Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Beautiful photos: Winners of the World Photography Awards announced

Kylli Sparre

The beautiful photos in the slideshow below are all winners of the world class amateur photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards 2014.

Winning entries were selected from more than 70,000 entries worldwide, and each photo tells a story. These the photographers are not professionals: they are simply individuals who are passionate about photography.

The Youth Competition is open to photographers under the age of 20 and aims to uncover emerging talent.

The competitors were judged on a single shot and prizes ranged from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.

The Open Competition was open to all photography enthusiasts. Each of the ten category winners received a Sony a6000 camera. In addition the photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May and the images will be published in the 2014 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

The ten winners of the Open category will now compete for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 (USD) prize. The overall winning Open photographer will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 April and this photographer will be flown to London to collect his/her prize. Tell us below which photo you think should win.

Tickets for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London are now on sale at www.worldphoto.org/2014exhibition.

Take a look at the winning photos below

2014 Sony World Photography Awards

  • Muddy Smile by Alpay Erdem

    “She wanted me to take her photo when she was in the air. I took this image on a fast shutter speed to capture her in the air jumping into the lake after coming out of the mud bath. The result was interesting. With the smile on her face and the way she jumped, she seemed to prove how insignificant her age was. she was the hero of the day.” The  photo taken in Dalyan, Fethiye, Turkey. 

    Open Competition Category: Smile Country: Turkey

  • Poor God by Arup Ghosh

    “I was on Durga Puja festival vacation, travelling on a local train. A boy was singing devotional songs and begging for alms. He was dressed as a Hindu God, Lord Shiva, a common view in Indian trains. This boy was charming, bright and had a melodious voice. He could not earn any money from the compartment and was sad. He was singing alone. My camera was ready, hanging on my neck, with the 20mm wide lens attached. I took three shots of the boy. Before leaving, my daughter gave him an apple and I gave him some money. The boy moved to the next compartment happily. These children are from very poor families. Their parents work as contract workers on a very poor daily wage. They work all day long in the fields. The children sing and beg for money to earn bread for the family, when their parents cannot manage a contract. Yet they are cheerful, happy and friendly.” Open Competition. Category: People. Country: India 

  • Rain in an ancient town by Chen Li

    “My photo was shot in southern China- phoenix Town, which shows the scene of people traveling in the rain during the rainy season. Tripod was used for this picture and I used slow shutter on purpose to combine the static and dynamic status of tourists. On the background there are old residential buildings and an old stone bridge, this combination enabled a more spiritual atmosphere for the photo.”

    Open Competition

    Category: Travel

    Country: China

  • The Cold Pony by Gert van den Bosch

    “It was very cold that day, so the inspiration for the title was easy. I had very cold feet. I came out of my car for a quick shot in the snow. The country lanes were slippery. I walked through the cold snow to get to the pony. When I got there I realised that I had the wrong lens on my camera for the effect that I wanted. So I went back, changed lenses. I came home with this picture. Somehow I can still feel the cold, and the scene is arctic. In my imagination.  I took advice to size it this way.” Open Competition Category: Nature Wildlife. Country: The Netherlands 

  • Photographer story – Behind the scene by Hairul Azizi Harun

    “Being a  photographer is not easy. People may not know the many challenges that photographers had to face to attain the perfect image. Sometimes the story behind the image is much more interesting than what is seen in the picture. It is our job as a photographer to convey the story and breathe life into that image. Captured in a village in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia, this image was taken in high shutter speed using only available light. It narrates the pains and gains of being a photographer, the heritage of an old house, forgotten traditional games and the old generations meeting the new, all of which complemented each other very well.” Open Competition. Category: Split Second. Country: Malaysia

  • Under the staircase by Holger Schmidtke

    “I’ve seen similar images of staircases and so I try to do it my way.  In a Office-Building in Cologne I went down to the Zero-Ground of the staircase. I spread my tripod to get in a near-bottom position and fixed it in the middle of this motif. With the wide-angle 10 – 24mm lens I took some raw photos. This image is one of them, developed with LightRoom. Open Competition. Category: Architecture. Country: Germany.

