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Review : Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 at Somerset House from 21st April to 7th May 2017


The picturesque Somerset House is the location of the Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 which will run from 21st April to 7th May 2017.

The 2017 Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries and is the world’s largest photography competition. The exhibition shows all the winning and shortlisted work, along with rare images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Just before the exhibition opened, The World Photography Organisation named Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. The Awards’ judges were taken by the beauty, scale and effort involved in Buyckx’s winning work titled “Whiteout”.

Chosen from the winners of the Awards’ ten Professional categories, Buyckx presented with the $25,000 (USD) prize.

An expert panel of international judges were challenged to find the best photography series (between 5-10 images) across the ten Professional categories. The winning photographers are:

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

It is becoming increasingly difficult for photographers to stand out against the mass of digital images available, however many of the prize winners photographs have a strong narrative that offers specific and universal interpretations. Tasneem Alsultan looks for love in unusual circumstances and allows the sitter to compose the picture. Frederik Buyckx provides the contrast of human and animal activity dwarfed by a grand landscape. Will Burrand- Lucas uses the latest technologies to get close and personal to creatures of the night in Africa. George Mayer provides an interesting and complex study of light and dark for his portraits and Yuan Peng offers a study of determination and effort in the Sport Section.

“Mathilda” by Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov was selected as the best single photograph in the world and awarded the photographer $5,000 (USD) along with the Open Photographer of the Year title.

British photographer Martin Parr is honoured in the exhibition with a specially curated exhibition of rarely seen black and white images from Martin Parr’s early career alongside some of his most iconic work, books and films. Parr delves in the world of everyday life and takes pictures of people in the act of taking pictures at famous tourist landmarks illustrating that the act of taking selfies and photographs has become a performance in itself.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Sony World Photography Awards the finest contemporary photography and the exhibition provides plenty of insights for those who enjoy photography and those wanting to develop their skills. The intimate rooms of Somerset House provide a fitting setting where you can study the photographs in some detail.

Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 at Somerset House from 21st April to 7th May 2017

Video Review available here.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information about the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards and to book tickets for the exhibition, visit the Event website here

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