2014 Sony World Photography Awards: 40 Breathtaking Winning Photos Revealed

Jump of Life

Cheung Lai San, Hong Kong
Hong Kong National Award – 1st Place

  Winner, Hong Kong, National Awards: In July each year, a heart-pounding scene of wildebeest migration repeats itself in Kenya. (© Chi Hung Cheung, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)

Winner, Hong Kong, National Awards: In July each year, a heart-pounding scene of wildebeest migration repeats itself in Kenya.(© Chi Hung Cheung, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)

The winners for the Open, Youth and National Award competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today by the World Photography Organisation (WPO).

The following 40 winning breathtaking pictures have been selected from more than 70,000 entries from across the world. The achievement of each of the winners from across the three competitions is extraordinary - both in terms of the number of photographs they have been chosen from but also that the photographers themselves are not professionals, but individuals who are passionate about photography, enthusiasts and amateurs.

All three competitions were judged on a single shot and prizes range from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.  

Photography is a language that transcends national  borders and cultures, race, gender and social background. Its poetry touches the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in these awards. No two of this year’s Open category winners are from the same country but all  share the ability to visually interpret the world around them in a unique and captivating way. The winning and shortlisted images demonstrate this gift with aplomb.” Nigel Atherton, Jury Chair

 

Rain in an ancient town

Chen Li, China
Open Travel – Winner

 © Chen Li, China, Winner, Open Travel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Chen Li, China, Winner, Open Travel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Poor god 

Arup Ghosh, India
Open People – Winner

 © Arup Ghosh, India, Winner, Open People, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Arup Ghosh, India, Winner, Open People, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

What are you staring at !?

Chin Boon Leng, Singapore
Singapore National Award – 1st Place

 © Chin Boon Leng, Singapore, 1st place, Singapore National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Chin Boon Leng, Singapore, 1st place, Singapore National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Under the staircase

Holger Schmidtke, Germany
Open Architecture – Winner

 © Holger Schmidtke, Germany, Winner, Open Architecture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Holger Schmidtke, Germany, Winner, Open Architecture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer story – Behind the Scene

Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia
Open Split Second – Winner

 © Hairul Azisi Harun, Malaysia, Winner, Open Split Second, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Hairul Azisi Harun, Malaysia, Winner, Open Split Second, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

A touch of a 17th century Dutch painting

Theo de Witte, the Netherlands
Netherlands National Award – 1st Place

 © Theo de Witte, Netherlands, 1st place, Netherlands National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Theo de Witte, Netherlands, 1st place, Netherlands National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Starry lighthouse

Ivan Pedretti,
Italy Open Panoramic – Winner

 © Ivan Pedretti, Italy, Winner, Open Panoramic, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Ivan Pedretti, Italy, Winner, Open Panoramic, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Fire Dragon

Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong
Hong Kong National Award – 2nd Place

 © Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards/Panos

© Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards/Panos

Hummingbird

Kristhian Castro, Colombia
Colombia National Award – 2nd Place

 © Kristhian Castro, Colombia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Kristhian Castro, Colombia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Samsara

Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany
Germany National Award – 3rd Place

 © Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Exit

Michael Nordqvist, Sweden
Nordics National Award – 1st Place

 © Michael Nordqvist, Sweden, 1st Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Michael Nordqvist, Sweden, 1st Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Not Superman

Irwansyah, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 1st Place

 © Irwansyah, Indonesia, 1st place, Indonesia National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Irwansyah, Indonesia, 1st place, Indonesia National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Panco

Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 2nd Place

 © Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Tin Oven Builders

Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
Vietnam National Award – 3rd Place

 © Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Rodeo

Valerie Prudon, France
Open Arts & Culture – Winner

 © Valerie Prudon, France , Winner, Open Arts & Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Valerie Prudon, France , Winner, Open Arts & Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Mongol

Simon Morris, United Kingdom
United Kingdom National Award – 2nd Place

 © Simon Morris, United Kingdom, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Simon Morris, United Kingdom, 2nd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Calm Before the Storm

Sean Batten, United Kingdom
United Kingdom National Award – 1st Place

 © Sean Batten, United Kingdom, 1st Place National Award, Sony World Photography Awards

© Sean Batten, United Kingdom, 1st Place National Award, Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled

