15 Mar, 2022

The World Photography Organisation is pleased to announce the category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022, recognising the best single shots from 2021.

Over 170,000 images were entered to this year’s Open competition, with over 100 photographers shortlisted in addition to the ten category winners. Each winner receives digital imaging equipment from Sony and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 (USD) prize.

The overall winner of the Open competition will be announced on the 12 April. Selected work by winners and shortlisted entries will be exhibited as part of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House from 13 April-2 May 2022.

The ten category winners are:


Anthony Chan (Hong Kong) for Old Meets New, a black and white photograph depicting the chaotic façade of a weathered industrial complex, juxtaposed with the stylish front entrance of a skyscraper. The image highlights a clash between the past and the present in Hong Kong by contrasting the co-existence of old and new developments.


Isabel Salmon (United Kingdom) for Untitled, in which the photographer documents her mother’s experiences with chronic vertigo and dizziness. In this portrait Salmon explores the senses; shooting her Mother with her eyes closed in a stark red light, head titled as if trying to find balance.


Vicente Ansola (Spain) for Exodus, an evocative image of a field of wilted sunflowers dried out by the beating sun in Castilla León. The photographer’s imagination was caught by the proud stature of the flowers, recalling for him the rural past of Spain, and the women who worked the arid fields of Castilla.


Utsab Ahamed Akash (Bangladesh) for The Honey Collector, capturing a honey collector from below as they inspect a tray of honeycomb. A typical countryside scene in Bangladesh, honey collectors place bees’ nests near mustard fields and collect the honey in winter.


Raido Nurk (Estonia) for Surfing festival, a shot of a stormy day of surfing in the Hague, the Netherlands. The stark silhouettes of surfers stand out against the grey waves and driving rain.


Scott Wilson (United Kingdom) for Anger Management, a dramatic black and white photograph of a wild mustang stallion, bowing its head as it kicks up a dust storm in northwest Colorado, United States.


Leonardo Reyes-González (Mexico) for Segundo Uso (Second Use) II, a still-life of discarded objects. Assembled together against a blue wall, a balanced broken hat stand and a three-legged chair take on a new elegance.


Simone Corallini (Italy) for The Endless Summer – Surf Trip, a black and white portrait of 16-year-old surfer Simone Gentile. Corallini captures Simone fresh from the sea, with beads of water running down his cheeks.


Etienne Souchon (France) for Havana Running Away, a photograph showing a split-second moment as a child runs across a street in Havana, Cuba, turning to look behind him at a car blocking the road. The black and white format, crumbling building facades and vintage car give the image the appearance of a classic street scene.


Nguyen Phuc Thanh, Vietnam (Vietnam) for Bike with Flowers, an image depicting a traditional flower street seller cycling  in Hanoi, Vietnam. The bike has been shot just as it passes a wall bursting with flower decorations, giving the appearance that they are spilling from the rider’s baskets.

This year’s Open competition was judged by Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan.

Commenting on the judging Hideko Kataoka says: ‘‘I enjoyed judging this wide variety of categories from Object to Street Photography. Creativity and originality were very important in choosing a winning image and it was terrific to see the excitement and joy of the photographers when they captured the moment. The photographs in this competition each make a coherent visual statement about a situation or particular circumstance in an elegant visual way. As can be seen in many images in the shortlist this year, black and white photography holds a special place in the hearts of many photographers. The simplicity of black and white has the power to distil the content of an image, and direct the viewer’s attention to the subject.’’

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 will be announced on the 12 April 2022 and will go on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London from 13 April-2 May 2022. For more information about winners and shortlists please visit



Category Winner:

Anthony Chan, Hong Kong


Bryan Field, United Kingdom

Francesca Sciambarruto, Italy

Gerhard Hucke, Germany

Giulio Casti, Italy

Günter Kleber, Germany

Junming Chen, China Mainland

Khanh Le Viet, Vietnam

Klaudia Chwastek, Poland

Klaus Lenzen, Germany

Marcus Ek, Norway

Muhammad Najib Bin Abdul Rahman, Singapore

Ute-Christa Scherhag, Germany

Wonyoung Choi, Republic of Korea

Zeynep Demirhan, Turkey



Category Winner:

Isabel Salmon, United Kingdom


Abbas Valadi, Islamic Republic of Iran

Caleb Nii Odartey Aryee, Ghana

Clair Robins, United Kingdom

Gemma Pepper, United Kingdom

Hanna Lisava, Germany

Isabel Salmon, United Kingdom

Jacek Orzeł, Poland

Pierre Portolano, France

Ryan Rogers, United States

Sawamaru Pokiru, Japan

Shabnam Maleki, Islamic Republic of Iran

Valentina Cipriany, Venezuela

Vanessa Fairfax-Woods

& Henry Woide, United Kingdom


Category Winner:

