The next edition of the Sony World Photography Awards is behind us. Among the awarded, among others, was Tomasz Padło.

The main prize – the Photographer of the Year and $ 25,000 – was awarded to British artist Alys Tomlinson for the Ex-Voto (Wotum) series. The jury emphasized the beauty of implementation, technical perfection and the sensitivity of presenting the pilgrimage as a revealing journey and sacrifice of higher power.

Alys Tomlinson won the Grand Prix

Alys Tomlinson was chosen from among 10 winners of the professional competition category, which were announced together with the winners of second and third places. The jury also gave the names of the winners of the other competitions: open (for the best single photo), youth and student. All winners were awarded an invitation to participate in the award ceremony, air tickets to London and the latest digital Sony camera equipment, and their works were published in the book of laureates and presented at the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 at London's Somerset House.

Winners of the Sony World Photohgraphy Awards 2018

In addition to Alys Tomlinson, many other photographers have been awarded in several categories. In addition to the main competition, prizes were also awarded in the student and youth competition for young people between 12 and 19 years old. Photographer of the Year in an open competition: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria. Photo Atanasova Early Autumn (Autumn early) was selected from among 10 works that won in each category of the open competition. His author, a computer scientist by profession, is a self-taught photographer and has been taking pictures since 2014. For the best single photo in the world, depicting autumn in the Central Balkans National Park, he received a prize of $ 5,000.

Winners and winners in professional categories

The world's best photography cycles chosen by the jury have a wide range of themes: from images that document the global cultural and political events to photographs of the natural world. ● Architecture: Gianmaria Gava (Italy) for the BuildingsII cycle: Edgar Martins (Portugal) / IIIrd place: Corentin Fohlen (France) ● Contemporary: Fredrik Lerneryd (Sweden) for the Slum BalletII cycle: Margaret Mitchell (Great Britain) / III place : Alfio Tommasini (Switzerland) ● Creativity: Florian Ruiz (France) for the White Contamination series II: Patricia Kühfuss (Germany) / IIIrd place: Eduardo Castaldo (Italy) ● Current events and news: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said (Malaysia) for the cycle Life Inside the Refugee CampII place: Luis Henry Agudelo Cano (Colombia) / 3rd place: Rasmus Flindt Pedersen (Denmark) ● Discovery: Alys Tomlinson (Great Britain) for Ex-VotoII cycle: Antonio Gibotta (Italy) / IIIrd place: Maria Petrenko (Ukraine) ● Landscape: Luca Locatelli (Italy) for the White GoldII cycle: Rohan Reilly (Ireland) / IIIrd place: Tomasz Padło (Poland) ● The world of nature and wild nature: Roselena Ramistella (Italy) for cyc l Deep LandII place: Mitch Dobrowner (USA) / IIIrd place: Wiebke Haas (Germany) ● Portrait: Tom Oldham (Great Britain) for the series The Last of The CroonersII place: Anush Babajanyan (Armenia) / III place: Andrew Quilty (Australia ) ● Sport: Balazs Gardi (Hungary) for the BuzkashiII cycle: Behnam Sahvi (Iran) / IIIrd place: Matteo Armellini (Italy) ● Still life: Edgar Martins (Portugal) for the Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death series, Life and Other InterludesII place : Tristan Spinski (USA) / IIIrd place: Werner Anderson (Norway) Photographer of the Year in the youth category: Megan Johnson, USA, 16 years old. Johnson won a competition for photographers in many 12-19 years. Her black and white photo of Still, taken on a cliff near a family home in Connecticut, shows the complex loneliness that a photographer experiences on a daily basis. Photographer of the Year in the student competition: Samuel Bolduc, Canada, 20 years. Among the works submitted by students from around the world, the jury chose the Bolduca series entitled The Burden. It perfectly demonstrates the physical weight of plastic garbage in the environment and the urgent need to put a dam against plastic pollution. Bolduc represented the College de Matane of Quebec. The prize for his university is Sony photographic equipment worth 30,000 euros. Award for outstanding contribution to photography: Candida Höfer The German artist Candida Höfer is one of the world's leading contemporary photographers. She is known for her precise methodology and technique, and her poignant paintings depicting large, empty interiors are found in collections all over the world. The awarded prize is a recognition of its contribution to the development of photography.

SWPA 2018 exhibition at Sommerserset Gouse



In London's Sommerset House, you can watch the work of all the finalists of this year's competition. The exhibition itself will last until May 6. It will also be possible to buy a featured album with photographs honored in this year's edition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2018.