Elly Prestegard, Norway
Nordics National Award – 2nd Place

 © Elly Prestegard, 2nd Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Elly Prestegard, 2nd Place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled

Bobby Bong, Indonesia
Indonesia National Award – 3rd Place

 © Bobby Bong, Indonesia, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Bobby Bong, Indonesia, 3rd Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The inhabitant of Szack of Ukraine and her horse

Mateusz Baj, Poland
Poland National Award – 1st Place

 © Mateusz Baj, Poland , 1st place, Poland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Mateusz Baj, Poland , 1st place, Poland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Sahara Express

Rafael Gutiérrez Garitano, Spain
Spain National Award – 1st Place

 © Rafael Gutiérrez Garitano, Spain, 1st place, Spain National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Rafael Gutiérrez Garitano, Spain, 1st place, Spain National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Organillero

Cristian Alvarado, Chile
Chile National Award – 1st Place

 © Cristian Alvarado, Chile, 1st place, Chile National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Cristian Alvarado, Chile, 1st place, Chile National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Ripples in the calm lake

Dowon Choi, South Korea
South Korea National Award – 1st Place

 © Dowon Choi, Korea, 1st place, Korea National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Dowon Choi, Korea, 1st place, Korea National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Going Home

Neville Jones, Australia
Australia National Award – 1st Place

 © Neville Jones, Australia, 1st Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Neville Jones, Australia, 1st Place National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Mourning ceremony Imam Hussein

Bohran Mardani, Iran
Youth Culture – Winner

 © Bohran Mardani, Iran, Winner, Youth Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Bohran Mardani, Iran, Winner, Youth Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled

Andrew Cornaga, New Zealand
New Zealand National Award – 2nd Place

 © Andrew Cornaga, New Zealand, 2nd Place New Zealand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Andrew Cornaga, New Zealand, 2nd Place New Zealand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Confesiones

Luis Chandi Páez, Ecuador
Ecuador National Award – 1st Place

 © Luis Chandi Páez, Ecuador, 1st place, Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Luis Chandi Páez, Ecuador, 1st place, Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Facing the Deep

Patrick Ems, Switzerland
Switzerland National Award – 1st Place

 © Patrick Ems, Switzerland, 1st place, Switzerland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Patrick Ems, Switzerland, 1st place, Switzerland National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Morning Fishing

Trinh Xuan Hai, Vietnam
Vietnam National Award – 1st Place

 © Trinh Xuan Hai, Vietnam, 1st place, Vietnam National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Trinh Xuan Hai, Vietnam, 1st place, Vietnam National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Lightning

Lise Sundberg
Nordics National Award – 3rd Place

 © Lise Sundberg, 3rd place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Lise Sundberg, 3rd place Nordics National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Lightsnake

Holger Schmidtke, Germany
Germany National Award – 1st Place

 © Holger Schmidtke, Germany, 1st place, Germany National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Holger Schmidtke, Germany, 1st place, Germany National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Life and line

Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh
Youth Environment – Winner

 © Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh, Winner, Youth Environment, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh, Winner, Youth Environment, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

First Snow

Vlad Eftenie, Romania
Open Low Light – Winner

 © Vlad Eftenie, Romania, Winner, Open Low Light, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Vlad Eftenie, Romania, Winner, Open Low Light, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Fire Breath

David Carchi, Ecuador
Ecuador National Award – 3rd Place

 © David Carchi, Ecuador, 3rd Place Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© David Carchi, Ecuador, 3rd Place Ecuador National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled

Minwei Yan, China
China National Award – 3rd Place

 © Minwei Yan, China, 3rd Place China National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Minwei Yan, China, 3rd Place China National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Children Day

Suthas Rungsirisilp, Thailand
Thailand National Award – 1st Place

 © Suthas Rungsirisilp, Thailand, 1st place, Thailand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Suthas Rungsirisilp, Thailand, 1st place, Thailand National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled

Paulina Metzscher, Germany
Youth Portraits – Winner

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Smiles in the Cemetery

Milko Torres Ramirez, Peru
Peru National Award – 1st Place

 © Milko Torres Ramirez, Peru, 1st place, Peru National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Milko Torres Ramirez, Peru, 1st place, Peru National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Muddy Smile

Alpay Erdem, Turkey
Open Smile – Winner

 © Alpay Erdem, Turkey, Open Smile Winner, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

© Alpay Erdem, Turkey, Open Smile Winner, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

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