An Instant World, Iceland. Freezing view of the Seljalandsfoss in southern Iceland. Second Place, National Awards for China. Photo: Sutie Yang, China
Aimed at supporting the best regional photographers across more than 60 countries around the globe, the Sony World Photography Awards National has released its list of 2020 winners from a record number of more than 190,000 entries.
One photographer from each nation has been honored for a single, stand-alone image and all will showcase their work for a global audience at the renowned Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibition, to take place at Somerset House, London, from April 17 to May 4.
The 2020 Sony World Photography Awards received a record-breaking 350,000 submissions to its Open category, which spans a number of themed sections, all seeking the best single photograph from either amateur or professional photographers.
All entries in the Open category automatically qualify for the National Award based on the photographer’s nationality.
The selection of winning photos includes a singular and diverse variety of images from gorgeously-framed drone shots and wildlife scenes to surreal and fantastic portraits.
All the winning images can be seen here.
That’s Nothing to Laugh About, Wallabi Point, New South Wales, Australia. Winner, National Awards,2020 Sony World Photography Awards. PHOTO: Adam Stevenson, Australia - National Awards 2020
“As I watched the sun set through the smoke, a kookaburra appeared and allowed me to walk right up to it,” explains the photographer, who won the national award for Australia with this powerful image taken on his iPhone X after devastating bushfires swept through Wallabi Point in New South Wales, near his home. “We shared a moment watching the sun fade behind the apocalyptic scene…He was laughing.”
Descend From Above, Mongolia. Winner, National Awards, 2020. PHOTO: Kok Tien Sang, Malaysia
Hundred of horses are galloping when the sun is about to shine its last ray. It’s traditionally said that “a Mongol without a horse is like a bird without a wing,” the photographer said.
Red day, Japan, Autumn day at Kawaguchigo Lake. Winner, National Awards for Thailand. PHOTO: Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong, Thailand.
All winners of the National Awards receive Sony digital imaging equipment, have their work showcased to a global audience at the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibition in London and are published in the Sony World Photography Awards book.
The overall winner of the Photographer of the Year 2020 title will be announced during the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 ceremony in London on April 16. The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards open contest and youth contest also will be announced at the same event.