SOURCE: Sony Europe

Sony World Photography Awards

March 21, 2011 20:00 ET

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Open Winners Announced

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Ten extraordinary amateur photographers are today, Tuesday 22 March, announced as the Open category winners of the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards.

Beating competition from over 51,000 submissions from 148 counties, the winners are:

  • Action: Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong)
  • After Dark: Chumlong Nilkon (Thailand)
  • Architecture: Marek Troszczynski (Poland)
  • Arts & Culture: Hubert Januar (Indonesia)
  • Fashion: Edina Csoboth (Hungary)
  • Nature & Wildlife: Andiyan Lutfi (Indonesia)
  • Panoramic: Wolfgang Weinhardt (Germany)
  • People: Raghuranjan Sarkar (India)
  • Smile: Carlos Henrique Reinesch (Brazil)
  • Travel: James Chong (Singapore)

All the winning images will be exhibited as part of the World Photography Festival at London's Somerset House from 26 April - 22 May alongside the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards Professional competition. The photographs will also be published in the Winner's Book and each winning Open photographer will receive Sony digital SLR camera equipment as part of their prize.

The Sony World Photography Awards Open competition is for anyone with an interest in photography and photographers are judged on a single image. The winners were chosen by Francis Hodgson, British photography critic and Chair of the Honorary Judging Committee; Andrew Saunders, Vice President, Creative Imagery, Getty Images; Joseph Jean Rolland Dubé, Vice President, Content Development, iStockphoto; Yann Salmon-Legagneur, Senior Marketing Manager, Sony Europe and Paul Genge, Technical Marketing, Sony UK. The shortlists for the Open categories were selected by iStockphoto, the world's leading website for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements.

Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation commented: "The calibre and quality of the Open competition was superb this year and often equaled that of the Professional competition. It just goes to show that one can present stunning imagery within a single photograph, just as brilliantly as within a full body of work."

Tatsuya Akashi, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Europe, said: "The rising talent in the Open categories is truly inspiring and we are proud to be able to honour these wonderful photographers with the recognition they deserve and look forward to seeing them continue to grow this passion for years to come."

"This year's open competition for amateur photographers demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that photographic talent knows no geographical or creative boundaries," said Joseph Jean Rolland Dubé, Vice President, Content Development, iStockphoto, "It's a joy to participate in recognizing all of this new talent."

The overall winner of the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title will be announced on 27 April at a gala ceremony held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. They will receive a $5,000 cash prize as well as Sony digital SLR camera equipment and will be brought to London to collect their award.

Also at the ceremony, the winner of the coveted L'Iris D'Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year will be announced. They will receive $25,000 and professional Sony digital SLR camera equipment. The final presentation of the night will be in honour of the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography.

Notes to editors

  • To request an interview with the winning photographers, contact Colman Getty

  • Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and members of the jury are available for interview through Colman Getty

  • The winning images were selected from 51,878 Open category photography submissions from 148 countries

  • Images are available to download via the press area of Use of images must comply with terms and conditions. Password details are available from Colman Getty

  • Images submitted must have been taken in 2010 and judging is based on a single picture

  • Tickets to the World Photography Festival and Exhibition in London are available via

  • Created by the World Photography Organisation, the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. The World Photography Organisation supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community under the "World Photography" brand, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Also currently included within the World Photography portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Focus Programme and the World Photography Collection.

  • The WPO website - features an online gallery and news section. It also includes comprehensive information about the Awards, the categories, a current list of World Photographic Academy members, and key dates.

  • iStockphoto offers easy, affordable inspiration with millions of vetted, royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files. Using the most advanced search in the business, customers download a file every second from a collection of more than seven million files for business, marketing and personal projects. iStockphoto started in 2000, pioneering the micropayment photography business model, and has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStockphoto pays out more than $1.7 million weekly in artist royalties. iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.

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