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2020 Professional category winners announced

4 years ago

A huge congratulations to the ten Professional category winners in this year's Sony World Photography Awards. Below we present to you some of the most exciting contemporary photographic artists who have gone far in this year’s Professional competition.

Speaking about this year's online announcement, Founder and CEO of the World Photography Organisation Scott Gray says: “The Sony World Photography Awards was established to help get photographers the recognition they deserve, with the exhibition providing an important platform to share their work with new audiences. Due to current restrictions with the global pandemic we were unable to hold this year’s exhibition however we are still dedicated to promoting winning images and projects and ensure the Awards provide awareness and appreciation for the photographers’ work.”

Focused on awarding outstanding bodies of work, the Professional competition required artists to submit a series of five to ten photographs across ten categories: Architecture, Creative, Discovery, Documentary, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Still Life, Sport, and Environment – the latter new for 2020. 

Chosen by an esteemed panel through a rigorous judging process, these photographers are the world’s most dedicated chroniclers, interpreters and artists showcasing a myriad of genres, styles and points of view. We are grateful to this year’s judges, each a leading voice in the photography industry, for their time, expertise and insight. The individuals making up this year's judging panel are international in scope and bring an exciting range of knowledge from wide and varied backgrounds in the medium. All work is judged anonymously. 

Alongside international exposure and support from the World Photography Organisation, each winner is awarded a range of Sony digital equipment. 



Sandra Herber (Canada) for her series Ice Fishing Huts, Lake Winnipeg

See her full series here

Enjoy Sandra's full website here




Pablo Albarenga (Uruguay) for his series Seeds of Resistance

See his full series here 

Enjoy Pablo's full website here




Maria Kokunova (Russian Federation) for her series The Cave

See her full series here

Enjoy Maria's full website here




Chung Ming Ko (Hong Kong SAR) for his series Wounds of Hong Kong

See his full series here

See Chung's portfolio on his Facebook page here





Robin Hinsch (Germany) for his series Wahala

See his full series here

See Robin's full website here




Ronny Behnert (Germany) for his series Torii 

See his full series here

See Ronny's full website here




Brent Stirton (South Africa) for his series Pangolins in Crisis

See his full series here

See Brent's full website here




Cesar Dezfuli (Spain) for his series Passengers

See his full series here

See Cesar's full website here




Ángel López Soto (Spain) for his series Senegalese Wrestlers 

See his full series here

See Angel's full website here




Alessandro Gandolfi (Italy) for his series Immortality, Inc. 

See his full series here

See Alessandro's full website here