Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition 2020 winners and shortlisted images
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Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition 2020 winners and shortlisted images

The World Photography Organisation has announced this year’s category winners and shortlisted entries in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards, 2020. The annual Open competition, now in its 13th year, recognizes the best single images captured in 2019. Judged by Gisela Kayser, Managing and Artistic Director for Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus e.V. in Berlin, more than 100 photographs were shortlisted across 10 categories.

'To have my image make the shortlist of this prestigious contest is an incredible honor, especially when it was selected from such a huge number of entries from around the world. I am over the moon to have my work recognized. Congratulations to all the shortlisted and winning photographers for their amazing work,' Marc Le Cornu tells DPReview about his recognition in the Motion category.

Each category winner will receive a set of Sony's latest digital imaging equipment and compete for the Open Photographer of the Year title. The overall winner will be announced on June 9th and be awarded a $5,000 USD cash prize along with recognition on the World Photography Organization and Sony's online social accounts.

The ten category winners are:

Architecture
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano (Italy) for 'Emotional Geography'

Creative
Suxing Zhang (China) for 'Knot'

Culture
Antoine Veling (Australia) for 'Mark 5:28'

Landscape
Craig McGowan (Australia) for 'Ice Reflections' - who was also a finalist for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Motion
Alec Connah (United Kingdom) for 'Going Down!'

Natural World & Wildlife
Guofei Li (China) for 'Tai Chi Diagram'

Portraiture
Tom Oldham (United Kingdom) for 'Black Francis'

Still Life
Jorge Reynal (Argentina) for 'A Plastic Ocean'

Street Photography
Santiago Mesa (Colombia) for 'Colombia Resiste'

Travel
Adrian Guerin (Australia) for 'Riding a Saharan Freight Train'

Due to the current pandemic, this year's Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibition has been cancelled. The World Photography Organisation has launched the Stay Connected page to keep photographers inspired with educational resources. They will also recognize the work of past and current competition winners and finalists across their various online channels.