Today we have revealed the 10 extraordinary photographs that have won the Open compeititon of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. The winners were selected from more than 105,000 entries, with the expert panel of judges looking for the best single image across the categories. One overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on 20 April.
All winners, along with the shortlist and a selection of commended images will go on display at the landmark Somerset House, London, during the 2017 Exhibition.
The winners of the National Awards, a global program to find the best single photographs taken by local photographers in 66 countries, were also revealed today.
The ten Open category winners are as follows:
Architecture - Tim Cornbill (UK)
Culture - Jianguo Gong (China)
Enhanced - Lise Johansson (Denmark)
Motion - Camilo Diaz (Colombia)
Nature - Hiroshi Tanita (Japan)
Portraits - Alexander Vinogradov (Russia)
Still Life - Sergey Dibtsev (Russia)
Street Photography - Constantinos Sofikitis (Greece)
Travel - Ralph Gräf (Germany)
Wildlife - Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)
Chair of the Open competition, journalist and photographer Damien Demolder, said of the winning Open images: “It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to be exposed to such a volume of great work, and a privilege too that I could share in the personal moments, the joys, tears, life and losses of photographers from all around the globe who recorded their experiences through their pictures.”
Each winning photographer receives a Sony α7II with lens kit and will now compete to win the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards’ Open Photographer of the Year title, a trip to the winners' awards ceremony in London in April and $5,000 US dollars in cash prizes.
The overall winner will be announced on the 20 April alongside the winners of the Professional competition (judged on a body of work).