20 Winning Photos From Sony World Photography Awards That Are A Stunning Treat To The Eyes!

Lover of detail? Then, you are one of those people who notices even the minutest detail expressed via photography. And, photographs have a lot to tell, don’t they? Remember we shared with you shortlisted photos from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards? Now, the results of one of the world’s largest and most extensive photography competition have been announced and the images are so stunning that we can’t take our eyes off it.

There are two winning categories announced – Open and National Award winners. Take a look at the Top 10 extraordinary photographs from across the globe from the Open categories.

1. Occulus by Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Open, Architecture.

Having just arrived in Berlin on a bright summer’s day, my wife and I decided to take a morning walk along the River Spree. We soon came across a large concrete building, and I was immediately struck by its geometry and scale. Across the river, I positioned myself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. I waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.


2. Tai Chi by Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture.

December 10, 2016. Wuhan city in Hubei Province, the Yangtze River, more than 1 thousand and 300 people practicing taijiquan.


3. #3 Hearth by Lise Johansson, Denmark, 1st Place, Open, Enhanced.

The series Hearth is exploring what it means to feel at home. The inspiration for the work came from the personal experience of returning to Denmark after many years of living abroad, realizing that I lost the warm sense of belonging I once used to have. For this project I’ve photographed architecture models of classic functionalist buildings, some of the earliest representations of what would later become archetypes of the Danish homes. Placing doll-like people in the models, distant, without any connection to their surroundings, Hearth seeks to apprehend the concept of home in its absence.


4. Submerged Field by Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion.

Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior Championship, as a guest team. 
Ana Maria and her team are constantly fighting, pushing their lungs to the limit and transforming their everyday lack of resources to an idea of opportunity. The volume of water suggests a calm while the surface gives constant chaos. It is in this scenario that the South American team is named youth world champion winners in Norway.


5. Borderline by Hiroshi Tanita, Japan, 1st Place, Open, Nature.

The boundary line between blue and white, ice and snow which appeared in the pond to which thin ice came into winter.


6. Flamingos Soul by Alessandra  Meniconzi, Switzerland, 1st Place, Open, Wildlife.

I am not a wildlife photographer but when I saw the first time the flamingos on the shallow waters of Walvis Bay I really get crazy! Bay lagoon is synonymous of Flamingos and their beauty and elegance give me a lot of inspirations. There is not limit for my imaginations: I watched them from early morning till the end of the day. These fascinating-in-pink birds make me to finish the photographic cards very quickly. Shores of the Namibian Coast, Walvis BayShores of the Namibian Coast, Walvis Bay


7. Mathilda by Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Portraits (Open).

Inspired by a movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.


8. Sunrise at Sea by Sergey Dibtsev, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Still Life (open).

Not necessary to have money to travel by sea. Just use your imagination! Fabric and paper is all you need.


9. Halloween Protagonists by Constantinos  Sofikitis, Greece, 1st Place, Open, Street Photography.

Halloween in NYC, one of the world’s most unique parades and the spookiest holiday in the fall.


10. Gasing up at Roy’s by Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel.

Roy’s Cafe, gas station and motel in Amboy, California. Part of my series “Roadside America”. This photo was taken at the Historic Route 66.


And, here are our picks from the National Award winners of the Sony World Photography Awards — a global program to find the best single photographs taken by local photographers in 66 countries. There are three Indians too.

1. Reckless Kids by Nikunj Rathod, India, 1st Place, National Awards

This image was taken in March 2016 at Mahim bay which is in Mumbai. I was wandering around that area and was waiting for the evening to come to take some silhouette photographs. After a while, my attention went on the noise which was some coming from somewhere nearby. The noise was quite chaotic. From the distance, I saw a group of kids playing around some junk yard cars, screaming, throwing bottles at each other, fighting. It’s only when I went closer that I realized how reckless they were!


2. The Faith of Life by Avishek  Das, India, 2nd Place, National Awards.

The image is from Gajan Festival, This Festival / Cultural Ritual will go on like this as it is running from last 100 years in different remote village of West Bengal, India. This skull is of a Woman who died 2 month back, her face & skin not yet properly deformed in a skull. The central theme of this festival is deriving satisfaction through non-sexual pain, devotion and sacrifice.


3. “In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor”. – Richard Donner by Prabha Jayesh, India, 3rd Place, National Awards.

Motion go hand in hand to me while I’m shooting on the streets, with every action I see a reaction and it engulfs me in a blanket of varied emotions, I spotted this and wanted to capture a in between shot, so it creates mystery around the moment…


4. Howrah Bridge by Mohammad Amir Hamja, Bangladesh, 1st Place, National Awards.

Winter morning Scene under the iconic and signature bridge, Howrah of Kolkata, India.


5. Happiness by Shabir Mian , Pakistan, 1st Place, National Awards.

I was doing some work around this area then i saw this child. he was enjoying the rain and he was walking on Railway Lines but it’s not understand that is Railway track when i saw this moment then i was take this click


6. The Ballerina by Shashanka Chitrakar, Nepal, 1st Place, National Awards.

The image of an egret was taken in Chitwan National Park in August 2016. The bird soaring elegantly through the white sky almost looks like a ballerina performing on a stage. It goes to say how easy it is to find beauty in even the most common things.


7. Wanaka Tree by Linda Cutche, New Zealander, 3rd Place, National Awards.

I had heard so much about this famous tree in Lake Wanaka. Although this scene had been photographed by many, I was artistically challenged to take my own version. The idea was to go on an early morning venture and get a good spot before the sun rose, capturing the glory of an amazing sunrise showering the tree in a golden light.


8. Life among the dead – a cemetery for the living by Aksel Martin Larsen, Denmark, 3rd Place, National Awards

The photo is taken at a cemetary in Manila, Philippines, where a community of people in lack of other places to stay, live inside the cemetery. The underprivileged and the dead have little choice but to mingle together in a cemetery filled beyond capacity. The cemetery is the place they call home, the place they know, the place they love and cherish.
Unclaimed bodies and bones littering the place, has become toys for kids. Here a naked little boy had found a colourfull balloon bringing him some momentarily joy.


9. Old Love by Zarni Myo Win, Myanmar, 3rd Place, National Awards.

99 year-old man and 98 year-old woman are loving each other like teenage.


10. Old River by Ivan Miladinov, Bulgaria, 1st Place, National Awards.

The picture was taken at the beginning of October 2016, the time when the autumn colures are most beautiful and powerful. The river is situated in the Old river reserve (in  the Balkan mountains) and the place itself is a protected area, aiming to preserve the wild nature around it. The place is untouched and there you can meet rare animals like the brown bear and the red deer. The swirling autumn leaves on the picture are a common phenomenon there.

I am blown away by the magnificence and upon discovering the stories they say. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

Source: World Photography Organisation

All photographs have been taken after due permission from Sony World Photography Awards