Sony World Photography Awards 2017: Winners announced
At a ceremony in London last night the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 winners were announced
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography contest and last night it was announced that Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx was to be named as the Photographer the Year. Buyckx wins a $25,000 prize and won the landscape category of the professional competition with a stunning series of minimal black and white abstracts called Whiteout.
The SWPA judges called the work ‘beautiful’ and hope the series will inspire photographers to capture elegance and not overlook the importance and beauty of what is present in our everyday.
The 2017 Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries and is the world’s largest photography competition. An exhibition of all the winning and shortlisted work, along with rare images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, will run at Somerset House, London from 21 April – 7 May.
PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Architecture winner: Dongni, China
Conceptual winner – Sabine Cattaneo, Switzerland
Contemporary Issues winner – Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia
Current Affairs & News winner – Alessio Romenzi, Italy
Daily Life winner: Sandra Hoyn, Germany
Landscape winner: Frederik Buyckx, Belgium
Natural World winner: Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom
Portraiture winner: George Mayer, Russian Federation\
Still Life winner: Henry Agudelo, Columbia
Sport winner: Yuan Peng, China