The dazzling winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, with Belgian Frederik Buyckx being crowned Photographer of the Year.
It was a double win for Buyuckx as he also won the Lanscape prize. His winning body of work, 'Whiteout', captures the transformation of nature when winter arrives and was called 'beautiful' by the judges.
Buyckx was selected from more than 227,000 entries from 183 countries in what is the world's largest photography competition.
Of his collection, Buyuckx said: “There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance.” His collection of photographs were taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia.
The photographer received a prize of $25,000 (USD).
Chair of Judges Zelda Cheatle said: "I hope this award will inspire many more photographers to take pictures that do not simply encompass the terrible aspects of life in these troubled times but also capture some of the joys and loveliness in each and every environment.”
Many female photographers took home prizes from the ceremony. Michelle Daiana Gentile was named Student Photographer of the Year and received €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for her university in Argentina. Her series 'Only Hope' was a collection of moving photographs from an old paper factory based in Argentina. Youth Photographer of the Year Katelyn Wang from Los Angeles won the prize at the age of 16 for her image 'On Top of the World' showcasing the beautiful landscape of Lake Pehoé in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Professional category winner Tasneem Alsultan from Saudi Arabia picked up the prize for Contemporary Issues - brilliant photographs giving us an insight into the hardships of women in Saudi Arabia - something that is rarely displayed publicly.
The winning images will be exhibited at Somerset House from April 21-May 7, and will feature all of the winning and shortlisted work, alongside rare images by British photographer Martin Parr, who won the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Prize.
See below for the full list of winners and finalists.
PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Architecture winner: Dongni, China
Conceptual winner - Sabine Cattaneo, Switzerland
Contemporary Issues winner - Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia
Current Affairs & News winner - Alessio Romenzi, Italy
Daily Life winner: Sandra Hoyn, Germany
Landscape winner: Frederik Buyckx, Belgium
Natural World winner: Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom
Portraiture winner: George Mayer, Russian Federation
Still Life winner: Henry Agudelo , Columbia
Sport winner: Yuan Peng, China
OPEN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation
YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Katelyn Wang, US
STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Michelle Daiana Gentile, Argentina
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY