The World Photography Organisation has just revealed the overall winners of the prestigious 2018 Sony World Photography Awards with the coveted Photographer of the Year title going to British artist Alys Tomlinson for her series Ex-Voto.

2018 Sony World Photography Awards Winners Announced

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

Tomlinson was selected from the 10 category winners of the Professional competition who was announced today alongside the winners of the Awards’ Open (best single image), Youth and Student Focus competitions were also revealed. Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Candida Höfer also collected her prize at an event in London.

Photographer of the Year – Alys Tomlinson

London-based photographer Alys Tomlinson won the Photographer of the Year award with her personal project, Ex-Voto, which encompasses ‘formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-life images’ of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).


Open Photographer of the Year – Veselin Atanasov

Selected from 10 category winners as the best single image in the world, Veselin Atanasov was recognised for his work Early Autumn. An IT specialist, Bulgarian Atanasov is a self-taught photographer who began shooting in 2014. The winning photograph captures autumn in the Central Balkan National Park.


Youth Photographer of the Year – Megan Johnson

Open to photographers aged 12-19, 16 year old Megan Johnson was awarded for her image Still.. Shot on the cliffs near the American’s house in Connecticut, the black and white image captures ‘the complex and intricate solitude the photographer faces in everyday life.’


Student Photographer of the Year – Samuel Bolduc

20 year old Canadian Samuel Bolduc was chosen by the judges from students worldwide for his photographic series The Burden. The work ‘beautifully illustrates the physical burden of plastic waste in the environment to highlight the urgent need to halt plastic pollution.’ Bolduc represented College de Matane, Quebec and won €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for the institution.


All the winning, shortlisted and commended images from the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Winners can be seen at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House from April 20 – May 6 or over at the World Photo Org Website.


Last month Sony announced the National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, selected from single images taken by local photographers across nearly 70 countries.

Image Credits (in order of appearance);

Mitch Dobrowner, United States, 2nd Place, Professional competition, Natural World & Wildlife , 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Alys Tomlinson, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Discovery, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Veselin Atanasov, Bularia, Open Photographer of the Year, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Megan Johnson, USA, Winner, Youth, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Samuel Bolduc, Canada, Student Photographer of the Year, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Samuel Bolduc, Student Focus, Student Photogragher of the Year, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards



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