The Sony World Photography Awards has announced the UK National Award winner for 2015. Byron Dilkes was honoured for taking the best single photograph by a British photographer

Photo: UK National Award winner

 revealed for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
© Byron Dilkes, 1st Place, UK National Award, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Press release:

UK National Award winner

 revealed for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 
• Single best photograph taken by a British photographer discovered by world’s biggest photography competition
• Photograph will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, 24 April – 10 May
• Images available for publication at press.worldphoto.org

British photographer Byron Dilkes is today named as the winner of the UK National Award, part of the prestigious 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
 
Dilkes’ winning image “Tantalizingly Tropical” was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a British photographer entered into any of the ten Open categories of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.

Describing the image Dilkes comments “A blacktip reef shark patrols the edge of a recovering coral reef in search of a meal. With this image I wanted to portray as many elements of the idealistic ‘tropical island’ as possible. The image was particularly difficult to get, as it required the right combination of tide, good underwater visibility and calm surface conditions. At low tide I waded out with my underwater housing and perched on a large rock as I waited for the tide. On this particular day I perched on the rock for about four hours until the incoming tide threatened to sweep me off my feet.”

Prize and exhibition 
Dilkes, a diver and keen photographer who is currently based in the Seychelles, has won a Sony RX100 III camera and his image will be shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May.

Runner up positions
• 2nd place – Simon Morris
• 3rd place – Antony Crossfield