  • Starry lighthouse by Ivan Pedretti

    “This isa stitched panorama of 12 horizontal shots, each shot is a long exposure with tripod at 30 seconds shutter speed. It was about 4am on the night of April 2013 when I captured the milky way arch form south to north in the lighthouse in Capo Spartivento, south Sardinia. The main difficulty was the right to overlap the shots, and the bright rays of the lighthouse. I was about 20m away and I had to cover the lens at the time of the passage of the beam to avoid excessive overexposure. I was fascinated by the landscape I saw in south coast of my island, the lighthouse made everything special.” Open Competition.Category: Panoramic. Country: Italy

  • Rescue operation by Kylli Sparre

    “This image took me few months to complete. It started from an idea, a clear vision. It is a daydream about a getaway or rescue, a story with an open ending. I would like to leave the final interpretation to the viewer. Technically I didn’t really know how to accomplish an image like this, so I ended up doing some experiments that did not turn out well. After some trial and error I decided to just let this idea wait a bit. I collected the props, found a suitable location. Finally when I was ready, I took all the photos in the same location and then composited them together in Photoshop. The difficult part was the fish bowl. There was sea nearby and my friend helped me to carry it. The fish bowl got rather heavy when we filled it with water and we almost fell with it on the slippery rocks when trying to carry it up from the shore. Luckily no one got hurt and the fish bowl is still in one piece today.” Open Competition. Category: Enhanced Country: Estonia

  • Rodeo by Valerie Prudon

    “This photo was taken in Branxton, Australia in October 2013. After shooting some of the rodeo itself, I decided to go behind the scenes to capture the typical environment of this kind of event. This is when I noticed this group of cowboys having a chat and relaxing. Their specific outfits, their boots, their hats and the horses in the background with the sunset made this photo authentic. This was THE moment and I am glad I took a few seconds to immortalise it.” Open Competition. Category: Arts Culture Country: France.

  • First Snow by Vlad Eftenie

    “This was taken in Bucharest, at Turda Blvd, 41 tram station. As the weather got worse in the evening, I hesitated to use the camera before I spotted one interesting situation, with pedestrians walking against car lights, on a zebra crossing. I moved on without taking the photo. Between two tram stations, sleet turned into snow. I went down to the first station and I told myself that I had to take a picture of the situation. Things where changing before me. The flakes had become chaotic, the sharp cold wind became annoying. Cars where barely advancing, the light was difficult, the woman with the umbrella was standing there petrified. I pulled out the camera and took the picture, handheld, marking the first snow of the year.” Open Competition Category: Low Light. Country: Romania.

  • Mourning ceremony Imam Hussein by Bohran Mardani

    “Every year Shiites in the city of Bijar, Iran, hold Imam Hussein mourning ceremonies. Today, this ceremony has become a tourist attraction and people from all over the world come to see the event.  This type of ceremony can vary greatly in various Shiite cities, but in Bijar it is held on the streets. Youth Competition. Category: Culture Country: Iran.

  • Untitled by Paulina Metzscher

    “This photograph was taken during my journey to China in November 2013 with my best friend. During my time in China, I really got into street photography and eventually fell in love with it. The photograph was taken while we were on a night train. We stayed on it for 24 hours, so I was in a confined space for a quite a long amount of time. I got up early in the morning to get out and to capture the atmosphere you could find amongst the travellers. And then I found that girl who attracted my attention from the very first moment I saw her. Somehow, she perfectly conveyed the atmosphere that was present amongst the many travellers on the train. Most of them were waiting eagerly to reach their individual destinations, many of them looking out of the window and watching the world pass by as the train sped through the country. They were completely captivated by the landscape flying by. To me, the little girl stood out from all the other passengers on the train, as in the heat and speed of the moment, she took a minute to herself, completely unaware of everything that was going on around her. She just seemed to be in her own little world, and somehow seemed to have escaped the confined space of the train, even if merely in her thoughts.” Youth Competition. Category: Portraits. Country: Germany.

  • Life and line by Turjoy Chowdhury

    “This photo was taken at Kawranbazar Slum, Dhaka, where people live along with two rail tracks on both of the sides. When there is no train, the rail tracks become their common space. I realised that this place has a lot of visual potential. One day, while returning home after a day-long shoot (not having so interesting photos) suddenly I saw one little girl feeding a kid standing right in the middle of the two tracks. At that moment the rail tracks were telling me that this should be my frame and I clicked. This photo fulfilled my thirst for that day.”  Youth Competition Category: Environment. Country: Bangladesh. 

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