The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards winners were announced this morning. I addition to the ten prizes available in the Open categories the top three entrants for each country were chosen and I have chosen a selection to review here.The results can be found the the WPO blog and the winning entries will be displayed at Somerset House, London from 24 April -10 May.
The untitled entry above from Yeom Jae Won gained joint 3rd place in the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. It appears to depict parents having fun with their four children. Reading deeper perhaps there is more to the image; the grey scale emphasises the silhouettes but perhaps the lack of colour is indicative of how life actually is for this family, the playful posture merely a front. The family are not the only focal point of the photograph they are sidelined with some mast in contrariety.
This next set of images I have chosen for their use of colour. Each of the photographers uses the spectrum in a different manner to illustrate the images.
Slovenian Igor Debevec took 2nd place for ‘Field in summer‘ taken in Tuscany last May. It’s a beautiful scene which has similarites to the British countryside but extends further without obstruction, the more intense light providing a more romantic feel. Of all the entries this is one I’d most like to have on my wall, or better still out of my window.
Sticking with nature, but with an abstract twist Theo de Witte’s 2nd place (Netherlands) ‘Change’ shows nature being tamed and rearranged to fit in our orthogonal, determinable world.
‘Gain and Lost in Split Second’ won photographer Fu-Pin Ko, 2nd place in Taiwan
About his colourful action shot Fu-Pin said “Early summer 2014, in I-Lan suburb area of Taiwan, happened to see a beautiful kingfisher stand on dead wood and waiting fish swimming below quietly. […] The morning sun and a beautiful kingfisher bird dive into the pond and gently splashed into the water then to get this beautiful picture.”