Beyond the Awards: Past Winners & Finalists

8th Nov 2012

© Chan Kwok Hung, Winner of Action and the Overall Amateur Competition, 2011 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards offer much more than momentary recognition. Past winners and finalists are afforded unparalleled opportunities with Sony markets globally, as well as exposure through international exhibitions, media coverage, networking, and WPO’s annual marketing campaign. The World Photography Organisation exists to support and promote professional, amateur and student photography on a global platform. This mission is exemplified in its lasting relationships with past award winners and finalists.

Past winners Chan Kwok Hung, Steve Morenos, Palmer + Pawel, and Irina Werning are just a few of the winners who continue to work with WPO and Sony following the awards.

Hong Kong photographer and 2011 Sony World Photography Awards Open Photography of the Year Chan Kwok Hung was one of the star speakers at the recent Sony Festival 2012 in Hong Kong. Chan’s talk was part of a four day festival hosted by Sony Hong Kong this October to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and to showcase the latest Sony products. Chan used the opportunity to share his experience of photography and winning the coveted Open Photographer of the Year title in a one-hour seminar to an enthusiastic audience of photographers and members of the public.

Steve Morenos2009 professional finalist of the Natural History category, Steve Morenos, who was again shortlisted in 2010 for his distinct studio portraits of wildlife, was subsequently picked up by Sony Australia to become one of their professional Alpha Ambassadors.  As an official Ambassador, a member of a group of experts who mentor and guide photographers, he now shares his technical knowledge and provides tutorials for all Sony consumers. You can see more of his work on his website here

Irina Werning, the winner of 2012 professional portraiture category, was spotted by Sony Latin America who loved her humorous and perfectly executed diptychs as much as our Honorary Jury did. In these diptychs, Irina pairs old photographs with exact recreations many years on.  These photographs are all part of a project she titles Back to the Future, which won her a first place trophy at last years Sony World Photography Awards.  As you may have seen on our news, Irina has embarked on a five-country tour across South America with WPO and Sony Latin America, recreating a dozen more of her photographs, in front of a public audience,      © Steve Morenos

 including students.  Irina will also be joining WPO in São Paulo, Brazil in December, where she will present to nearly 600 students and demonstrate one of her live shoots.  You can listen to an interview Irina gave for us last month, in which she talks about the benefits of winning a Sony World Photography Award, as well as about her current tour in South America.  


© Irina Werning / From the 2012 SWPA winning series in Portraiture.   Zurbano Family, 1999 - 2011, Buenos Aires.

© Irina Werning / From the 2012 SWPA winning series in Portraiture.  Zurbano Family, 1999 - 2011, Buenos Aires.  

Photographers Sebastien Palmer and Pawel Okol, a photographer duo who go by the name of Palmer + Pawel, were professional finalists in 2011 and then won first prize for the Sport category in 2012. They have since been keeping in close contact with WPO and this summer joined a group of past winners and World Photographic Academy members in São Paulo to work with Sony Brazil, presenting their work to a public audience. Whilst there, an opportunity arose to go photograph a special project, which Sony Brazil endorsed and supported.  São Paulo Nights was the result of that visit, which has turned into a social documentary piece about prostitution and transsexuals working for sex in São Paulo.  Palmer + Pawel are now set to go present this work there again in December and continue the project, which has turned into something much bigger than they could have envisioned just this past summer.  You can listen to an interview with the two photographers here.  



© Palmer + Pawel

This year's competition welcomes all professional, amateur and student photographers to enter their best photographs for recognition at The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards and beyond. Award recipients and finalists at the Sony World Photography Awards are given the opportunity to join the extended network of past winners, Academy members, and friends of the WPO to build on their skills and enjoy a launch pad for professional development. For entry details, please click here