British amateur photographers pull off ‘extraordinary’ wins at Sony World Photography Awards
March 31, 2015
14-year-old student Stephanie Anjo won the Youth Portraiture category with a shot called ‘Mellow Memories’
The three winners are: Antony Crossfield, an artist from Hackney, London, won the Open Enhanced category; architect Norman Quinn from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who came top in Open Panoramic; while 14-year-old Stephanie Anjo, a student who lives in Guildford, Surrey, was declared winner of the Youth Portraiture section.
‘The achievement of all three photographers is extraordinary as they were selected from over 86,000 entries from across the world and yet none is a professional photographer,’ organisers said in a statement.
Each photographer wins a Sony Alpha 7 II camera and will compete with eight other category winners for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 prize.
The best images from the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition are set to go on show at Somerset House in London from 24 April-10 May.
The showcase is the climax to the annual competition, which this year pulled in 183,737 entries from 171 countries, 43% of which were entered into the Open contest.
The 13 professional categories and 10 Open sections covered areas ranging from travel and wildlife, to current affairs, landscapes and portraits, to name but a few.
For the first time, visitors will be able to buy prints of photos on display.
The exhibition follows the announcement of the Professional Photographer of the Year, who wins the $25,000 L’Iris d’Or prize, at a gala ceremony on 23 April.
This year’s exhibition will include an area dedicated to the work of legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt, who won the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Visitors will be able to see a selection of his stills, books and films, although a talk by Erwitt sold out long in advance.
Included in the entry price is access to the #FutureofCities exhibition, featuring more than 200 images by leading documentary photographers from Panos Pictures agency and Sony ambassadors.
#FutureofCities documents the problems, solutions and trends shaping cities globally.
The Sony World Photography Awards exhibition is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-9pm and Saturday-Monday 10am-6pm.
Any-time entry to the show costs £8.50. Weekend entry (10am-4pm) costs £6.50.
For full details visit www.worldphoto.org.