March 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Winners Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

by twistedsifter


The winners for the Open, Youth and National Award competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today by the World Photography Organisation (WPO).

Selected from over 70,000 entries from across the world, all three competitions were judged on a single shot and prizes ranged from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April 2014. The ten Open winners will also compete for a $5,000 (USD) prize and the Overall Open Photographer of the Year title.

139,554 images were entered in total to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards: 69,114 Professional entries (winners yet to be announced); 65,512 Open entries and 4,928 Youth entries images. Entries to the National Awards were selected from the Open competition.

Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 April 2014. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 (USD) and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD).

A full list of the winners of the National Awards programme can be seen at:
Tickets for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London are now on sale at:



1. Jump of Life
Cheung Lai San, Hong Kong
Hong Kong National Award – 1st Place


© Cheung Lai San, Hong Kong, 1st place, Hong Kong National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself in Kenya savanna. It’s wildlife’s most dramatic moment! I am so excited to be able to capture this in my camera.


2. Rain in an ancient town
Chen Li, China
Open Travel – Winner


© Chen Li, China, Winner, Open Travel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


My photo “Rain in Ancient Town” was shot in southern China- phoenix Town, which shows the scene of people traveling in the rain during the rainy season. Tripod was used for this picture and I used slow shutter on purpose to combine the static and dynamic status of tourists. On the background there are old residential buildings and an old stone bridge, this combination enabled a more spiritual atmosphere for the photo.


3. Poor god
Arup Ghosh, India
Open People – Winner


© Arup Ghosh, India, Winner, Open People, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


“I was on a Durga Puja Festival vacation, travelling on a local train. A boy was singing devotional song and begging for alms. He was guised as a Hindu God, Lord Shiva. This is a common view in Indian Trains. But this boy was charming, bright and did have a melodious voice. He could not earn any money from the compartment and was sad. He was singing alone, standing by the door. Our destination was arriving and we approached the door. My camera was ready hanging on my neck, with the 20mm wide lens attached. I took 3 shots of the boy and got off the train. Before leaving, my daughter gave him an apple and I gave him some money. The boy moved to the next compartment happily. These children are from very poor family. Their parents work as contract workers on a very poor daily wage. They work all day long in the fields. The children sing and beg for money to earn bread for the family, when their parents cannot manage a contract. Yet they are cheerful, happy and friendly.”


4. What are you staring at !?
Chin Boon Leng, Singapore
Singapore National Award – 1st Place


© Chin Boon Leng, Singapore, 1st place, Singapore National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace


5. Under the staircase
Holger Schmidtke, Germany
Open Architecture – Winner


© Holger Schmidtke, Germany, Winner, Open Architecture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


I’ve seen similar images of staircases and so I try to do it my way. In a Office-Building in Cologne I went down to the Zero-Ground of the staircase. I spread my tripod to get a near bottom position and fixed it in the middle of this motif. With the wide-angle 10 – 24mm lens I took some Raw-Photos. The image ” under the Staircase ” is one of them developed with LightRoom.


6. Photographer story – Behind the Scene
Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia
Open Split Second – Winner


© Hairul Azisi Harun, Malaysia, Winner, Open Split Second, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Being a photographer is not easy, people may not know the many challenges that photographers had to face to attain the perfect image. Sometimes the story behind the image is much more interesting than what is seen in the picture. It our job as a photographer to convey the story and breathe life to that image. Captured in a village in Kuantan, Pahang. Malaysia. The image was captured in high shutter speed and using available light only. This photo narrates the pains and gains of being a photographer, the heritage of an old house, forgotten traditional games and the old generations meeting the new which complimented each other very well.


7. A touch of a 17th century Dutch painting
Theo de Witte, the Netherlands
Netherlands National Award – 1st Place


© Theo de Witte, Netherlands, 1st place, Netherlands National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Unfortunately you don’t have the winters anymore you used to have in the 17th century. In the beginning of 2013 I was lucky with a short time of winter. I had the idea to take a picture of an old Dutch landscape and was looking for a perfect location: which I found in Dwarsgracht, a small authentic village. Looking for the perfect light I’d been waiting for hours for the golden glow. I decided to find a high position, which I found in a tree for which I had to borrow a ladder from the locals to climb the tree. So I had a good view on the ice when the last skaters past by, they made the picture complete.


8. Starry lighthouse
Ivan Pedretti, Italy
Open Panoramic – Winner


© Ivan Pedretti, Italy, Winner, Open Panoramic, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


“It’s a stitched panorama of 12 horizontal shots, 2 rows, each shot is a long exposure with tripod at 30 seconds shutter speed, f2.8 aperture and iso 3200 on canon 50D and tokina 11-16 2.8. I was about 4 am in the night of April 2013 for capturing the milky way arch form south to north in the lighthouse in Capo Spartivento, south Sardinia. The main difficulty was the right to overlap the shots, also another problem was the bright rays of the lighthouse, I was about 20m away, and I had to cover the lens at the time of the passage of the beam to avoid excessive overexposure, so I timed rotation times of the light beam consists of four rays and this process was repeated at least 6 times within 30 seconds of exposure and for 12 shots. I was fascinated by the landscape I saw in south coast of my island, the lighthouse made everything special.”


9. Fire Dragon
Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong
Hong Kong National Award – 2nd Place


© Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards/Panos


It is the festival in Macau


10. Hummingbird
Kristhian Castro, Colombia
Colombia National Award – 2nd Place


© Kristhian Castro, Colombia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Rufous Tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) flying.


11. Samsara
Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany
Germany National Award – 3rd Place


© Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


All scenes were taken in early 2013. This year i had the pleasure to join the pilgrims and devotees of the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years. Furthermore I travelled different parts of Indonesia and South-India to complete my buffalo race-catalogue. An impressive trip to the Javanese miners of Kawah Ijen and other familiar insights was another highlight.


12. Exit
Michael Nordqvist, Sweden
Nordics National Award – 1st Place


© Michael Nordqvist, Sweden, 1st Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


The picture is a self portrait taken half a second after exiting the aircraft. I held the camera in my hand pointing it to the helmet to catch the sky and aircraft in the mirror of the visor. The jump was performed over Skydive Skåne DropZone in southern Sweden.


13. Not Superman
Irwansyah, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 1st Place


© Irwansyah, Indonesia, 1st place, Indonesia National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Pacu Jawi or a cow race can be called in Indonesian is a traditional game that is contested attraction in Tanah Datar district, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Every year, a cow race was held in rotation for four weeks in four districts in Tanah Datar district, namely Pariangan districts, districts propagation, The Five districts, and districts Tarab River.


14. Panco
Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 2nd Place


© Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards




15. Tin Oven Builders
Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
Vietnam National Award – 3rd Place


© Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


This is an image tile oven builders in Vinh Long city


16. Rodeo
Valerie Prudon, France
Open Arts & Culture – Winner


© Valerie Prudon, France , Winner, Open Arts & Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


This photo was taken in Branxton, Australia in October 2013. After shooting some of the rodeo itself, I decided to go behind the scene to capture the typical environment of this kind of event. This is when I noticed this group of cowboys having a chat and relaxing. Their specific outfits, their boots, their hats and the horses in the background with the sunset made this photo authentic. This was THE moment and I am glad I took a few seconds to immortalize it.


17. The Mongol
Simon Morris, United Kingdom
United Kingdom National Award – 2nd Place


© Simon Morris, United Kingdom, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


A hunter rests in his little house on the plains ..western Mongolia with his Eagle which is hooded and cat under the table!


18. The Calm Before the Storm
Sean Batten, United Kingdom
United Kingdom National Award – 1st Place


© Sean Batten, United Kingdom, 1st Place National Award, Sony World Photography Awards


A photo of one of the hallways at Canary Wharf tube station in London.


19. Untitled
Elly Prestegard, Norway
Nordics National Award – 2nd Place


© Elly Prestegard, 2nd Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


My images are built up from different photos, layer by layer. I break down the motive, build up a new layer by repeating details. This process is repeated, over and over again through the process. Many of the images has been printed 150 x 150 cm, and are part of the art collection of KLP in Norway. I am fascinated by the rhythm in everything existing. By repeating fragments, it is like looking into a kaleidoscope where new connections create patterns, following the same rules as nature. The two seed pictures are built on the same fascination of nature, but are photos taken directly into the pot of seeds, and then reworked digitally, but not broken down in details as the others.


20. Untitled
Bobby Bong, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 3rd Place


© Bobby Bong, Indonesia, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards



21. The inhabitant of Szack of Ukraine and her horse
Mateusz Baj, Poland
Poland National Award – 1st Place


© Mateusz Baj, Poland , 1st place, Poland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


The photograph shows Tatiana-the inhabitant of Shatsk in Ukraine- with her horse. In Ukrainian villages, horses remain an indispensable work force in farm life.


22. Sahara Express
Rafael Gutiérrez Garitano, Spain
Spain National Award – 1st Place


© Rafael Gutiérrez Garitano, Spain, 1st place, Spain National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Young Mohammed Salam –in the foreground- travels regularly on iron ore hoppers through the Mauritanian Sahara, from the open-pit hematite mine centre of Zouérat, to the commercial port of Nouadhibou. The journey is precarious and exhausting, but free transportation of goods provide him and his colleagues with a way to make a living. The so called “Sahara Express” was completed in 1963, three years after Mauritania’s independence as a french colony, and it is considered one of the longest trains in the world. Exceeding 2.5 km long, it runs daily almost 700 Km from the deep desert to the Atlantic coast and it takes about 17 hours. The 7.5 million tonnes of iron ore it transports every year in more than 200 freight cars, account for almost 50% of total exports, so it is vital for the Mauritanian economy, which has one of the lowest GDP rates of Africa.


23. Organillero
Cristian Alvarado, Chile
Chile National Award – 1st Place


© Cristian Alvarado, Chile, 1st place, Chile National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Street musician walks away, is one of the few remaining traditions


24. Ripples in the calm lake
Dowon Choi, South Korea
South Korea National Award – 1st Place


© Dowon Choi, Korea, 1st place, Korea National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


There was no borderline between sky and lake by a thick veil of haze at dawn on that day. And the waves ruffled on the silence lake


25. Going Home
Neville Jones, Australia
Australia National Award – 1st Place


© Neville Jones, Australia, 1st Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


On the Li River near Xingping in China, Cormorant fishermen work the waterways before dawn amidst the spectacular limestone towers of the Karst landscape. The birds are trained to fetch fish from the inky depths but not swallow them. The fisherman accepts the fish from the birds who dive back for more. Here, still before dawn, the fisherman and his birds head for home.


26. Mourning ceremony Imam Hussein
Bohran Mardani, Iran
Youth Culture – Winner


© Bohran Mardani, Iran, Winner, Youth Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Every year Shiites in the city of Bijar, Iran, hold Imam Hussein mourning ceremonies. Today, this ceremony has become a tourist attraction and people from all over the world come to see the event. This type ceremony can vary greatly in various Shiite cities, but in Bijar it is held on the streets.


27. Untitled
Andrew Cornaga, New Zealand
New Zealand National Award – 2nd Place


© Andrew Cornaga, New Zealand, 2nd Place New Zealand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Joseph Parker knocks out Francois Botha. Hydr8 Zero Explosion Boxing event by Duco Promotions. Trusts Stadium. Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 13 June 2013.


28. Confesiones
Luis Chandi Páez, Ecuador
Ecuador National Award – 1st Place


© Luis Chandi Páez, Ecuador, 1st place, Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


A flash of divinity expressed in a beam of light in response to the prayer of the man! Picture taken inside the Church of the Convent of San Agustín de Quito in an excellent morning of March equinox, a wonderful show in a temple as part of the historic center of Quito declared “First Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO on 18 September 1978.


29. Facing the Deep
Patrick Ems, Switzerland
Switzerland National Award – 1st Place


© Patrick Ems, Switzerland, 1st place, Switzerland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards



30. Morning Fishing
Trinh Xuan Hai, Vietnam
Vietnam National Award – 1st Place


© Trinh Xuan Hai, Vietnam, 1st place, Vietnam National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


The image was taken in the morning at the Haitien Beach in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam. The fisherman was fishing to earn for living in while the thunderstorm was coming.


31. Lightning
Lise Sundberg
Nordics National Award – 3rd Place


© Lise Sundberg, 3rd place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


This photo I captured after an hour of patience. Suddenly the sky turned white and this image appeared on my camera-screen.


