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21 Award-Winning Photos From National Sony World Photography 2021 Competition

21 Award-Winning Photos From National Sony World Photography 2021 Competition

Cecilia Rodriguez Senior Contributor, Forbes
Feb 11, 2021

The World Photography Organization has announced the national award winners for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.

The prestigious competition, now in its ninth year, aims to recognize the most deserving photos from 50 participating countries.

More than 330,000 images from 220 territories were submitted to the 10 categories of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 and over 165,000 were entered to the Open competition from which the National Awards photos were selected.

Sony World Photography Awards winning photo close up of a  fox face
National Awards, Winner 2021, Italy PHOTO: DAVIDE GIANNETTI ITALY – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of naked model laying on a sofa.
National Awards winner 2021, Argentina PHOTO: DANTE MOGNI ARGENTINA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winner photo of desert between mountains.
National Awards, Winner 2021, United States PHOTO: PATRICK MUELLER UNITED STATES – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Worldwide initiative to support local photographers

The National & Regional Awards is an initiative of the World Photography Organization and Sony both to support local photographers of all abilities around the world and to honor their achievements

Expert judges chose the best single image from each of the countries entered into the National & Regional Awards. The winners are given Sony digital imaging equipment as well as benefiting from global and local exposure. 

The program has awarded more than 500 photographers and currently operates in 51 countries.

Sony World Photography Awards winner photo black and white young girl with face mask painted in her face.
National Awards Winner 2021, United Arab Emirates MIREIA VILAPLANA SPAIN – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of red leave falling with white mountain in background.
National Awards, Winner, 2021, Thailand PHOTO: SAOWANEE SUNTARARAK, THAILAND – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of man with body painted in colors.
National Awards Winner 2021, Taiwan HUI PIN LAI, TAIWAN – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of woman seating among red pepper harvest.
Red Gold: Pepper Harvest: National Winner 2021, Serbia PHOTO: VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC, SERBIA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDSGETTY IMAGES

No touring for now

“While many of us have been confined to our local postcode these past 12 months, the digital world still gives us the ability to discover and marvel at the wonders of our planet,” the organizers said. “The earth’s beauty and diversity is strongly embraced in the winning images for 2021: From striking aerial shots to compelling portraits, they demonstrate a vast array of styles, subject matter and technique.”

In ‘normal’ times, the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition tours globally to Europe, Asia and the Americas during the year. Exhibitions in the past have been held in New York, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Liverpool, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro, among others.

Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of architecture
National Awards, Winner, 2021, Oman/Qatar PHOTO: ILA AL-MUSHAIFRI, OMAN/QATAR – NATIONAL AWARDS, WINNER, 2021, SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards creative photo of girl black and white.
Open competition, Creative category 2021, Poland PHOTO: KAMILA J. GRUSS, POLAND – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of two girls in traditional Indonesian clothes.
National Awards, Winner 2021, Indonesia PHOTO: HARDIJANTO BUDYMAN INDONESIA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Virtual exhibits

Due to the latest U.K. government guidance, the London exhibition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021, which was scheduled to go on display in Somerset House from April 16 to May 3, has been cancelled.

The awards ceremony, which was to take place in London, also has been cancelled. Overall winners of this year’s competitions will be announced on April 15 via digital and video platforms. Category winners, finalists and shortlists across the awards’ four competitions will be announced in the months leading up to the April announcement. 

This year, the exhibits are virtual and all the winners can be seen here.

The 2022 registration for the different competitions will open this summer.

Sony World Photography Awards  winner photo of fisherman in Burma black and white
National Awards, Winner, 2021, Myanmar PHOTO: MIN MIN ZAW, MYANMAR – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of sheep in foggy mountain.
National Awards, Winner 2021, Greece PHOTO: THEODOROS APEIRANTHITIS GREECE – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo of rolling sand hills
National Awards,Winner 2021, Bulgaria PHOTO: ENIZ KARADZHA BULGARIA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Best aerial images

To celebrate the diversity of styles, subject matter and technique, the competition is launching a series of images centered around a different technique, starting with the best aerial shots.

The technique was first used in 1858 by the French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon in Paris. Aerial photography was largely employed for military purposes through the use of hot-air balloons, helicopters and planes for most of the 20th century.

It wasn’t until about seven years ago, when the first camera-equipped drones were released to the commercial market, that drone photography took flight. Now it’s one of the most popular genres in photography, with many photographers using the technique to highlight environmental concerns.

“So, let’s leave lockdown life behind us for a few moments and enjoy some of the photographers who scaled the skies for the best views from above,” the organizers said.

Sony Photo competition: a man at the top of a mountain.
National Award Winner, 2021 Slovenia PHOTO: © ALJAŽ ŽNIDARŠIČ, SLOVENIA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony Photo contest: Image of runners from above.
National Award Winner 2021, Czech Republic PHOTO: © ZDENĚK VOŠICKÝ, CZECH REPUBLIC – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winner photo of house in the midst of snow covered fields taken from above.
National Award Winner 2021, Russian Federation PHOTO: © EVGENIY IVANOV, RUSSIAN FEDERATION – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDSM
winning photo Sony World Photography Awards of blue and yellow cars taken from above.
National Award Winner 2021, Singapore PHOTO: © WONG CHEK POH, SINGAPORE – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winning photo  of a person at a gym with red floors taken from above
National Award Winner, 2021, Hungary PHOTO: © KRISZTINA KOVÁCS, HUNGARY – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards winner photo of flamingos on black background taken from above
National Award Winner 2021, Kuwait PHOTO: © NASER ALOMARI, KUWAIT – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Sony World Photography Awards; A road crossing through a forest in Japan from above
National Award 2nd Place Winner, 2021, Japan PHOTO: © HIROKI NOSE, JAPAN – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

SOURCE: forbes.com
MAIN IMAGE SOURCE: Austria – National Award Winner, 2021PHOTO: MICHAELA STEINER, AUSTRIA – SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

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