By Katy Cowan
The overall winners of the world’s largest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, are named today by the World Photography Organisation. An exhibition of all the winning and shortlisted work will run at Somerset House, London from today until 8th May.
Following a record-breaking 230,103 submissions to its ninth edition, the awards’ Honorary Judging Committee has selected Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh as the recipient of its most coveted prize, the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year.
Chosen from the winners of the awards’ fourteen Professional categories, the winning work, ‘Fire of Hatred’, is a powerful portrait series tackling the social issues around the violent act of acid throwing. Khamseh was announced as the winner of the $25,000 (USD) prize at an awards ceremony in London in front of industry leaders. The winners and finalists of all fourteen Professional categories were also announced at the ceremony.
At the ceremony, the World Photography Organisation announced Kei Nomiyama, Japan, as the Open Photographer of the Year and recipient of $5,000 (USD). In addition, the organisation announced the winners of the Youth and Student Focus Photographer of the Year titles.
Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation comments: “The awards consistently provide an incredible array of work, from a multitude of countries, and most importantly provide the chance for photographers to be discovered and extend their careers. I hope that the winning work this year can provide an inspiration to other photographers, helping to push their creative boundaries, whilst also serving to build the wider appreciation of photography.”
The Sony World Photography Awards annually recognises the world’s best photography. Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry that has the power to shape the careers of its winning and shortlisted photographers.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards
Main image: Landscape – Kevin Frayer, Winner Canada, 2016
Asghar Khamseh, Photographer of the Year Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2016
Architecture – Amélie Labourdette, Winner France, 2016
Campaign – Jetmir Idrizi, Winner Kosovo, 2016
Candid – Kirstin Schmitt, Winner Germany, 2016
Conceptual – Julien Mauve, Winner France, 2016
Contemporary Issues – Asghar Khamseh, Winner Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2016
Current Affairs – Angelos Tzortzinis, Winner Greece, 2016
Daily Life – Espen Rasmussen, Winner Norway, 2016
Environment – Kevin Frayer, Winner Canada, 2016
Landscape – Maroesjka Lavigne, Winner Belgium, 2016
People – Kevin Frayer, Winner Canada, 2016
Portraiture – Marcello Bonfanti, Winner Italy, 2016
Sport – Nikolai Linares, Winner Denmark, 2016
Staged – Alberto Alicata, Winner Italy, 2016
Still Life – Francesco Amorosino, Winner Italy, 2016