Winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Cautelosa / Cautious

A UK photographer was one of just 10 open division winners of this year’s annual Sony World Photography Awards.

Tim Cornbill, winner of the architecture category, was selected from more than 105,000 entries to the open division Awards, which is the world’s largest photography competition.

Cornbill’s stunning images of Berlin were joined by other winning photographic subjects from flamingos in Africa to a goal-scoring moment in an underwater rugby match.

Each winning photographer received a Sony camera with lens kit, and will now move on in the competition for the opportunity to win the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards’ Open Photographer of the Year title, a trip to the April awards ceremony in London and $5,000 in cash prizes.

The overall winner will be announced April 20 alongside the winners of the Professional competition. After the overall winners are revealed, the winning and shortlisted images will be on display at Somerset House until May 7, when the exhibit will go on a worldwide tour.

Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at

Tabular iceberg. In March 2016, I headed to the Antarctic Peninsula, as part of an expedition with explorer Robert Swan. On our way to the 66th parallel south, our boat was navigating in silence through 30 meter (100 feet) high tabular icebergs that were once part of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Those mesmerizing structures were displaying subzero icy corridors, forming a highly photogenic gargantuan maze. The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary. I took my camera, I had to show the world the impact that global warming has had. Equipped with a 70-200mm, I started to play with the magnificent landscape around me, trying to display the geometric magnificence of those structures. After envisioning the shot, I had to wait the right moment, and had only a few seconds to get it right.

© Josselin Cornou, France, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one.

© Jonatan Banista, Panama, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

EXIST. The year 2016. reminds me the time in which selfie culture determines our existence if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia

© Jelena Janković, Serbia, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Paradise is a Library. This photo was taken on February 28, 2016 in the Stuttgart Library, in Germany. I really like this Library because it’s like no other Library I’ve ever seen, “breaking the rules”. I actually find that this modern and ethereal look, helps one concentrate reading it’s book or studying.

© Luis Pina, Portugal, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.

© Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Portraits (Open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Submerged field. 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.

© Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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

© Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Gassing Up At Roy’s. 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.

© Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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

© Constantinos Sofikitis, Greece, 1st Place, Open, Street Photography, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Wendy in Orocué. Wendy Daniela Rivas, looks through a window from her home at Orocué, Casanare, Colombia, on November 20, 2016.

© Juan Cristóbal Cobo, Colombia, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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