Sony World Photography Awards Announced

One photo, one photographer, one nation. A whopping 190,000 images were submitted into the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards open competition, out of which judges selected a single winning image from each of 63 countries. These photos are a small sampling of those National Awards winners.

Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong, Thailand (top)
Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan
Equipment: Sony a7S II, Sony FE 28mm F2 lens
Photographer’s comments: “I waited and waited and waited until the sun shone down to brighten Fujisan and the red color of the maple trees and kochia shrubs.”

© Marcus Westberg

Marcus Westberg, Sweden
Watering hole, Onguma Nature Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens
Photographer’s comments: “There’s a fair bit of humor in it, from the angle of the drinking giraffe and his missing head to the zebra that appears to be laughing at him. But it’s still a pretty solid image, too—low angle, a fair amount of symmetry, and there’s enough going on without the image becoming too busy, which was a major consideration for converting it to black and white.”

© Jacek Patora

Jacek Patora, Poland
Location: 25th of April Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM lens
Photographer’s comments: “The light and the shadows played a big role. People’s silhouettes complement the picture and show the scale of the bridge.”

© Matthias Pall

Matthias Pall, Austria
Subway station, Vienna
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens
Photographer’s comments: “The photo shows that the real beauty of a woman is connected to her inner world; it is something that comes from her inside. … It takes keen intuition to bring people out of their shells and to hit the button at the same time. You cannot learn this at any workshop.”