25 April 2015
Amateur German photographer Armin Appel has won the Sony World Photography Award for overall Open Photographer of the Year and received $5,000 for his image 'Schoolyard'. Chosen from nearly 80,000 entries to the Open competition, the image was taken while Appel was paragliding and shows the vibrant landscape of Biberach an der Riss, Germany. The image won the overall commendation amongst nine other Open category winners who were announced on 31 March.
A panel of experts from the World Photography Organisation, chaired by Sam Barzilay, Creative Director of United Photo Industries (USA), judged the Open competition.
All the winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May along with a dedicated curation to Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Elliott Erwitt.
Image: © Armin Appel, Germany, Winner, Architecture, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.