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2017 Sony World Photography Award winners

New Zealand National Award third place winner at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Linda Cutche: 'Wanaka Tree'

 

"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." Linda Cutche

 

© Linda Cutche, New Zealand


New Zealand National Award second place winner at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Matt Lance Draper: 'Character'

 

“This image was captured off the coast of the island chain of Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Every year humpback whales migrate thousands of kilometers from the cold oceans in the south to the warm breeding waters in the tropical islands on the south pacific. This particular male calf was such a character and after seeing him most days over a week I finally captured an image that showed his nature and unique 'personality' as such.” – Matt Draper

 

© Matt Lance Draper, New Zealand


New Zealand National Award first place winner at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Miriam Strong: 'Triple Exposed'

 

"This image was taken on a film camera during the summer 2016 in London. It consists of three images that were exposed on the same piece of film. I took the first image of the backyard/houses then wound the film back, then I took a silhouette portrait of my friend and wound the film back, the final image was of some mint in a pot plant which you can see in the girls face." Miriam Strong

 

© Miriam Strong, New Zealand


First place winner of the open Architecture category and the United Kingdom National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Tim Cornbill: 'Oculus'

 

"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." - Tim Cornbill

 

© Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom


First place winner of the open Motion category and the Colombia National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Camilo Diaz: 'Submerged field'

 

"Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, gray, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior underwater rugby 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 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

 

© Camilo Diaz, Colombia


First place winner of the open Portraits category and the Russia National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Alexander Vinogradov: 'Mathilda'

 

Inspired by Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.

 

© Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation


First place winner of the open Nature category at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Hiroshi Tanita: 'Borderline'

 

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

 

© Hiroshi Tanita, Japan


First place winner of the open Wildlife category and the Switzerland National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Alessandra Meniconzi: 'Flamingos' Soul'

 

"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! Walvis 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." - Alessandra Meniconzi

 

© Alessandra  Meniconzi, Switzerland


First place winner of the Ecuador National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez: 'Silhouette'

 

"This photo was taken in June 2016 while trying a home-made softbox, my wife was reading a book, put the softbox in front of her I set the parameters on camera so that the silhouette in the photo came out after 5 tries to get the perfect photo." - Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez

 

© Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez, Ecuador


First place winner of the Cambodia National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Ly Min: 'The 3 Hope'

 

"One of my favorite photos during my visit at a rubbish dump in Battambang, Kingdom of Cambodia, about 300 km from my place. I came a bit late because it was time for them to finish their work. Luckily, some men were still there for extra work hoping to make more money to support their families. The man with his cigarette in hand drew my attention then I asked him for a photo, he smiled and replied "You can", after a few shots, some more men came into my frame. At first I wasn’t aware that I had this shot until I looked all my photos in my Laptop. It looks like all of them are dreaming and hoping for a better life, that's why I called my photo The 3 Hopes." - Ly Min

 

© Ly Min, Cambodia


First place winner of the China National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Jim Chen: 'Squid'

 

"Squid are very active at night. I enjoy watching squid wriggle their tentacles into slithering spirals while hovering, and thrust them straight out like a bouquet of tails to swim. Squid can darken and lighten their pigmentation at will, an ability which becomes obvious when they are illuminated by a night diver's light. This squid was encountered at 5 meters depth and displayed its deadly fangs and claws trying to scare me. It is very difficult to focus in these conditions. I tried many shots, but this was the only successful one." - Jim Chen

 

© Jim Chen, China


First place winner of the United States National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Argus Paul Estabrook: 'Read All About It'

 

"During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers' Solidarity newspapers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. The headline reads: Park Geun-hye Resign Now. On December 9th, the National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye in an overwhelming 234-56 vote." - Argus Paul Estabrook

 

© Argus Paul Estabrook, United States


First place winner of the Panama National Award at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Jonatan Banista: 'Cautious'

 

"Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek [and I] had done several reptile shots until I got this one." - Jonatan Banista

 

© Jonatan Banista, Panama


To see the full list of winners and finalists at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, click here.