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The world's best photographs have been announced - and a shot of Ireland is part of the winning entry

British photographer Alys Tomlinson won Photographer of the Year at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Image: Alys Tomlinson/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

THE WINNERS OF the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 have been announced.

The coveted Photographer of the Year title went to British photographer Alys Tomlinson, who won $25,000 for her series, Ex-Voto. The series captures the idea of pilgrimage through the landscapes of sites in France, Ireland and Poland and in still-life images of offerings that have been made at these locations.

In Ireland, Tomlinson shot at Ballyvourney,  a Gaeltacht village in southwest Co Cork considered to be a pilgrimage site. Near the village is a stone slab inscribed with a Maltese Cross with a figure, believed to be a pilgrim, above it.

The series was praised by the jury for its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power.


3919_3_10679_AlysTomlinson_UnitedKingdom_Professional_Discovery_2018 Source: Alys Tomlinson

Tomlinson’s series also took first place in the competition’s discovery category.

Ireland’s Rohan Reilly took home second place in the competition’s landscape category, one of 10 professional categories in the competition.

2473_5891_RohanReilly_Ireland_Professional_LandscapeProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Rohan Reilly/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Reilly, based in Kinsale, Co Cork, has previously won awards from organisations including the World Photography Organisation, the International Photography Awards, and UK Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. This year, the 11th edition, saw a record-breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories.

The winning photographs are now on display at an exhibition in London. The exhibition runs at Somerset House until 6 May.


Bulgarian photographer Veselin Atanasov won Open Photographer of the Year for his work, Early Autumn.

2347_4831_VeselinAtanasov_Bulgaria_Open_LandscapeNature2018Opencompetition_2018 Source: Veselin Atanasov/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

He was selected from the 10 winners of the professional categories:

In the architecture category, Italian photographer Gianmaria Gava took first prize for Buildings.

2419_5_5381_GianmariaGava_Italy_Professional_ArchitectureProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Gianmaria Gava/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

In the contemporary issues category, Swedish photographer Fredrik Lerneryd took first prize for Slum Ballet.

2417_8_5367_FredrikLerneryd_Sweden_Professional_ContemporaryIssuesProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Fredrik Lerneryd/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

French photographer Florian Ruiz won first prize in the creative category for The White Contamination.

0,363Bq Source: Florian Ruiz/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Malaysian photographer Mohd Samsul Mohd Said won first prize in the current affairs and news category for  Life Inside the Refugee Camp.

2443_5601_MohdSamsulMohdSaid_Malaysia_Professional_CurrentAffairsNewsProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Italian photographer Luca Locatelli won first prize in the landscape category for White Gold.

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2427_5449_LucaLocatelli_Italy_Professional_LandscapeProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Luca Locatelli/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Italy’s Roselena Ramistella came first in the natural world and wildlife category for her work, Deep Land.

Deep land Source: Roselena Ramistella/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Britain’s Tom Oldham took first place in the portraiture for his work, The Last of The Crooners.

2485_7_6015_TomOldham_UnitedKingdom_Professional_PortraitureProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Tom Oldham/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Hungary’s Balazs Gardi came first in the sports category with his entry, Buzkashi.

GB_AFG_17_00 Source: Balazs Gardi/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Portugal’s Edgar Martins, came first in the still life category with Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes.

2407_7387_EdgarMartins_Portugal_Professional_ArchitectureProfessionalcompetition_2018 Source: Edgar Martins/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

American photographer Megan Johnson, age 16, won Youth Photographer of the Year. The black-and-white image, shot on the cliffs near her house in Connecticut, the black “captures the complex and intricate solitude the photographer faces in everyday life”, according to the World Photography Organisation.

2303_4751_MeganJohnson_UnitedStatesofAmerica_Youth_YourEnvironment2018Youthcompetition_2018 Source: Megan Johnson/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Canadian student Samuel Bolduc, age 20, won Student Photographer of the Year. His work, The Burden, “work beautifully illustrates the physical burden of plastic waste in the environment to highlight the urgent need to halt plastic pollution”.

The Burden Source: Samuel Bolduc/2018 Sony World Photography Awards

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