The Winning Photos of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners of the 2019 photo contest.

Italian photographer Federico Borella was named Photographer of the Year (and the 1st place winner in Documentary) for his project Five Degrees, which focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, which is experiencing its worst drought in 140 years. The series was praised by the competition’s jury for “its sensitivity, technical excellence and artistry in bringing to light a global concern.”

Photo by Federico Borella
Photo by Federico Borella

Along with the award, Borella receives a $25,000 cash prize and Sony camera equipment.

Here are the other winning photographers across the major categories:

Architecture: Winner: Stephan Zirwes, Germany for series Cut Outs – Pools 2018

Photo by Stephan Zirwes

Brief: Winner: Rebecca Fertinel, Belgium for series Ubuntu – I Am Because We Are

Photo by Rebecca Fertinel

Creative: Winner: Marinka Masséus, Netherlands for the series Chosen [not] to be

Photo by Marinka Masséus

Discovery: Winner: Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni, Italy for the series Güle Güle

Photo by Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni

Landscape: Winner: Yan Wang Preston, UK for the series To the South of the Colourful Clouds

Photo by Yan Wang Preston

Natural World & Wildlife: Winner: Jasper Doest, Netherlands for the series Meet Bob

Photo by Jasper Doest.

Portraiture: Winner: Álvaro Laiz, Spain for the series The Edge

Photo by Álvaro Laiz.

Sport: Winner: Alessandro Grassani, Italy for the series Boxing Against Violence: The Female Boxers Of Goma

Photo by Alessandro Grassani.

Still Life: Winner: Nicolas Gaspardel & Pauline Baert, France for the series Yuck

Photo by Nicolas Gaspardel & Pauline Baert.

Open Photographer of the Year – Christy Lee Rogers, USA

Photo by Christy Lee Rogers

Youth Photographer of the Year – Zelle Westfall, USA, age 18

Photo by Zelle Westfall.

Student Photographer of the Year – Sergi Villanueva, Spain, Universidad Jaume I, age 25

Photo by Sergi Villanueva.

You can find a full gallery of winning photographers and photos on the Sony World Photography Awards website (including 2nd and 3rd place winners).

Image credits: Header photos by Federico Borella


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