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The winners of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Remember to take some decent photos next time you travel somewhere, and maybe you could be in the running for a US$25,000 prize. This was just awarded to Italian artist Federico Borella at a ceremony in London, where he was named Photographer of the Year.

The event was the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, for established and emerging artists, organised by the World Photography Organisation. This year’s competition saw 326,997 submissions from 195 applicants. There were 10 professional winners and finalists in all, with Open, Youth and Student categories, and the winning images are now on display at an exhibition in London.

See below for a closer look at the winners:


Five Degrees series

Federico Borella, Photographer of the Year

Borella impressed with his series, Five Degrees – a study of the farming landscape of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, currently facing its worst drought in 140 years. His images show the effects, with portraits of those who have had their livelihoods put on hold.



Christy Lee Rogers, Open Photographer of the Year

The Open category celebrates the power of single images. A Nashville-based Hawaiian photographer, Rogers submitted this photo, entitled Harmony.



Zelle Westfell, Youth Photographer of the Year

Just 18 years old, Atlanta-based US student Westfell submitted her single image, Abuot, in response to the theme of diversity. She revealed that it is a portrait of her friend from school.


La Terreta series

Sergi Villanueva, Student Photographer of the Year

Valencian student Villanueva impressed with his series, La Terreta – a portrayal of his homeland through the orange harvesting process.


Nadav Kander, Outstanding Contribution to Photography

Based in London, Kander is regarded as one of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers. The Awards celebrated his versatile, powerful and thoughtful contribution to the medium.

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