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Sony World Photography Awards 2022 Winners Announced!

Simon Skinner - 1 month ago

The World Photography Association has announced the overall winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2022. Photographer of the Year, along with the $25,000 cash prize and a range of Sony kit, goes to Adam Ferguson of Australia. Read on for more.

Commenting on his success Adam Ferguson saidThrough collaborating with migrants, this series of photographs was an attempt to make images that inspired empathy, rather than sympathy. By surrendering the control of capture and giving each migrant agency in the process of their representation, I hoped to subvert the narrative of marginalization and create a story that felt more human, relatable and honest. I’m grateful to the brave and resilient individuals who agreed to work with me, and receive this award on behalf of them also. Winning the Photographer of the Year award gives this story another life. It allows a new audience to connect with the important stories of the individuals who shared their story with me.


  • This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography award goes to the world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
  • Scott Wilson of the UK has won the Open Photographer of the Year award for his image Anger Management, in addition to a $5,000 cash prize and Sony equipment.
  • Ezra Bohm from the Nederlandse Acedemie voor Beeldcreatie in the Netherlands has won Student Photographer of the year alongside €30,000 of Sony equipment for his institution.
  • Tri Nguyen of Vietnam has won the Youth Photographer of the Year award for Under Moonlight having been selected from 6 category winners.

The ten individual professional category winners, as well as the 2nd and 3rd place runners-up, are listed below.

Architecture & Design

Winner: Domagoj Burilović – 2nd: Javier Arcenillas – 3rd: Yun Chi Chen

Dorf by Domagoj Burilović
Winner: Dorf by Domagoj Burilović.

Creative

Winner: Alnis Stakle – 2nd: Raphaël Neal – 3rd: Sarah Grethe

1st Place: Mellow Apocalypse by Alnis Stakle
1st Place: Mellow Apocalypse by Alnis Stakle


Documentary Projects

Winner: Jan Grarup – 2nd: Fabian Ritter – 3rd: Win McNamee

1st Place: The Children of the Financial Collapse in Venezuela by Jan Grarup
1st Place: The Children of the Financial Collapse in Venezuela by Jan Grarup.


Environment

Winner: Shunta Kimura – 2nd: Gideon Mendel – 3rd: Giacomo d’Orlando

1st Place: Living in the Transition by Shunta Kimura
1st Place: Living in the Transition by Shunta Kimura


Landscape

Winner: Lorenzo Poly – 2nd: Andrius Repšys – 3rd: Gareth Iwan Jones

1st Place: Life On Earth by Lorenzo Poli
1st Place: Life On Earth by Lorenzo Poli


Portfolio

Winner: Hugh Fox – 2nd: Julian Anderson – 3rd: Anna Neubauer

1st Place: Portfolio by Hugh Fox
1st Place: Portfolio by Hugh Fox


Portraiture

Winner: Adam Ferguson – 2nd: George Tatakis – 3rd: Brent Stirton

1st Place: Migrantes by Adam Ferguson
1st Place: Migrantes by Adam Ferguson


Sport

Winner: Ricardo Teles – 2nd: Adam Pretty – 3rd: Roman Vondrouš

1st Place: Kuarup by Ricardo Teles
1st Place: Kuarup by Ricardo Teles


Still Life

Winner: Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail – 2nd: Cletus Nelson Nwadike – 3rd: Alessandro Gandolfi

1st Place: Constellation by Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail
1st Place: Constellation by Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail


Wildlife & Nature

Winner: Milan Radisics – 2nd: Federico Borella – 3rd: Oana Baković

1st Place: The Fox's Tale by Milan Radisics
1st Place: The Fox’s Tale by Milan Radisics


To find out more about this year’s projects – TAP HERE.

Lastly, you can visit the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London, which runs through until the 2nd May to see work from this year’s winners along with presentations from the prior award winners Pablo Albarenga and Craig Easton.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 virtual exhibition is also available to view HERE.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.