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Overall Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Posted on April 12, 2022 - By World Photography Organisation
Overall Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022
Overall Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022
The World Photography Organisation is delighted to announce the overall winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2022. The acclaimed photographer Adam Ferguson (Australia) has won the Photographer of the Year title and accompanying $25,000 (USD) cash prize and a range of Sony digital imaging kit. Also announced are the ten category winners alongside 2nd and 3rd place of the Professional competition as well as overall winners of the Open, Student and Youth competitions.

Winners are revealed in a celebratory announcement video featuring interviews and reactions from winning photographers, available to view via

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition opens at Somerset House, London from 13 April - 2 May 2022, featuring over 300 prints and hundreds of additional images in digital displays from winning and shortlisted photographers. Also presented are works by this year's Outstanding Contribution to Photography, the renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Adam Ferguson

© Adam Ferguson, Australia, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Stephanie Solano, age 17, from Zacapa, Guatemala. She takes a portrait of herself at an informal migrant camp at a municipal park in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico on 3 May 2021

Adam Ferguson

© Adam Ferguson, Australia, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Doris Maria Lara Caballero, age 31, is a migrant from Department Cortés, Honduras. She takes a portrait of herself at the Enrique Romero Municipal Gymnasium in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico on 30 April 2021

Migrantes is a series of black and white self-portraits of migrants in Mexico, taken as they waited to cross the border into the United States. Photographed in collaboration with the subjects, Ferguson set- up the scene for each image, mounting a medium format camera on a tripod with a cable release and then stepped back, allowing the individuals to choose the moment of capture and participate in the process of documenting their lives.

In February 2021, after a change of presidential administrations in the US, migrants from Central and South America surged on the US-Mexican border. Photographs of fraught migrants carrying their belongings, clinging to loved ones and caught in the flashes of photographers' strobes were circulating in the media. While Ferguson noted the importance of this photojournalism, he noticed a distinct lack of photography from the Mexican side of the border, especially images that gave the migrants any measure of agency.

With this in mind, Ferguson pitched the project to h is editor at the New York Times and secured the commission to travel to Juarez and Reynosa for 11 days over April and May, 2021. His approach to the project was inspired by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin's Ghetto - a visual journey through 12 modern ghettos including the Rene Vallejo Psychiatric Hospital in Cuba in which the former artist duo gave patients control over the release shutter.

Accompanied by Mexican journalists Ernesto Rodríguez, Silvia Cruz, Noe Gea Medina and Laura Monica Cruz Flores, Ferguson approached migrants staying in shelters near the border, recording their often harrowing stories and working with them to stage and capture the image in a relaxed space where they would feel less self-conscious. He chose black and white film as a way of cancelling the chaotic medley of background colours and stripping the image down to its emotional value. The resulting series presents a poignant portrait of people suspended in time while in search of a more prosperous life.

Commenting on Ferguson's winning project, Mike Trow, Chair of the 2021 Professional competition says: ‘What Adam Ferguson has done on the US / Mexico border with migrant families and individuals is deeply compassionate and moving. This set of portraits speaks volumes about how moral intentionality and respect can help avoid some of that sense of manipulation and invasion of the private which photography is often accused of. By giving his subjects the shutter release Adam hands a certain power to the sitter to make that decision on how to be perceived. These photographs are beautiful, meaningful and kind. There were other stories that we as a jury admired deeply but Adam's series stood out because it speaks so eloquently and warmly of people under hardship but who hold on to their decency and love regardless of place and wealth.'

Commenting on his win Ferguson says: Through collaborating with migrants, this series of photographs was an attempt to make images that inspired empathy, rather than sympathy. By surrendering the control of capture and giving each migrant agency in the process of their representation, I hoped to subvert the narrative of marginalization and create a story that felt more human, relatable and honest. I'm grateful to the brave and resilient individuals who agreed to work with me, and receive this award on behalf of them also. Winning the Photographer of the Year award gives this story another life. It allows a new audience to connect with the important stories of the individuals who shared their story with me.

Winning photographers in the Professional competition have been selected by a panel of expert judges for submitting an outstanding body of work of five to ten images, ranging from stories of political and climate crises, to personal meditations on family and loss, and creative approaches to still life and nature photography.

All category winners receive Sony's digital imaging kit. This year's winners are:

WINNER: Domagoj Burilović (Croatia) for his series Dorf
Finalists: 2nd place Javier Arcenillas (Spain); 3rd place Yun Chi Chen (Taiwan)

Domagoj Burilović

© Domagoj Burilović, Croatia, Winner, Professional, Architecture & Design, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

The photo is a photo montage of a historic village house and local forests and plants taken in the Croatian agricultural region of Slavonia. The photo is part of a broader story about the mass exodus of people from the region. The photo montage was created in 2021 and its parts were shot in 2020 and 2021.

