Behind us, the next Sony World Photography Awards, called photo Oscars. See the best pictures of 2019.

A red carpet, a great gala at the Hilton and the best photographers from around the world. Sony World Photography Awards is a photographic gala with great momentum. Every year, tens of thousands of photographers from around the world report their photographs. Against the background of other competitions, SWPA is characteristic in its own way. Win gives the photographer a chance to feel like a star, because the awards gala takes place in the banquet hall of the London Hilton hotel, where several hundred journalists from all over the world are appearing.

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For photographers, this is a unique opportunity to show yourself to the world. Winners can present themselves to the world, make friends, and in addition win prizes, including in the form of cameras. No wonder that the number of applications is so great. The organizers emphasize that this year not only the number of works was record-breaking, but also their level was exceptionally high. A characteristic feature of this competition is also that it has a very wide range of categories, which means that almost everyone can apply to it. The creators have predicted the category for the youngest, from the age of twelve. There is also no student category. In addition , the best photographs from each country are selected. Among the winners, there was also a Pole – Piotr Lenczewski.
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Every year, an acclaimed photographer is also honored for outstanding contribution to photography. This time its winner was Nadav Kander. His works include various genres – from romantic landscapes to celebrity portraits. The SWPA jurors have appreciated his versatile, meaningful and thoughtful contribution to this area of art. Here are the photos awarded in the main categories.

Winners of SWPA 2019

Architecture: Winner: Stephan Zirwes (Germany) for the Cut Outs – Pools 2018 series (CST_2]

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fot. Stephan Zirwes

Task: Winner: Rebecca Fertinel (Belgium) for the Ubuntu series – I Am Because We Are (Ubuntu – I'm because we are)
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fot. Rebecca Fertinel

Creativity: Winner: Marinka Masséus (Holland) for the Chosen series [not] to be
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fot. Marinka Masséus

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fot. Marinka Masséus

Discovery: Winners: Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni ( Italy) for the Güle Güle series (Goodbye)
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fot. Jean-Marc Caimi i Valentina Piccinni

fot. Jean-Marc Caimi i Valentina Piccinni

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fot. Jean-Marc Caimi i Valentina Piccinni

Document: Winner: Federico Borella (Italy) for the Five Degrees series fot. Federico Borella
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fot. Federico Borella

Landscape: Winner: Yan Wang Preston ( Great Britain) for the To the South of the Colorful Clouds series
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fot. Yan Wang Preston

fot. Yan Wang Preston

fot. Yan Wang Preston

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fot. Yan Wang Preston

The world of nature and wild nature: Winner: Jasper Doest (Holland) for the series Meet Bob (Meet Bob) [ CST_14]
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fot. Jasper Doest

Portrait: Winner: Álvaro Laiz (Spain) for The Edge series
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fot. Álvaro Laiz

Sport: Winner: Alessandro Grassani (Italy) for the Boxing Against Violence series: The Female Boxers Of Goma (Boxing Against Violence: Women-boxers from Goma)
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fot. Alessandro Grassani

Still Life: Winners: Nicolas Gaspardel and Pauline Baert (France) for the Yuck series
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fot. Nicolas Gaspardel i Pauline Baert

fot. Nicolas Gaspardel i Pauline Baert

fot. Nicolas Gaspardel i Pauline Baert

The main prize – Photographer of the Year and $ 25,000 – was awarded to an Italian artist Federico Borella at a gala in London entitled Five Degrees. The jury appreciated his sensitivity, technical perfection and the way of using art to draw attention to the global problem. The Sony World Photography Awards competition is a global platform of initiatives related to photography, giving an insight into contemporary trends in this field of art. Participating photographers – both recognized and beginners – have a unique opportunity to present their achievements to the world.

Sony World Photography Awards 2019 – where to see

All awarded and honored works can be viewed on the official competition website . If, however, you have the opportunity to be in London, you can also see the exhibition live in the Somerset House gallery over the next few weeks .