32. Lightsnake
Holger Schmidtke, Germany
Germany National Award – 1st Place


© Holger Schmidtke, Germany, 1st place, Germany National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


This ArtWork on a hill is one of a few not temporary landmarks in the industrial Ruhr-Region of Germany, located in Duisburg. Some photos were taken on a clear summer late evening in the “blue hour” in front of this installation from public area. This image is the result of 5 single Raw-photos produced at least with NIK HDR Efex pro to one HDR-Image and finished with Adobe Lightroom.


33. Life and line
Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh
Youth Environment – Winner


© Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh, Winner, Youth Environment, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


This photo was taken at Kawranbazar Slum, Dhaka; where people live along with two rail tracks on both of the sides and when there is no train, this rail tracks become their common space. I realized that this place has a lot of visual potential. One day, while returning home after a day long shoot (not having so interesting photos) suddenly I saw, one little girl is feeding a kid standing just right in the middle of the two tracks. At that moment the rail tracks were telling me that this should be my frame and I clicked. This photo fulfilled my thirst for that day.


34. First Snow
Vlad Eftenie, Romania
Open Low Light – Winner


© Vlad Eftenie, Romania, Winner, Open Low Light, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


Bucharest, Turda Blvd., 41 tram station. As the weather got worse in the evening, I hesitated to use the camera before. Before i spotted one interesting situation, with pedestrians walking against car lights, on a zebra. I moved on without taking the photo. Between two tram stations, sleet turned into snow. I went down to the first station and I told myself that I had to take a picture of the situation. Things where changing before me. The flakes had become chaotic as sharp cold wind became annoying. Cars where barely advancing, the light was difficult, the woman with umbrella was standing there petrified. I pulled out the camera and took the picture, handheld, marking the first snow of the year.


35. Fire Breath
David Carchi, Ecuador
Ecuador National Award – 3rd Place


© David Carchi, Ecuador, 3rd Place Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards



36. Untitled
Minwei Yan, China
China National Award – 3rd Place


© Minwei Yan, China, 3rd Place China National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards



37. Children Day
Suthas Rungsirisilp, Thailand
Thailand National Award – 1st Place


© Suthas Rungsirisilp, Thailand, 1st place, Thailand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


I take it on 12 January 2013, at Dusit Zoo, Bangkok. The area is the fountain of the zoo but on The Nation Children Day of Thailand. They allow children to play in the fountain and they enjoy very much. I visit there and captured the joyful life with my Sony NEX 7 and 16 mm OSS.


38. Untitled
Paulina Metzscher, Germany
Youth Portraits – Winner


© Paulina Metzscher, Germany, Winner, Youth Portraits, Sony World Photography Awards


“The photograph was taken during my journey to China in November 2013 with my best friend. During my time in China, I really got into street photography and eventually fell in love with it. The photograph was taken while we were on a night train. We stayed there for 24 hours, so I was in a confined space for a quite limited amount of time. I got up early in the morning to get out and to capture the atmosphere you could find amongst the travelers. And then I found that girl who attracted my attention from the very first moment I saw her. Somehow, she perfectly conveyed a sense of the atmosphere that was present amongst the many travelers on the train. Most of them were waiting eagerly to reach their individual destinations, many of them looking out of the window and watching the world pass by as the train sped through the country. They were completely captivated by the landscape flying by. To me, the little girl stood out from all the other passengers on the train, as in the heat and speed of the moment, she took a minute to herself, completely unaware of everything that was going on around her. She just seemed to be in her own little world, and somehow seemed to have escaped the confined space of the train, even if merely in her thoughts.”


39. Smiles in the Cemetery
Milko Torres Ramirez, Peru
Peru National Award – 1st Place


© Milko Torres Ramirez, Peru, 1st place, Peru National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


A man sells balloons in a cemetery in the capital (Lima-Peru) in order to cheer families will remember their dead.


40. Muddy Smile
Alpay Erdem, Turkey
Open Smile – Winner


© Alpay Erdem, Turkey, Open Smile Winner, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards


I was in Fethiye Turkey last summer for work. She wanted me to take her photo when she was in the air. I took this image on a fast shutter speed to capture her in the air jumping into the lake after coming out of the mud bath. The result was interesting. With the smile on her face and the way she jumped, she seemed to prove how insignificant her age was. she was the hero of the day. Photo taken in Dalyan – Fethiye



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