Vicente Ansola, Spain


Anargyros Dekavallas, Greece

Cigdem Ayyildiz, Turkey

Fernando Famiani, Italy

Hal Gage, United States

Julien Visse, France

Luis Manuel Vilariño Lopez, Spain

Manuel Schmidt, Germany

Marko From, Finland

Martin Morávek, Czech Republic

Muzaffer Murat İlhan, Turkey

Olivier Vauguin, France

Peter Leyer, Hungary

Stuart Chape, Australia

Tim Hodges, United Kingdom




Category Winner:

Utsab Ahamed Akash, Bangladesh


Catherine Falls, United Kingdom

Daniela Jaime Díaz, Colombia

Davide Agostini, Italy

Haikun Liang, China Mainland

Hend Wahdan, Egypt

Ivo Kiapes, Slovakia

Kantaya New, Singapore

Kishor Shrestha, Nepal

Marina Lattanzi, Argentina

Osman Maasoglu, Turkey

Roni Süslü, Turkey

Txema Lacunza Nasterra, Spain



Category Winner:

Leonardo Reyes-González, Mexico


Aleksandra Garbarczyk, Poland

Andre Boto, Portugal

Holger Bücker, Germany

Jonas Strandberg, Sweden

Klaus Lenzen, Germany

Marina Tsaregorodtseva, United Kingdom

Martin Rawle, United Kingdom

Maryia Sapego, Belarus

Masumi Shiohara, Japan

Paolo Paccagnella, Italy







Category Winner:

Thanh Nguyen Phuc, Vietnam


Alessandro Accordini, Italy

Ashok Gidwani, India

Claudia Magnani, Italy

Darshan Ganapathy, India

Eduard Gutescu, Romania

François Philippe, France

Hong Nguyen, Vietnam

Huu Binh Nguyen, Vietnam

Ioan Maga, Romania

Milad Nalbandiyan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Saravut Whanset, Thailand

Sujon Adikary, Bangladesh

Yang Shu, China Mainland

Yawar Abbas, Pakistan




Category Winner:

Raido Nurk, Estonia


Caroline Kearsley, United Kingdom

Chin Leong Teo, Singapore

Christine Abel, United States

Hiroki Nose, Japan

Isabela Eseverri, Venezuela

Izabela Lyson, Poland

Joachim Kiner, Germany

Oscar Seguel, Chile

Samiran Chakraborty, Bangladesh

Shiloh Garcia, Mexico

Tomohiko Funai, Japan

Yiming Yang, China Mainland

Zhenhuan Zhou, China Mainland



Category Winner:

Simone Corallini, Italy


Davide Limonta, Italy

Elaine Klein, Israel

Francesco Fantini, Italy

Maria Gutu, Moldova

Matthew Brown, South Africa

Olga Urbanek, Poland

Owen Harvey, United Kingdom

Siavosh Ejlali, Islamic Republic of Iran

Simon Murphy, United Kingdom

Tom Barnes, United Kingdom

Wagner Pena, Brazil


Category Winner:

Scott Wilson, United Kingdom


Albert Beukhof, Netherlands

Amish Chhagan, Zambia

Antonio Coelho, Portugal

Brice Tribollet, Switzerland

Dinorah Graue, Mexico

Ewa Jermakowicz, Poland

James Crombie, Ireland

Jessica Mohn, Germany

Liqiang Ma, China Mainland

Martyn Harris, United Kingdom

Memo Gómez, Colombia

Raquel Inés Correa Chiesa, Spain

Thomas Barry, Ireland

Tiho Trichkov, United States


Category Winner:

Etienne Souchon, France


Assaf Sharon, Israel

Beatrice Collado Orive, Spain

Davide Bonaldo, Italy

Elias Sarquis, Argentina

Emre Çakmak, Turkey

Jonathan White, United Kingdom

Juan Cruz Olivieri, Argentina

Li Ting, Taiwan

Ludovic Le Guyader, France

Miguel Angel Mínguez Corella, Spain

Nina TBerg, Germany

Seyed Ali, Islamic Republic of Iran

Shun Wang, China Mainland





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© Gerhard Hucke, Germany, Shortlist, Open competition, Architecture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Shabnam Maleki Islamic Republic of Iran, Shortlist, Open competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Sawamaru Pokiru, Japan, Shortlist, Open competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Cigdem Ayyildiz, Turkey, Shortlist, Open competition, Landscape, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

© Seyed Ali Hoseinifar, Islamic Republic of Iran, Shortlist, Open competition, Street Photography, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Manuel Schmidt, Germany, Shortlist, Open competition, Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Hanna Lisava, Germany, Shortlist, Open competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Christine Abel, United States, Shortlist, Open competition, Motion, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Olga Urbanek, Poland, Shortlist, Open competition, Portraiture, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Jacek Orzeł, Poland, Shortlist, Open competition, Creative, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Hong Nguyen, Vietnam, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Sujon Adikary, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Open competition, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

© Nguyen Phuc Thanh, Vietnam, Winner, Open competition, Travel, Sony World Photography Awards 2022

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