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2013 Sony World Photography Awards Open, Youth and 3D winners.

March 19, 2013

The World Photography Organisation today reveals the winners for the Open, Youth and 3D categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.   With photographers from as far apart as Chile to Vietnam, the winning images capture in a single shot a huge variety of subjects from the moment before a couple get married to the Mangystau night sky in Kazakhstan and the ‘Fung Shun’ fire dragon dance in Southern China, plus much more.

This year, The World Photography Organisation received 122,665 images in total to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards –  62,654 Professional entries, 54,851 Open entries and 5,160 Youth entries images.


Open category winners

Judged on a single image taken by an amateur photographer, the winning Open category photographers were selected from nearly 55,000 entries.  The winners are:


  • Architecture – Martina Biccheri, Italy
  • Arts and Culture – Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong
  • Enhanced – Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
  • Low Light – Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan
  • Nature & Wildlife – Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria
  • Panoramic – Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore
  • People – Hisatomi Tadahiko, Japan
  • Smile – Ming Hui Guan, China
  • Split Second –  Matías Gálvez, Chile
  • Travel – Manny Fajutag, Philippines


The ten Open category winners will now compete for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title.  The overall winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony on 25 April and this photographer will receive $5,000 (USD).


All category winners receive a Sony A77 and will have their images exhibited at Somerset House, London, from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.  The photographs will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.


Damien Demolder, Presiding Chair of Jury for the Open competition and Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine (UK), comments: “Amateurs constantly amaze me, not only with their determination, their passion and their internal drive, but also with the astonishing quality they are capable of achieving. They can be extraordinarily creative, and more than capable of working to their own brief to turn a wonderful idea or moment into a beautiful photograph. In so many ways there are heftier chunks of real life and soul in amateur images than there are in the professional categories – because amateurs do it for the love of taking pictures. And the shortlist and winners for this year’s Open competition demonstrates that perfectly.”



Open Category Winners

© Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Winner, Low Light, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – Milky Way looking like a giant tree atop of the mountain near Ush Konyr plateau in Kazakhstan. Two of three images were shot in Mangystau region of Kazakhstan, where I used to work. Mangystau region,Kazakhstan Third one was shot in Almaty region on the plateau of Ush Konyr with the Sigma fish-eye lens. I kept the horizon in the middle of the frame, to minimize the distortion. In this single shot I exposed sky for 25 seconds, while the bottom of the frame was exposed for almost 100 seconds. Almaty region, Kazakhstan


©Matías Gálvez, Chile, Winner, Split Second, Open Competition 2013 – An explosion of milk! For human eye capture this scene with this detail is impossible. But with a camera you have a whole new world to discover.


© Martina Biccheri, Italy, Winner, Architecture, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – I took this photo in spring 2012 in Rome, my hometown. It was taken with a monorail view camera (5×6 film) and manually developed, after it has been scanned and post produced. I took care of the entire process and working on film, it took me quite many tries to have the perfect shadow and exposure; I had to go back to the location several times to and always hope it was sunny enough, once I spent the whole day in front of that wall, just to check at which time of the day the shadow was looking more geometrical, eventually it was at 2pm. This is my entry, if you like this photo half of how much I do, in March 2013 I will be very happy.


©Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong, Winner, Arts and Culture, Open Competition 2013 – "Fung Shun" fire dragon dance is a traditional ceremonial event held on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year in the Fung Shun area of southern China, and it has a history of more than 300 years. The dragons are composed of bamboo, metal wire and paper and are meticulously hand-made and painted by local artists before the event each year. The dragons are over 30 metres long and are heavily decorated with fireworks, firecrackers and fire arrows. Each dragon is carried and danced around by tens of strong and masculine men, while the fireworks shoot up in the dark sky for hundreds of metres. To take this picture, I need to dash across crowds of bystanders and try to force my way ahead of the dragons, and it takes many trials and errors before I can find the right settings for my camera given the unpredictable light source and chaos around. I was wearing protective mask and helmut to prevent fire burns and collision with the running people.


©Nguyen Hoang Hiep, Vietnam, Shortlist, Enhanced, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – That girl stand firm in the 'storm', When confronting challenges, she will never give up.


©Manny Fajutag, Philippines, Winner, Travel, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – The image was taken during my vacation at Sibuyan Island, Philippines last May 2012.It was a sunset, we are riding a passenger jeepney from family outing, I grabbed the opportunity to take a this picture even if it's in the middle dusty road , this image i considered as an image that cannot be repeated.


©Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria, Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards


©Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore, Panoramic, Winner, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – My Home In this small village outside Jakarta, I met this old man who has been staying here since he was a boy. He was very hospitality and showed me around within his house, I took several photos and form this panoramic image in Photoshop.


©Hisatomi Tadahiko_Japan, Winner, People, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.


©Ming Hui Guan/Mac Kwan, China, Winner, Smile, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – Everyone got into the biggest Super Market, SM to enjoy their shoppings. I just took my camera and walked away from the crowd. I was in a slum which is not far away. Kids here were so curious about this foreigner and his camera. They just wanted to be the centre of it. They played hard in the Jeepney and Laughed. Life here is so pure and simple.Taken in CEBU City, Philippines


Youth Category Winners


©Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, Winner, Culture, Youth Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – New Year's eve traditions in Romania


© Xu Wei Shou, Taiwan, Winner, Environment, Youth Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards


©Berta Vicente, Spain, Winner, Portraits, Youth Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – One day I came across an uninhabited building. Once inside, I imagined a girl I used to meet in the bus there, I made it true


3D Category Winner


©Matjaž Tancic, Slovenia, Winner, 3D competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – Timekeeper is inspired by the set up of Hui-style living rooms in the old village houses of Yixian. As one enters these dwellings, the eye is again and again greeted by the same sight: a small altar comprised of a clock, two vases and a mirror. Why were these altars created? What do they signify? In Chinese, the Zhong Sheng Ping Jing (clock, vases, mirror) has the same pronunciation as lifelong tranquility. But what at first glance gives the impression of sacred artifacts and hints at an exciting tradition, is later revealed to be only objects to the majority of today's villagers. The young have all but forgotten the original purpose of their house altars, just as old traditions and ancestral values slowly but surely fade away. The timekeepers now tell a new story – a story of today. The 3D technique lets the spectator get closer and experience the story more intimately.