One of the most respected photography competitions in the world has announced the winners in a category called Open, where judges evaluate individual images. As at the Sony World Photography Awards in previous years, the images of the winners and finalists were stunning. You can see for yourself in this photo gallery.
The Czech photographer was not among this year’s winners, but he was one of the finalists. Was Martin Morávek in the Landscape / Open category. To clarify – the Sony World Photography Awards competition is divided into two main sections, called Open (open, single image is evaluated) and Professional (professional, ranked series). Although we already know the results in the Open category, only the nominations are known for the professional category. Winners will not be announced until April 12.
In professional competitions, we often meet the same author who won, for example, in World Press Photo. This year, Kindergarten Photographer Roman Vondrou was nominated for one of the awards in the Sports/Professional category. We have informed about the professional nominations in the article Not taking pictures of the 30 best professional photographers in the world.
This year, more than 340,000 films from 211 countries entered the Sony World Photography Awards. Hideko Kataoka, open section judge of the competition, who works as head of photography at Newsweek in Japan, said: “I really enjoy judging various categories from still life to street photography. Photographs that radiate from award-winning shots. Each photo in the competition elegantly provides a comprehensive visual statement.” He also commented on the fact that there was a high proportion of black-and-white images among the winning photos. “It can be seen that black and white photography holds a special place in the hearts of many photographers. ”
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