beatrice Collado Orive (Spain), Davide Bonaldo (Italy), Elias Sarquis (Argentina), Emre Çakmak (Turkey), Jonathan White (United Kingdom), Juan Cruz Olivieri (Argentina), Li Ting (Taiwan ), Ludovic Le Guyader (France), Miguel Angel Mínguez Corella (Spain), Nina TBerg (Germany), Seyed Ali (Islamic Republic of Iran) and Shun Wang (mainland China).


Travel

Winner – Nguyen Phuc Thanh (Vietnam)

The Bike with Flowers by Thanh Nguyen Phuc, Winner, Open Competition, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

The Bike with Flowers by Thanh Nguyen Phuc, Winner, Open Competition, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

At Nguyen Phuc Thanh bike with flowers is an image that depicts a traditional flower peddler riding a bicycle in Hanoi, Vietnam. The bike was photographed as it passes a wall full of floral decorations, giving the impression that they are overflowing from the cyclist’s baskets.

Selected: Alessandro Accordini (Italy), Ashok Gidwani (India), Claudia Magnani (Italy), Darshan Ganapathy (India), Eduard Gutescu (Romania), François Philippe (France), Hong Nguyen (Vietnam), Huu Binh Nguyen (Vietnam), Ioan Maga (Romania), Milad Nalbandiyan (Islamic Republic of Iran), Saravut Whanset (Thailand), Sujon Adikary (Bangladesh), Yang Shu (mainland China) and Yawar Abbas (Pakistan).


Winner announcements

the the winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards student, youth, open and professional competition will be announced on April 12, 2022.

The awards also recognize the world’s most influential artists working in this medium across the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography – Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is the 2022 recipient of this award.

Previous recipients of the “Outstanding Contribution” award include Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Candida Hofer, Nadav Kander, Gerhard Steidl and Graciela Iturbide.

For more details, see: World Photography Organization


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