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These are the world's best single images

6 years ago

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Open and National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Selected from a record-breaking number of entries, the winners cover a stunning variety of themes and genres, from moody landscapes and revealing portraits to quiet moments of reflection and escape. All the winning images will go on display at the 2018 Exhibition at Somerset House, London, from 20th April - 6th May.


The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as 2018's best single images. The National Award winners, selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer, span nearly 70 countries. The winning photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Austria, Cambodia, China, Finland, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.


Chair of judges Zelda Cheatle commented: "Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special - whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph."

All Open category and National Award winners receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment. In addition, their work will be published in the official 2018 Awards' book and shown at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from 20th April - 6th May.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the title of Open Photographer of the Year, and the $5,000 (USD) top prize. This photographer, along with the Professional category winners, will be announced in London on 19th April.