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Pick of the pics monthly winner!

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© Michael O'Connell, Ireland, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

Congratulations to Michael O'Connell for his imaginative portrait, you're our Pick of the pics monthly winner for August. You win a free 50 image bundle. 

This image and set is designed, built, shot, lit, edited and styled by me, in my flat. "American Dream" is an ode to the visual presentation of the American Dream, however fake that may be. This is the output of repressed femininity. I'm combating that by providing myself with the visual therapy Hollywood and The American Dream provided me with as a coping mechanism during childhood and into adulthood. 

© Harshtistas Harsh Art, Mexico, entry, Open Competition, Object, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

Well done to Harshtistas Harsh Art, you are awarded second place for our August's Pick of the pics, you win a 20 image bundle. 

© Sabina Miklowitz, United States, entry, Open Competition, Portraiture, 2023 Sony World Photography Awards

Nice work Sabina Miklowitz, you win a 10 image bundle for your eye-catching portrait. 

I've always loved Coney Island as it feels like something of an anachronism; the boardwalk and Nathan's Famous have remained unchanged for decades despite the world changing around them, and there's something fascinatingly seedy about beach-front amusement parks and the characters who can be found there. This image, which was part of a fashion editorial I directed, photographed and retouched, was shot at night using a diffused off-camera flash.