02 May 2014
Competitions, Industry news
At the Sony World Photographer Awards 2014 nineteen year-old Paulina Metzscher from Germany secured the title of Youth Photographer of the Year with a stunning image of a young girl on a night train in China. Metzscher’s image was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a photographer under the age of 20.
Pauline told The RPS: "The photograph was taken during my journey to China in November 2013 and was taken while on a night train. We stayed there for 24 hours- I got up early in the morning to get out and to capture the atmosphere you could find amongst the travelers. And then I found that girl who attracted my attention from the very first moment I saw her. Somehow, she perfectly conveyed a sense of the atmosphere that was present amongst the many travelers 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. 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."
Image: © Paulina Metzscher, Germany. Winner, Youth Portraits 2014, Sony World Photography Awards.