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Sony World Photography Awards 2009 Winners Announced

Communiqué de presse   •   mar 17, 2009 01:01 CET

The 44 photographers, from 22 separate countries, beat off stiff competition from the 186 shortlisted photographers, revealed last month.

Each of the photographers on the list will be exhibited and honoured at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony at the prestigious Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on Thursday 16 April. Of the 12 professional category winners, one photographer will be the recipient of the L’Iris D’Or, the Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. On the night they will be awarded $25,000 along with Sony camera equipment. The winning amateur photographer, selected from the eight category finalists, will receive a $5,000 cash prize and Sony camera equipment.

The Sony World Photography Awards aim to promote the work of photographers worldwide. As one of the main prizes, the professional category finalists and amateur category winners will be showcased in the Winners’ Exhibition inside the Rotonde Lerins which takes place alongside the Festival, a week-long celebration of photography. This winner’s exhibition will then be adapted for the 2009/2010 Global Tour, which exhibits throughout leading galleries and cities around the world.

On behalf of the Honorary Judging Committee Zelda Cheatle said: "It has been a joy to work with my fellow judges. We were most diligent in being fair, discussions were fruitful, and every entrant was given a serious viewing. It was an eye opener to see entries from all over the globe, of every standard from the most amateur of approaches to the sophisticated and experienced professional. It is with great pleasure that we present this year’s Sony World Photography Award winners."

Astrid Merget, Event Director, adds: "Photography is a powerful medium that documents current social, political, environmental and cultural affairs. It has the ability to educate, inform, motivate, entertain, change views or simply share cultural and social trends. This year’s finalists beautifully highlight the ability of the still image to do all of this and more."

Yoshiyuki Nogami, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Europe, commented: "We’ve been honoured to once again lend our full support to this unique global showcase for professional and amateur photography talent and have been impressed by the inspiring diversity and quality of this year’s entries." Professional finalists

Photojournalism and Documentary
Current affairs
• Wojciech Grzedzinski (Poland) Winner
• Dominic Nahr (France) 2nd place
• Hui min Kuang (China) 3rd place

• Julian Abram Wainwright (Canada) Winner
• Salvi Danés Vernedas (Spain) 2nd place
• Li Fan (China) 3rd place

Contemporary issues
• Giulio Di Sturco (Italy) Winner
• Kosuko Okahara (Japan) 2nd place
• Massimo Mastrorillo (Italy) 3rd place

Arts and entertainment
• Amit Madheshiya (India) Winner
• Chiara Goia (Italy) 2nd place
• Ohm Phanphiroj (Thailand) 3rd place

• Dustin Humphrey (USA) Winner
• Peter Franck (Germany) 2nd place
• Dylan Collard (UK) 3rd place

• Piotr Fajfer (Poland) Winner
• Jessica Hilltout (Belgium) 2nd place
• Takaki Hashimoto (Japan) 3rd place

• Amiran White (UK) Winner
• Gordon Welters (Germany) 2nd place
• Elen Miroshkina (Russia) 3rd place

Fine Art
• Roderik Henderson (Netherlands) Winner
• Martin Bogren (Sweden) 2nd place
• Hans de Vries (Netherlands) 3rd place

Conceptual & Constructed
• Tamany Baker (UK) Winner
• Branislav Kropilak (Slovakia) 2nd place
• Angelika Sher (Israel) 3rd place

Natural History
• Lisa Maree Williams (Australia) Winner
• Steve Morenos (Australia) 2nd place
• Yannick Dixon (UK) 3rd place

• David Zimmerman (USA) Winner
• Edgar Martins (UK) 2nd place
• Yvonne Seidel (Germany) 3rd place

• Michael van den Bogaard (Germany) Winner
• Joel Micah Miller (Germany) 2nd place
• Daichi Ano (Japan) 3rd place

Amateur winners

Photojournalism and Documentary
• Lorenz Holder (Germany)

• Christo Stankulov (France)

• Kushal Gangopadhyay (India)

Fine Art
• Claire Martin (Australia)

Conceptual & Constructed
• Vladimir Melnik (Russia)

Natural History
• Vincent Foong (Singapore)

• Giuseppe Parisi (Italy)

• David Watts (UK)


The Honorary Judging Committee

Photojournalism and Documentary: Sue Steward, photography critic (UK); Jurgen Schadeberg, photographer (Germany); Adrian Evans, Director, Panos Pictures (UK) and Bruce Davidson, photographer (USA)

Commercial: Mark George, photographic agent (UK); Arnaud Adida, Founder Acte 2 Agence and Acte 2 Gallery (France); Gered Mankowitz, photographer (UK), and Grazia Neri, Founder and President of Grazia Neri Photo Agency (Italy)

Fine Art: Zelda Cheatle, portfolio manager and curator (UK); Mary-Ellen Mark, photographer (USA); Sarah Moon, photographer (France), and Philippe Garner, International Head of Photographs at Christie’s (UK)

Awards ceremony

The Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner take place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France on Thursday 16 April. Another major announcement on the night is the winner of the Prince’s Rainforest Project (PRP) Award. The prize for the winning photographer is a fully-funded project to document the rainforests of the world. The final presentation will go to the acclaimed French photographer, Marc Riboud, winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Festival @ Sony World Photography Awards

Festival @ Sony World Photography Awards, a week-long celebration of photography, will feature exhibitions, talks and book signings by leading photographers Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud, Vanessa Winship (last year’s L’Iris D’Or winner), Stuart Franklin, Bruce Davidson and Cedric Delsaux, amongst others.

Key Dates

14- 19 April Festival @ Sony World Photography Awards in Cannes

16 April SWPA Gala Awards Ceremony

Awards presentation to professional and amateur category winners

Sony World Photographer of the Year – the L’Iris D’Or - announced

Amateur Sony World Photographer of the Year announced

PRP Award winner announced

Student Focus competition winner announced