The World Photography Organisation (WPO) has announced the overall winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Congratulations to Canadian Samuel Bolduc, who was named Student Photographer of the Year (College de Matane, Quebec)! Bolduc explained, “I wanted to show the actions we must take in the face of the major impact of plastic pollution, to evoke the hope of realistic and sustainable solutions. The vast winter territories serve to demonstrate the contrast between the immensity of the landscape and the place that humans take in it.”
Photographer of the Year – Alys Tomlinson, UK
The coveted Photographer of the Year title was presented to British artist, Alys Tomlinson, for her series Ex-Voto, winning her the $25,000 (USD) prize fund. The work 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.
Open Photographer of the Year – Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria
Bulgarian photographer, Veselin Atanasov, was selected from 10 category winners as the best single image in the world in the Open competition. Atanasov is recognised for his image Early Autumn and receives the $5,000 (USD) prize.
Youth Photographer of the Year – Megan Johnson, USA, Age 16
Megan Johnson, aged 16 and from the USA, was announced as the Youth Photographer of the Year, for her image Still. Shot on the cliffs near her 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, Canada
The Student Photographer of the Year was revealed as Samuel Bolduc, from Canada, age 20. Bolduc was chosen by the judges from students worldwide for his photographic series The Burden. He represented College de Matane, Quebec and has won €30,000 (Euros) worth of Sony photography equipment for the institution.
Three Canadians were shortlisted: Kevin Frayer (Professional competition, Current Affairs & News category), Yonathan Kellerman (Open competition, Motion category), and Benjamin Aerssen (Open competition, Still Life category, also commended). Five other Canadian photographers ranked among the top 50 in their categories.
Check out the complete list of winners on the WPO website! The winning, shortlisted and commended images will be on view in the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 Exhibition through May 6 at Somerset House in London, U.K.