WINNER: Alnis Stakle (Latvia) for his series Mellow Apocalypse
Finalists: 2nd place Raphael Neal (United Kingdom); 3rd place Sarah Grethe (Germany)

Alnis Stakle

© Alnis Stakle, Latvia, Winner, Professional, Creative, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Mellow Apocalypse: I am interested in the fate of canonised artistic, scientific and journalistic images and their potential to embody contemporary meanings. For my collages, I have used images from the open source collections at art museums, scientific institutions and image banks, whose archives may be considered iconic testimonies of the present and the past. The collages are grounded in my search for syntactic visual language connections pertaining to various periods, media and domains of visual culture. The collages make use of the ideas and technical codes established in visual communication that transcend the borderlines of ages, media and cultures:the codes that are so deeply ingrained in culture that they are used without thinking, and are understood through pre-existing schemas in the recipients’ minds.

WINNER: Jan Grarup (Denmark) for his series The Children of the Financial Collapse in Venezuela
Finalists: 2nd place Fabian Ritter (Germany); 3rd place Win McNamee (United States)

Jan Grarup

Venezuelan Migrant, Colombia © Jan Grarup, Denmark, Winner, Professional, Documentary Projects, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

A Venezuelan mother and her young child wait for relief aid in the border city between Venezuela and Colombia. New families arrive daily, with the rising cost of living in Venezuela, and lack of jobs.

WINNER: Shunta Kimura (Japan) for his series Living in the Transition
Finalists: 2nd place Gideon Mendel (South Africa); 3rd place Giacomo d'Orlando (Italy)

Shunta Kimura

Living in the Transition pt.2 © Shunta Kimura, Japan, Winner, Professional, Environment, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

A man carries a large quantity of straw on his head.

WINNER: Line Dubois (Italy) for the series Life on Earth
Finalists: 2nd place Andrius Repšys (Lithuania); 3rd place Gareth Iwan Jones (United Kingdom)

Line Dubois

The Fertility Goddess © Line Dubois, Italy, Winner, Professional, Landscape, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

A volcanic spring in the Icelandic Highlands in summer. Although the window for proliferation is short, life springs and perpetuates around the water source.

WINNER: Hugh Fox (United Kingdom) for his submission Portfolio
Finalists: 2nd place Julian Anderson (United Kingdom); 3rd place Anna Neubauer (Austria)

Hugh Fox

Smokey © Hugh Fox, United Kingdom, Winner, Professional, Portfolio, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

During lockdown, I photographed my family a lot – this is our cat, Smokey, who spends a lot of his time doing this. It's something we all ended up doing a lot of...

WINNER: Adam Ferguson (Australia) for his series Migrantes
Finalists: 2nd place George Tatakis (Greece); 3rd place Brent Stirton (South Africa)

Adam Ferguson

Migrantes 01 © Adam Ferguson, Australia, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

arlos Soyos, age 34, from Guatemala City, Guatemala and his son Enderson, age 8, Soyos take a portrait at the El Buen Samaritano migrants shelter in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico on 28 April 2021.

WINNER: Ricardo Teles (Brazil) for his series Kuarup
Finalists: 2nd place Adam Petty (Australia); 3rd place Roman Vondrouš (Czech Republic)

Ricardo Teles

Afukuri Parade © Ricardo Teles, Brazil, Winner, Professional, Sport, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Kuikuro people – men, women and children – parade at the beginning of Kuarup in the village Afukuri.

WINNER: Haruna Ogata (Japan) & Jean-Etienne Portail (France) for their series Constellation
Finalists: 2nd place Cletus Nelson Nwadike (Sweden); 3rd place Alessandro Gandolfi (Italy)

Haruna & Jean Etienne Ogata & Portail

Construction 0216 © Haruna & Jean Etienne Ogata & Portail, Japan, Winner, Professional, Still Life, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

These images were taken in a studio in Paris, in September 2020 – for the pure creation of a still life photo

WINNER: Milan Radisics (Hungary) for his series The Fox's Tale
Finalists: 2nd place Federico Borella (Italy); 3rd place Oana Baković (Romania)

Milan Radisics

In the Limelight © Milan Radisics, Hungary, Winner, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

Roxy on the porch of a traditional, 180-year-old house. The whole yard has become the fox’s playground. It sniffs around the whole courtyard and examines every cranny, biting new objects and jumping on familiar ones. Working exclusively at night allowed me to get creative with lighting. In some images, I used dramatic, studio-like lighting, while in others I balanced my flashes with ambient light. It was a wonderful opportunity to develop skills.

