"In February 2016 I immersed myself within the Faroese community, I couch-surfed and hitch-hiked my way across the islands, finding doors opening to me everywhere I went. There, across swathes of snow-veiled landscapes and bordered by dramatic coastline, villages are slowly dropping into decline as more and more of their inhabitants are emigrating from the islands in pursuit of greater opportunities." - Kevin Faingnaert
More than 31,000 images were submitted by 4,677 photographers from 132 countries. Kevin's winning work was selected by an expert panel of judges including: Claire Richardson, Picture Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller; Jürgen Schadeberg Dr.(h.c.), Photographer, and Sarah Toplis, Commissioning Executive, The Space.
The work of the winning and shortlisted photographers will be shown as part of our annual photography exhibition in london, the 'Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition' at Somerset House from 21st April – 7th May.
The nine other photographers shortlisted for their work were:
- Anna Filipova, UK
- Mario Adario, Italy
- Christopher Roche, UK
- Sonja Hamad, Germany
- Ben Bond Obiri Asamoah, Ghana
- Frederik Buyckx, Belgium
- Nicholas White, UK
- Fabian Muir, Australia
- Nicky Newman, South Africa