Improbable winners from the Sony World Pictures Awards 2021

(Pocket-lint) – Over 100 photographers have been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 and now 10 class winners have been introduced. 

These shortlisted photographers will now go on to compete for the celebrated Open Photographer of the Yr title and a $5,000 (USD) reward. As you’ll be able to think about, the initially submitted pictures have been improbable and little question the judges had a tough time selecting the winners. 

Listed here are the ten on your enjoyment, however we would additionally suggest having a look at the full galleries to see an exquisite choice of improbable images from all over the world. 

© Khanh Phan, Vietnam, Category Winner, Open, Travel, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Drying Fish

Khanh Phan from Vietnam received the award for the journey class of the Open competitors of the Sony World Pictures Awards 2021, with this aerial picture of a fish employee. 

Lots of of trays of fish may be seen drying in crates creating great strains for the attention to take pleasure in. 

“A lady dries trays of fish at Lengthy Hai fish market within the Vung Tau province of Vietnam. Hundreds of trays of scad are dried on rooftops and in yards by a whole lot of staff. I got here to Lengthy Hai on a photograph journey and was overwhelmed by the size of the fishing village.”

© F.Dilek Uyar, Turkey, Category Winner, Open, Street Photography, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


This picture by F.Dilek Uyar sees a lone employee disinfecting an in any other case unoccupied prepare station. It was chosen because the class winner for the road images class. A easy, but poignant picture of somebody performing some vital work in these troubling occasions. 

“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Well being Affairs unit of Ankara Municipality sprays all public transportation, day and evening.”

Copyright: © Lyudmila Sabanina, Russian Federation, Category Winner, Open, Portraiture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


Typically it is the only pictures that deserve probably the most reward.

This one by Lyudmila Sabanina from the Russian Federation reveals a younger little one sitting on a desk whereas gazing into the space, seemingly misplaced in contemplation. This picture received the portraiture class.

“One other facet of childhood: contemplation and calm.”

© Kata Zih, Hungary, Category Winner, Open, Object, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


The winner of the thing class comes courtesy of Kata Zih and as soon as once more reveals one other photographer utilizing imagery as a commentary concerning the pandemic. 

A easy lone tailor’s model speaks of stillness and loneliness. A well-recognized feeling for folks in lockdown over the previous few months. 

© Cristo Pihlamäe, Estonia, Category Winner, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Little Kiss

A properly easy but satisfying view of a rabbit has been topped the winner of the Pure World & Wildlife class. Cristo Pihlamäe from Estonia shared this amusing image of a hare looking into the sector with its tongue protruding and it was sufficient for the judges to deem a winner. 

© Marijo Maduna, Croatia, Category Winner, Open, Motion, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Lady Energy

A splendidly composed photograph reveals a lone girl leaping off a cliff as her associates watch. This photograph by Marijo Maduna from Croatia was chosen because the winner for the movement class and it is easy to see why. Nice framing, a way of hazard and an excellent ambiance too. 

“A younger lady reveals off her abilities, diving from a cliff on the island of Lokrum in Croatia. “

© Mariano Belmar , Spain, Category Winner, Open, Lifestyle, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Dias de playa

The winner of the approach to life class, this picture by Mariano Belmar Torrecilla reveals a spot we would in all probability all wish to be now – on the seashore within the summertime. 

“Summer season, Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Alicante, seashore and morning stroll: a lifestyle.”

© Juan López Ruiz, Spain, Category Winner, Open, Landscape, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Electrical Storm on Lavender

Juan López Ruiz received the panorama class with one of the crucial stunning views of nature we have seen on this listing. An excellent little bit of timing exhibiting majestic lightening backdropping beautiful lavender fields. 

“Electrical storm above a solitary tree within the lavender fields of Brihuega, Guadalajara, Spain.”

© Tamary Kudita, Zimbabwe, Category Winner, Open, Creative, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

African Victorian

Time for one thing somewhat extra artistic, this picture by Tamary Kudita unsurprisingly received the artistic class and reveals an uncommon portrait of an African girl in a Victorian-style costume backdropped by wild environment. 

“With this picture, I wished to painting a hybrid African-Victorian: my manner of probing the stereotypical contextualisation of the black feminine physique. I present another model of actuality, the place dualities fuse to create a brand new visible language. Taking a Victorian costume and merging it with conventional shona cooking utensils was my manner of exhibiting a multifaceted identification.”

© Klaus Lenzen, Germany, Category Winner, Open, Architecture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The Blue Window

Klaus Lenzen’s photograph referred to as The Blue Window was chosen because the structure winner. A weirdly framed picture that appears to point out stairs connected to nothing and stretching off to a different world.

“The Blue Window, depicting a ramp of stairs on the Hyatt resort in Düsseldorf ascending in direction of a window from which a view of clear blue skies is mirrored. Seemingly floating in house, the steps and window are framed in darkish shadows that spotlight the design whereas additionally including a component of surrealism.”

Writing by Adrian Willings.

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