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2013 Sony World Photography Awards - winners announced
- Published 26th April 2013
Thirty-two year-old Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang was announced last night as the L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. Beating over 122,000 entries from 170 countries, the photographer collected her award plus Sony digital imaging equipment and $25,000 (USD) prize money at a gala ceremony held in London.
The judges voted unanimously for Gjestvang’s powerful series of portraits of children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utoeya, outside Oslo. Titled ‘One day in history’ the series captures the young survivors with immense sensitivity and honesty and are an enduring testament to the resolve of these young people in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.
Chair of the Honorary Jury, Catherine Chermayeff, Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos, adds: “As the Jury Chairman I am delighted that Andrea Gjestvang has won the L'Iris d'Or prize. The entire jury was unanimous in selecting this body of work. "One Day in History" is a quiet, thoughtful and ultimately powerful voice for the children and survivors of the massacre in Norway. We were all moved by the dignity and beauty of these images.”
The L’Iris d’Or winning series of work, alongside those of the other winners announced tonight at the awards, will be displayed as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House from 26 April – 12 May. The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book, available to buy from worldphoto.org/2013book
Open Photographer of the Year - Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
Also at the awards, a twenty-one year old amateur photographer from Hanoi, Vietnam, who incredibly only bought his first digital camera one year ago, was announced as the Open Photographer of the Year.
Hoang Hiep Nguyen was presented with a Sony α77 camera plus $5,000 (USD) for his winning image of a young girl in a storm. The photograph beat entries from around the world in a competition that sought to find the world’s single best image taken by an amateur photographer or photography enthusiast.
Professional category winners and finalists
The winners plus the 2nd and 3rd placed photographers of the Professional competition were also revealed at the awards ceremony. All 15 Professional winners – from Australia to Peru - were flown to London to collect their award and received a Sony α99 camera.
The wining series of works showcase the very best in international contemporary photography, from stunning black and white portraits of the Matterhorn mountain to a witty set shot in the back of an Argentinian limousine to a wry look at the secret life of the people of North Korea. The winners are:
- Architecture - Fabrice Fouillet, France
- Arts and Culture - Myriam Meloni, Italy
- Campaign - Christian Åslund, Sweden
- Conceptual - Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine
- Contemporary Issues - Valerio Bispuri, Italy
- Current Affairs - Ilya Pitalev, Russia
- Fashion - Klaus Thymann, Denmark
- Landscape - Nenad Saljic, Croatia
- Lifestyle - Alice Caputo, Italy
- Nature & Wildlife - Satoru Kondo, Japan
- People - Andrea Gjestvang, Norway
- Portraiture - Jens Juul, Denmark
- Sport - Adam Pretty, Australia
- Still Life - Vanessa Colareta, Peru
- Travel - Gali Tibbon, Israel
Outstanding Contribution to Photography – William Eggleston
Iconic American photographer William Eggleston was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. Collected by Winston Eggleston on behalf of their father, the award was presented to William Eggleston for his influence on colour photography and, in turn, the influence he has on many of today’s most revered working photographers.
Student Focus Photographer of the Year - Natalia Wiernik, Poland
In a programme that now includes over 230 universities worldwide, the Student Focus award is the largest of its kind. Polish photographer Natalia Wiernik, who competed for the Student Focus Photographer of the Year title on behalf of her university, the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland, was announced as the winner and presented with €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for her university.
Youth Photographer of the Year - Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania
A striking image of a New Year festival in Romania won nineteen year-old Alecsandra Dragoi the title of Youth Photographer of the Year. From Romania and currently at university in the UK, Dragoi image was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a photographer under the age of 20.
2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards winners
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are a proud partner of the Sony World Photography Awards. Two stunning books share the awards’ £10,000 prize for the best photography and best moving image books of the year. They are:
- Best Photography Book Award - War / Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels and Natalie Zest (Yale University Press)
- Best Moving Image Book Award - Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (V&A Publishing)