The winners of the Sony World Photograpy Awards 2012 have been announced!
L’Iris d’Or - the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year
The overall winner of the coveted L’Iris d’Or - the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year is American photographer Mitch Dobrowner. His series, Storms, captures the majesty, force and beauty of extreme weather with superb technical precision. On receiving the award Dobrowner said, 'In landscape photography, there is one moment that will never be the same again. I want my images to do the speaking. That's what photography is all about.'
Dobrowner was selected as the winner by a panel of 9 judges from the World Photography Organisation and the wider photographic community. Over 112,000 images were entered into the 2012 competition from 171 countries – the largest number of entries to date. He will receive a $25,000, Sony's latest digital imaging equipment and the promotion of his images throughout the year and around the world.
Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year
The Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Tobias Bräuning for his innovative image Dancing Queen, in the split second category, a new category this year.
Student Focus Award
Middlesex University, UK student Asef Ali Mohammad was awarded the Student Focus award that attracted entries from over 200 institutions across six continents. The brief for this category was 'Your world in colour'. His series of images of youngsters in Kabul was chosen over 10 other shortlisted photographers for its strong emotional impact through colour.
The title of Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award Winner went to Sergey Kolyaskin from Russia, for his image The Last Hero. New for the 2012 Awards, the Youth Competition was open to anyone under the age of 20.
Images from the winners and finalists will be displayed in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House in London. You're bound to be inspired by the diversity of subjects and techniques on display.
For more information and to see some of the images visit the World Photography Organisation site.