A huge well done to Moldovan photographer Serghei Loburenco for winning our Open competition Instagram contest we ran during the most recent Sony World Photography Awards. Serghei wins a Sony HX80 camera worth £350!
With a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens that captures clear, sharp, undegraded images throughout its 24-720mm3 range, this compact camera is tiny but mighty. Alongside its high-performance Exmor R CMOS image sensor and lightning-quick BIONZ X image processor, the Sony HX80 has a high-contrast retractable OLED Tru-Finder, which is far brighter than conventional electronic viewfinders. Congratulations Serghei, this is a great addition to any photographer's kit bag.
Serghei's powerful portrait of a modern choreographer and director, named Daria, in her a dressing room caught the judges attention for magnetism – she really does draw you in! – plus his skills in post-processing. 'Parts of the lighting equipment and cables were edited out to perfect the composition,' Serghei tells us. As well as celebrating Serghei's portrait, we showcase the shortlisted images too. Don't forget! We'll be announcing the National Award winners this Tuesday, 9th February. Stay tuned with the latest news, including when we'll be announcing the Open competition shortlist, by signing up to our newsletter.