Sony World Photo Organization announces Open, Youth, and National Award winners [updated]


posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM EDT

Nature and Wildlife winner, "The Cold Pony", by Gert van den Bosch

Following up from the official shortlist in February, the Sony World Photography Awards today announced the winners for the Open, Youth, and National Award divisions. Each of these incredible images nets its photographer a camera from Sony, and those in the Open division will go on to compete for a $5,000 dollar prize which will be awarded at a gala on April 30th.

More than 70,000 images were submitted to this year's awards, of which just a handful made the final cut. Ten winners were selected from those for the Open category, each of which won a Sony a6000. The Youth winners, on the other hand, received a Sony a5000 for their skills. All the images will also be shown at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May.

We've embedded the 13 winning images below, and you can see the winners of the National Awards here, to get a handle on the best from each country.

UPDATE: Sony World Press contacted us, and the organization has changed the winner of the Youth Culture award. In a statement, the group said:

The winner is Anastasia Zhetvina aged 19 from Russia for an image titled "Young talents".

We would like to confirm that Borhan Mardani, who was announced as the Youth Culture category winner on Tuesday 18 March, has been disqualified from the Sony World Photography Awards. 

Following his entry into the Youth competition Mr Mardani confirmed to the WPO, in writing, that he was 19 when he took the winning image.  This has now been shown to be incorrect.

We have removed Mardani's image, and replaced it with the new winner.


Culture, Anastasia Zhetvina, "Young Talent"
Portraits, Paulina Metzscher, "Untitled"
Environment, Turjoy Chowdhury, "Life and line"


Low Light, Vlad Eftenie, "First snow"
Smile, Alpay Erdem, "Muddy smile"
Enhanced, Kylli Sparre, "Rescue operation"
Panoramic, Ivan Pedretti, "Starry lighthouse"
Arts & Culture, Valerie Prudon, "Rodeo"
Travel, Chen Li, "Rain in an ancient town"
Architecture, Holger Schmidtke, "Under the staircase"
Split Second, Hairul Azizi Harun, "Photographer story - Behind the scene"
People, Arup Ghosh, "Poor god"
Nature & Wildlife, Gert van den Bosch, "The Cold pony"