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Sony World Photography Awards: Open Category winners

Starry Tree by Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Winner, Low Light, Open Competition

The swanky gala awards ceremony for the Sony World Photography Awards 2013 draws closer, and the winners of the ten Open categories, the 3D category, and the Youth cetegory winners have just been announced.

Taking the spoils of a Sony A77 each for their prowess in the Open categories are:

  • Architecture - Martina Biccheri, Italy
  • Arts and Culture - Gilbert Yu, Hong Kong
  • Enhanced - Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam
  • Low Light - Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan
  • Nature & Wildlife - Krasimir Matarov, Bulgaria
  • Panoramic - Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore
  • People - Hisatomi Tadahiko, Japan
  • Smile – Ming Hui Guan, China
  • Split Second -  Matías Gálvez, Chile
  • Travel - Manny Fajutag, Philippines

These ten amateur photographers are now up for being awarded the title Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year on 25 April 2013 at the aforementioned swanky gala ceremony, and will be presented with $5,000 in addition to their new camera.

As for the 3D award, that's going to Matjaž Tančič, a Slovenian fashion photographer based in Beijing and Ljubljana. 

The overall winner of the Youth category will also be announced on 25 April, but the finalists for that honour are:

  • Culture - Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania
  • Environment - Xu Wei Shou, Taiwan
  • Portraits- Berta Vicente, Spain

The professional photographers have been shortlisted; the winner of the Iris d'Or will be unveiled on 25 April in London.

(All images copyright their respective photographers and courtesy of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.)

AoP Awards winners


In case you missed it, the Association of Photographers held their annual awards last week, which honours professional photographers and their work – both commissioned and non-commissioned – across genres including advertising, portraits, and editorial. So as to keep up with the changes that are being made to cameras, and specifically to cover video capability, the AoP introduced the Moving Image category this year, too.

Almost 3,000 images and videos were submitted by nearly 400 entrants. There were 17 ‘Best in Categories’ and three Gold awards. A few of them are here for your perusal. Enjoy!

Nick Meek – Best in Catergory and Gold winner for the Environment series

Allan Stone – Best in Category and Gold winner for the Object series

To take a look at the other winners, head over to the AoP Awards website!

(All images are, of course, copyright their respective photographers.)