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First winners announced in Sony World Photography Awards 2013

By dpreview staff on Mar 19, 2013 at 17:57 GMT

The World Photography Organisation has announced the winners for the Open, Youth and 3D categories of the 2013 Sony-sponsored World Photography Awards. The organization announced a shortlist for all the categories last month, and will be announcing the professional category winners at Somerset House in London on April 25th. The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition will open a day later, and will run from April 26th - May 12th at Somerset House in London.

Youth Category

The aim of this category is to discover budding photographers, and in doing so, the WPO hopes that the award will expose their work of young photographers to a larger audience. One overall Youth Photographer of the Year will be selected from the three winners and this will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 25th.

Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi from Romania. Dragoi is one of the three winners in the Youth category.

Open Category

The Open category is intended for amateur photographers. This year's winners were selected from around 55,000 entries by amateur photographers across the globe. A selection of photographs will be exhibited in London at the Winners' Exhibition. The Open Photographer of the Year will be selected from the ten images and will receive $5,000 (USD).

Gilbert Yu from Hong Kong, China. Winner of the Open category - Arts and Culture. Hisatomi Tadahiko from Japan. Winner of the Open category - People.
Krasimir Matarov from Bulgaria. Winner of the Open category - Nature and Wildlife Martina Biccheri from Italy. Winner of the Open category - Architecture

3D category

Images in this category represent work of photographers who have embraced 3D imaging. Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič's image Time Keeper won the award for this category. According to the photographer, this image is inspired by the setup of Hui-style living rooms in the old village houses of Yixian, China. 

Matjaž Tančič from Slovenia - 3D category winner


Total comments: 12
By Digitall (Mar 20, 2013)

Nice photos

mike kobal
By mike kobal (Mar 20, 2013)

great images, congrats to the winners!

Amateur Sony Shooter
By Amateur Sony Shooter (Mar 20, 2013)

Many wining photos were taken with Nikon cameras. Only one winer with NEX5.

By itsmeavi (Mar 20, 2013)

all Nikons use sony sensor :P

By Raincheck (Mar 20, 2013)

itsmeavi ... Sony sensors built to exacting Nikon engineering. Probably engineered while listening to the only hit song about a camera brand; a Nikon camera. Sing it with me now... I've got a NiKON camera, I love to take a photograph, so Momma don't take my Kodachrome away...

(Hmmm... I wonder what tune Canon users hum while making those second-place images?)

I'm KIDDING! Don't start a war, just having a bit of fun. Go ahead Canon/Sony/Pentax/Yashica users, poke some back.

By Revenant (Mar 20, 2013)

Nikon also use Toshiba (D5200), Aptina (Nikon 1 system) and their own sensors (eg. D4). Sony makes greats sensors, but they're not in every camera.

The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Mar 20, 2013)

Raincheck, does that "exacting Nikon engineering" include the spreading of oil spots over those lovely sensors?

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Mar 20, 2013)

Would an "impartial" Sony committee would have awarded only shots taken with Sony cameras? Would have the people in these forums asphyxiate if forced to opine about a photo without knowing the camera model or without judging only shots taken at >12,500 ISO and viewed at pixel level?

Preternatural Stuff
By Preternatural Stuff (Mar 29, 2013)

@Raincheck, what and how long have you been smoking to make u so really dumb when it comes to semi-conductor manufacturing matters huh... such sensors are made to the same specs off a production line because any change or customisation increases cost tremendously.

Nikon isn't a semi-conductor company so to even suggest they can tell someone like Sony what engineering to build... tsk tsk... All Nikon did was come up with the firmware and software.

Of course, I'm NOT KIDDING! Yes, no, not, maybe? Go ahead Nikon users, poke back.

By CameraLabTester (Mar 20, 2013)

Refreshing to see a contest devoid of so much political undertones...


Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Mar 19, 2013)

some very good pics and an ace judge ;)



By AcerAntec (Mar 19, 2013)

3D winner... Only one (out of two) image displayed?
Too bad for 3D amateurs.

But thanks for the coverage and congratulations to the winners.

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