Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition review


It's the final week of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2017 with Martin Parr! You can get 30% OFF with our exclusive code MUMS30. Visit Somerset House before 7 May! It's great for the kids to learn how to take good photos.  The exhibition showcases the winning, shortlisted and commended images from the world's leading photography competition. It also presents a unique selection of images, books and film from legendary photographer Martin Parr. Families can enjoy a variety of different genres from Architecture, Daily life, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife and more. A perfect day out with the family!


  What I love about this exhibition which I have seen every every for the past 10 years, is that it tells the story of our times through stunning photography. The images capture the sentiments and spirit of our era across the world. These pictures do not simply encompass the terrible aspects of life in these troubled times but also capture some of the joys and loveliness in each environment. Some of my favourite photographs include the compelling and inspirational work of Daily life runners' up Christina Simons from Iceland who shot images of the little bullfighters of Mexico.  

  She followed two 6 year old boys who attend Matador training school in Mexico City to become professional toreros.  Christina managed to frame the innocence and the tenacity in the eyes of these children.      I love the fact that many other female photographers were listed among the winners. Michelle Daiana Gentile won the Student Photographer of the Year award and received €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for her university in Argentina.

Her photography collection under the title Only Hope showcases an old paper factory based in Argentina. Youth Photographer of the Year Katelyn Wang (16) from Los Angeles won for her picture On Top of the World showing the stunning landscape of Lake Pehoé in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.

Professional category winner Tasneem Alsultan from Saudi Arabia picked up the prize for Contemporary Issues - brilliant photographs giving us an insight into the hardships of women in Saudi Arabia - something that is rarely displayed publicly.    As part of this year's awards, British photographer Martin Parr  was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Photography. Images from his 40 year career are on exhibit at London’s Somerset House as well including early black and white photographs.   One of favorite Parr's images is the one of the leaning Tower of Pisa where people are posing pretending they are pushing it back to straight position. It's from 1990 but extremely current as this is still a popular activity around the famous Tuscan landmark.   

Belgian Frederik Buyckx was crowned Photographer of the Year and won the Lanscape prize. His picture Whiteout captures the transformation of nature when winter comes, ice starts to dominate the landscape and humans with animals deal with the extreme weather, the struggle against a whiteout.

Sony received 227,000 entries from 183 countries and runs the world's largest photography competition.   

This is the full list of winners and runners-up:  



Architecture winner: Dongni, China 

Conceptual winner - Sabine Cattaneo, Switzerland

Contemporary Issues winner - Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia

Current Affairs & News winner - Alessio Romenzi, Italy 

Daily Life winner: Sandra Hoyn, Germany 

Landscape winner: Frederik Buyckx, Belgium 

Natural World winner: Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom

Portraiture winner: George Mayer, Russian Federation

Still Life winner: Henry Agudelo    , Columbia

Sport winner: Yuan Peng, China



  Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation     


Katelyn Wang, US  


Michelle Daiana Gentile, Argentina    


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