The Sony World Photography Awards has named the winner of the amateur category as Arup Ghosh from India.rnrnPicture credit: u00a9 Arup Ghosh, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards has named the winner of the amateur category as Arup Ghosh from India.

Ghosh beat nearly 26,000 entries to win the title along with $5,000 cash for his photograph of a barber at work.

?Magnum photography changed my vision,? said Ghosh, a physician whose passion for photography was inspired by the famous photo agency.

?The day I started to visit their website my conception about photography changed dramatically. Now I wish I was a documentary photographer. I like to photograph people, events aesthetically. I love monochrome media.?

Competition judges included high profile photographers such as Tom Stoddart, Elliott Erwitt and Rankin.

?The calibre of amateur photography is outstanding ? and in many cases reaching professional standard,? said a spokeswoman for the awards, which is in its first year.

The winner of the professional category will be announced on 24 April at a presentation ceremony to be held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

Picture credit: © Arup Ghosh, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards

© Arup Ghosh, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards