This post is the second part of my review of WPO Sony World Photography Awards 2015, also see part 1. The full results can be found the the WPO blog and the winning entries will be displayed at Somerset House, London from 24 April -10 May.
I have started with a geometrically beautiful image ‘Looking up the Torre de Mangia’ (‘Omhoog kijken naar de Torre del Mangia’) from Michael Echteld, Winner in Netherlands. Describing the shot he says “This image was taken on the inner court of the Pallazzo Publico (Town Hall) in Siena, Italy. While looking straight up, the patterns and symmetry in the architecture are wonderfully amplified. The asymmetrical position of the Torre del Mangia (1344) nicely disrupts the symmetry. The lighting for this shot was difficult. Five different exposures were taken and blended and balanced in post processing.”
This sunrise shot ‘Fishing fry’ from Ylem Lin, winner from Taiwan is full of light and movement.
Another atmospheric shot ‘Tram in the mist’ (Kane Hung, 2nd place, Hong Kong) depicts a tram emerging from the thick fog. This time it is headlights that break through the scene, as opposed to the suns brilliant rays above.
First and Second winners from Hungary Zoltan Toth and Noell Oszvald both make a statement about personality and feelings. A women torn between two ideas or states of mind and a person almost insignificant by the wall; light coming through the door but nothing we can see.
Finally ‘Nyugati’ by Janos M Schmidt took 2nd in the mobile phone category. The atmosphere, composition and colours are all worthy of a standalone camera and only the resolution lets down the image.