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15 April 2020

The World Photography Organization has announced this year's category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020, recognizing the best single images from 2019.

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Sony World Photography Awards. Click for a slide show of the category winners.

Over 100 photographers were shortlisted in the competition along with 10 category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 reward. The overall Open winner will be announced June 9 on the World Photography Organization and Sony's online platforms.


The 10 category winners include:

Architecture: Rosaria Sabrina Pantano (Italy) for Emotional Geography, a black-and-white image featuring 38° Parallelo, a pyramid shaped sculpture by Mauro Staccioli which stands at the exact point where the geographical coordinates touch the 38th parallel.

Creative: Suxing Zhang (Mainland China) for Knot, a portrait of a young woman with a collage of symbolic elements. This single black-and-white image is part of the series Hua (meaning flower in Chinese) which looks at flowers as metaphors of femininity.

Culture: Antoine Veling (Australia) for Mark 5:28, a photograph capturing the moment when members of the audience were invited on stage to dance at an Iggy Pop concert in the Sydney Opera House on April 17, 2019. Depicting Iggy Pop in a crowd of dancing fans, the image focuses on the singer, a woman reaching to touch him and a stage assistant struggling to keep people at bay. The scene, which was likened to a Caravaggio painting, conjures a biblical passage: Because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." (Mark 5:25-34, line 28).

Landscape: Craig McGowan (Australia) for Ice Reflections, an image of a solitary iceberg, set against the fjord walls in Northeast Greenland National Park. The iceberg and surrounding landscape are perfectly mirrored in the clear waters of the river resulting in a painterly and abstract photograph.

Motion: Alec Connah for Going Down!, a record of the moment the four cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire were demolished on Dec. 6, 2019.

Natural World & Wildlife: Guofei Li (Mainland China) for Tai Chi Diagram, taken in Botswana, the picture features two cheetahs licking each other clean following a successful hunt. Their position in the frame resembles the shape of a Yin and Yang symbol.

Portraiture: Tom Oldham for Black Francis, a black-and-white portrait originally taken for MOJO Magazine, of Pixies frontman Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis). Oldham, an experienced portrait photographer, was painfully aware of the many photoshoots his sitter has been the subject of and asked him to acknowledge his frustration with the process. The resulting image, picturing the singer digging his hands into his face, offered the perfect gesture and ran as the lead image for the article.

Still Life: Jorge Reynal (Argentina) for A Plastic Ocean, a photograph of a dead fish seemingly struggling for breath in a plastic bag. The image highlights the plastic pollution crisis of our oceans.

Street Photography: Santiago Mesa (Colombia) for Colombia Resiste, the photograph documents a protester in Medellin where workers and street vendors were taking part in a march when the riot squad dispersed them. This demonstration is one of many that have broken out across Latin America in recent years for reasons including the rising cost of living, inequality and lack of opportunity.

Travel: Adrian Guerin (Australia) for Riding a Saharan Freight Train, an image taken from the top of the rear carriage of the iron-ore train in Mauritania as it was making its 700km long journey from the coastal town of Nouadhibou to the Saharan wilderness of Zoue[!]rat. Stretching 2.5km in length, it's one of the longest trains in the world transporting more than 200 carriages loaded with rocks.


The full list of winners and shortlisted candidates includes:


Category Winner

Rosaria Sabrina Pantano, Italy


Justin Chui, Hong Kong; Massimo Crivellari, Italy; Paul Crudgington, U.K.; Marcin Giba, Poland; Iraklis Kougemitros, Greece; Alexandre B. Lampron, Canada; Peter Li, U.K.; Wen Lu, Mainland China; Liliana Ochoa, Colombia; Peter Plorin, Germany; Eleni Rimantonaki, Greece; Franco Tessarolo, Switzerland; Eng Tong Tan, Malaysia; Stephen Tomlinson, U.K.


Category Winner

Craig McGowan, Australia


Or Adar, Israel; Hong Chen, Hong Kong; Marcin Giba, Poland; Kai Hornung, Germany; Stanley Lin, Taiwan; Marco Minischetti, Italy; Viktor Einar Vilhelmsson, Iceland; Hsiang Hui (Sylvester) Wong, Malaysia


Category Winner

Tom Oldham, U.K.


Frederic Aranda, U.K.; Will Bolsover, U.K.; Laurent Caitucoli, France; Gareth Cattermole, Ireland; Lorena Zschaber GuimaraÉes, Brazil; Katinka Herbert, U.K. Justin Keene, U.K.; Ottavio Marino, Italy; Sawamaru Pokiru, Japan; David Ridgway, U.K.; Ulana Switucha, Canada; Dmitrii Tulmentev, Russian Federation; Greg Turner, U.K.; Tales Yuan, Mainland China


Category Winner

Suxing Zhang, Mainland China


Lucia Benavento, Argentina; Cristina Coral, Italy; Henry Oude Egberink, Netherlands; Julian Fabiolato, U.S.A.; Katie Farr, U.K.; Erica de Haas, Netherlands; Martina Holmberg, Sweden; Marek Juras, Czech Republic; Stanislav Stankovskiy, Russia; David Swindler, U.S.A.; John White, U.K.


Category Winner

Alec Connah, U.K.


Jessica Chappe, U.S.A.; Roberto Corinaldesi, Italy; Marc Le Cornu, U.K.; Lloyd Lane, U.K.; Peter Svoboda, Slovakia; Jonathan Taylor, U.S.A.; Muriel Vekemans, Belgium; Emma Williams, U.K.; Lior Yaakobi, Israel

Still Life

Category Winner

Jorge Reynal, Argentina


Javier De Benito, Spain; Simone Bramante, Italy; Antonio Coelho, Portugal; Kunkun Liu, Mainland China; Ian Knaggs, U.K.; Igor Kryukov, Russian Federation; Arnaud Montagard, France; Chris Patterson, U.K.; Kihyoung You, Republic of Korea


Category Winner

Adrian Guerin, Australia


Kendall Greene, U.S.A.; Trung Pham Huy, Viet Nam; Chen Jun, Mainland China; Kaitlyn Kamperschroer, U.S.A.; Veliko Karachiviev, Bulgaria; Hu Qing, Mainland China; Michael Paramonti, Germany; José́ Mar&íacute;a P&éacute;rez, Argentina; Jonathan Rogers, U.K.; James Rushforth, U.K.; Tran Tuan, Viet Nam


Category Winner

Antoine Veling, Australia


Ignacio Alvarez Barutell, Spain; Diana Buzoianu, Romania; Kinyas Bostanci, Turkey; Sergio Carrasco, Mexico; Satheesh Chandran, India; Gil Kreslavsky, Israel; Ted Lau, U.K.; Mahesh Lonkar, India; Antonino Maurizio Clemenza, Italy

Natural World & Wildlife

Category Winner

Guofei Li, Mainland China


Rachel Brooks, U.K.; Marleen Van Eijk, Netherlands; Michael Faint, U.K.; Anastasia Kaminskaya, Russian Federation; Alex Kydd, Australia; Shivansh Mathur, India; Adam Stevenson, Australia Will Venter, South Africa; Marcus Westberg, Sweden

Street Photography

Category Winner

Santiago Mesa, Colombia


Indranil Aditya, India; Peter Brooks, U.K.; Jaime Diaz, Spain; Daniel Heilig, Hungary; Misha Japaridze, Russian Federation; Tim Johnston, U.K.; Jon Liu, Mainland China; Joaqu&íacute;n Luna, Spain; B&üuml;lent Suberk, Turkey; Xun Yuan, Mainland China

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