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Sony World Photography Awards: 2022 National Awards Winners

Posted on February 10, 2022 - By World Photography Organization
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Sony World Photography Awards: 2022 National Awards Winners
Sony World Photography Awards: 2022 National Awards Winners

WINNERS ACROSS 61 COUNTRIES ANNOUNCED

The World Photography Organisation is delighted to reveal the National Award winners for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 61 countries taking part this year. Over 340,000 images from 211 territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 and over 170,000 were entered to the Open competition (from which the National Awards winner was selected).

New to this year's Awards is the Latin America National Awards initiative. Set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony Latin America this new format shines a spotlight on the region's vibrant and varied photographic community. Looking at talents from across Central America, South America and Mexico the Latin American National Awards rewards first, second and third place and a shortlist of six photographers.

All National Award winners receive Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book.

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 will be announced on the 12 April 2022 and will go on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London (13 April-2 May 2022). For more information about winners and shortlists please visit www.worldlphoto.org

This year's National Awards winners are:

Austria: Sonja Ivancsics
Bangladesh: Kazi Arifuzzaman
Belgium: Mathis Vandermeeren
Bulgaria: Minko Mihaylov
Cambodia: Sean Channal
Croatia: Majda Pavlekovic
Czech Republic: Martina Dimunova
Denmark: Sussi Charlotte Alminde
Egypt: Sherif Salem
Estonia: Raido Nurk
Finland: Damon Beckford
France: Patrick Bosc

Patrick Bosca

Rolling Boil, 2022 © Patrick Bosc , France, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


The model, Mathis Fugeray, was portrayed using the collodion process with silver on a 18x24cm glass plate. I used a vintage large format camera from 1910 with a 3B Petzval 290mm f/4 lens from Perken, Son and Rayment from circa 1890.

Germany: Frank Loddenkemper
Greece: Foteini Zaglara

Foteini Zaglara

Rolling Boil, 2022 © Foteini Zaglara , Greece, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


Hungary: Edina Csoboth
Iceland: Viktor Einar Vilhelmsson
India: Haider Khan
Indonesia: Metha Meiryna
Italy: Antonino Pellicano
Japan: Kaoru Sugiyama, Winner
Japan: Yasuhiro Takachi, 2nd Place
Japan: Mituhiro Okabe, 3rd Place
Kuwait: Mohammad Mirza

Mohammad Mirza

Giant Tusker, 2022 © Mohammad Mirza , Kuwait, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


I took this photo of a turquoise lake in Poland with a drone in Autumn 2021. Let us not be deceived by the blue colour of the water, or the colour of the sand. It is the result of human activity interfering with the natural environment. You cannot bathe in this lake, and the water is poisonous.

Republic of Korea –Wonyoung Choi, Winner
Republic of Korea: Wookeun Choi, 2nd Place
Republic of Korea: Jung Woon Park, 3rd Place
Latvia: Viktors Rimarevs
Lithuania: Virginija Mureikienė
Malaysia: Yih Chang Chew
Myanmar: Swe Tun
Nepal: Dikpal Thapa
Netherlands: Harrie Coehorst
Nigeria: Samakinwa Emmanuel Temitope
Norway: Hans Kristian Strand
Pakistan: Yawar Abbas
Philippines: Mariah Zamora
Poland: Marcin Giba

Marcin Giba

Turquoise Lake, 2022 © Marcin Giba, Poland, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


I took this photo of a turquoise lake in Poland with a drone in Autumn 2021. Let us not be deceived by the blue colour of the water, or the colour of the sand. It is the result of human activity interfering with the natural environment. You cannot bathe in this lake, and the water is poisonous.

Portugal: Jose Pessoa Neto
Qatar: Amal Prasad
Romania: Teodor Toma
Russian Federation: Marianna Smolina
Saudi Arabia: Mazin Alhassan
Serbia: Vladimir Zivojinovic
Singapore: Chin Leong Teo
Slovakia: Filip Hrebenda
Slovenia: Matjaž Šimic
South Africa: Tshabalala Bongani

Tshabalala Bongani

Montsho, 2022 © Tshabalala Bongani South Africa, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


Montsho, meaning ‘black’, is a word used in South Africa to make fun of a dark-skinned person. This photograph explores the emotional effects of childhood teasing: depression and low self-esteem. Montsho opens conversations around the representation of the black body and black lives, challenging the idea that blackness is homogenous. For me this photograph is about both destruction and preservation; it’s about what we choose to embrace after going through trauma.

Spain: Mariano Belmar Torrecilla
Sweden: Peter Angvarson
Switzerland: Tinu Müller
Taiwan: Chihao Wang
Thailand: Kunuch Chutmongkolporn
Turkey: Cigdem Ayyildiz
United Arab Emirates: Salem Alsawafi
United States: Jenny Zhao
Vietnam: Thanh Nguyen Phuc


Thanh Nguyen Phuc

Bike with Flowers, 2022 ©Thanh Nguyen Phuc Vietnam, Winner, National Awards, Travel, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards


A hundred years ago there were just 36 streets and now there are many more, but the street culture remains strong in Hanoi. There are lots of shops in the main streets but people in the old streets prefer to get serviced by mobile street vendors. I spent a weekend following street vendors and found that they were walking or riding their bikes all day. Here is one of my favourite moments.

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