The Open competition celebrates the power of single images. Winning photographs are selected for their ability to communicate a remarkable visual narrative combined with technical excellence. Chosen from ten Open category winners, Scott Wilson (United Kingdom) is Open Photographer of the Year 2022 and the recipient of the $5,000 (USD) cash prize, Sony's digital imaging equipment and global exposure.

Wilson won for his powerful photograph Anger Management entered in the Natural World & Wildlife category. The black and white image depicts a dirt-caked wild mustang kicking up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado. The picture was taken shortly after the stallion plunged himself into a mud pool - protection from summer bugs - and while pounding the ground to let competing males know he was ready to fight for his spot at a nearby watering hole.

Speaking of his win Wilson says: ‘It's an absolute honour to see Anger Management win Open Photographer of the Year 2022 in the Sony World Photography Awards. Viewing mustang behaviour in the wild is a raw and dynamic wildlife experience. The image tension is symbolic of the conservation challenges facing wild horses in the American West, where these treasured animals are being rounded up in record numbers and removed from public lands. By the end of 2022, there will be more wild horses in captivity than running free.'

Scott Wilson

Anger Management © Scott Wilson, United Kingdom, Winner, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

A wild mustang stallion kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado.

Ezra Bohm (Netherlands) of the Nederlandse Acedemie voor Beeldcreatie has been awarded Student Photographer of the Year 2022, winning €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for his institution. Bohm was chosen for his series The Identity of Holland, created in response to the brief Connections which challenged students to present a story that highlights how they, or someone they have documented, interact with the world. For his winning series Bohm photographed the residents of close-knit communities in the Netherlands who maintain a traditional way of life, highlighting their extraordinarily detailed customary dress and their connection to Dutch cultural history.

Commenting on his win Bohm says: "Winning this prize confirms to me the importance of photographing the unexpected, to tell stories that come from my heart and soul. By following your ambition, everything you do becomes more meaningful, and probably also more successful."

Ezra Bohm

Sceveninghe © Ezra Bohm, Netherlands, Student Photographer of the Year, Student, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

The village 'Terram de Sceveninghe', now called ‘Scheveningen’, was built to satisfy the increased demand for seafood from the Counts of Holland. For a long period of time, Scheveningen never had a harbour. The fish were laid on the beach and the man with the iron gong announced the time of the auction to the people in the village.

Selected from six category winners, Tri Nguyen (Vietnam, 18 years-old) has won Youth Photographer of the Year 2022 for his image Under The Moonlight. The photograph depicts a young man basking in artificial moonlight standing against a derelict background. The moonlight symbolises a spotlight shining on the young man, and his longing to accept his flaws. The photo is part of a series that investigates self-reflection and a yearning to break the mould and celebrate one's imperfections.

For his win Nguyen receives Sony's digital imaging kit and global exposure. Commenting on his win Nguyen says: "As a budding and motivated artist, I am extremely excited and proud to have been chosen as the Youth Photographer of the Year 2022. I humbly accept this Award and will use this momentum to further my photography."

Tri Nguyen

Under The Moonlight © Taken in April 2021 in Hanoi, Vietnam. This photo is the front photo of my Under The Moonlight series

Tri Nguyen, Vietnam, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, 2022 Youth competition - Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

This year's Outstanding Contribution to Photography has been awarded to the renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Widely regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers, Burtynsky is best known for his sweeping images of industrial landscapes and the wider environmental crisis. In striking depictions of vast human-altered landscapes Burtynsky lays bare the awesome scale of infrastructure and destruction; presenting vistas of scarred mountain ranges, desiccated bodies of water, and sprawling urbanism distilled into painterly abstractions of colour and form.

Over a dozen large-scale photographs are presented as part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition. The selection, made by the artist, highlights key bodies of work over his 40 year career. These include Anthropocene (2018), Salt Pans (2016), Water (2013), Oil (2009) and Railcuts (1985). Additionally, presented in the UK for the first time will be images from Burtynsky's forthcoming series Africa (2022), a look at the African landscape and areas transformed by resource extraction.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition opens at Somerset House, London from 13 April - 2 May 2022. In addition to the work of this year's overall and category winners the exhibition features solo presentations by the 2020 Photographer of the Year winner Pablo Albarenga (Uruguay), and 2021 winner Craig Easton (United Kingdom).

Albarenga presents a selection of images from his winning series Seeds of Resistance, a body of work which pairs photographs of landscapes and territories in danger from mining and agribusinesses with portraits of the activists fighting to conserve them. Easton exhibits a dozen black and white portraits from his series Bank Top, depicting residents of the tight knit neighbourhood of Bank Top in Blackburn. The project examines the representation and misrepresentation of communities in northern England, exploring the stories and experiences of local inhabitants through images and accompanying texts by project collaborator, writer and academic, Abdul Aziz Hafiz.
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