2019 Sony World Photography Awards Open Single Image Winners

26 February 2019

Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners of its ten Open categories judged on a single image.

Both amateur and professional photographers from across 62 countries were selected from a record-breaking number of entries from across 195 countries and territories.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year award to win $5,000 (USD). The winner will be announced alongside the Professional category winners at an awards ceremony in London on 17 April 2019. The professional shortlist will be announced on 26 March 2019.

The winners of the National Awards have also been revealed today, recognising the work of photographers from 62 countries, from Myanmar to Peru, Mexico to Vietnam. The full list of National Award winners can be found on the World Photo website.

All Open category and National Award winners will receive Sony digital imaging equipment and will have their work published in the 2019 awards book.  The photographs will also be shown in an exhibition in London from 18 April to 6 May 2019, before going on to tour to Italy, Germany and Japan.

The Sony World Photography Awards consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year olds). This year saw a record-breaking 327,000 submissions across all categories.

See all the Open competition single image winners below:

Architecture: Philippe Sarfati, French with the image Heatwave

Culture (supported by Culture Trip): Pan Jianhua, China Mainland with the image Shadow Puppetry

Creative: Martin Stranka, Czech, with the image Dreamers and Warriors

Motion: Christy Lee Rogers, American with the image Harmony

Landscape: Hal Gage, American with the image Stumps, Alder Lake, Nisqually River, Oregon

Natural World and Wildlife: Tracey Lund, British with the image Underwater Gannets

Portraiture: Richard Ansett,  British with the image Grayson Perry – Birth



Still Life: Rachel Yee Laam Lai, Hong Kong SAR with the image Peony and Leaves 

Street Photography: Carole Pariat, French with the image Open-Air Toilet

Travel (supported by Eurostar): Nicolas Boyer, French with the image Woman Wearing a Wedding Dress