The Sony Photography Competition invites photographers across the world to contribute their creations and compete in an annual contest. Each contestant is allowed to submit three photos, and the contestant needs to be the sole owner of the photographs. Identifying just a handful of winners among the thousands of entries must be no easy task. This year, there were over 330,000 images for the judges to pick from! While the judges pick winners based on creative style and technical skill, we might think differently about what makes a great photograph. If you had to pick a photo from the winning collection below, what would you pick and why? Does the description impact your decision to pick the photograph?
Copyright: © Mireia Vilaplana, Spain, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Mireia Vilaplana: This image is part of a series shot during the 2020 lockdown. Called ‘Masquerade, a visual exploration of our true selves’, it aims to explore photography’s particular ability to describe a historical moment in a conceptual form. Each photograph encourages the viewer to question the way in which we reveal ourselves to others. Has society turned into one big masquerade ball?
Copyright: © Hui Pin Lai, Taiwan, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Hui Pin Lai: The tiger is an important symbol in Taiwanese culture. Here, I used fluorescent paint to depict its essence.
Copyright: © Wong Chek Poh, Singapore, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Wong Chek Poh: A panoramic view of unused taxis parked on the rooftop of this building reveals something of the dire economic situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the success of several vaccine programmes, it will take a long time for lives to return to pre-Covid days.
Copyright: © Min Min Zaw, Myanmar, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Min Min Zaw: This scene shows a father and son catching fish early one winter morning. In Myanmar, children work with their parents to bring in an income for the whole family.
Copyright: © Jānis Palulis, Latvia, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Jānis Palulis: Light painting one evening in a Latvian forest
Copyright: © Hiroki Nose, Japan, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description by Hiroki Nose: This is an aerial photograph of a mountain road in Hakone, Japan. The path, when seen from the sky, looked like a snake. Photographed in autumn, the leaves of the coloured trees were extremely beautiful.
Copyright: © Thoedoros Apeiranthitis, Greece, Winner, National Awards, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Description byThoedoros Apeiranthitis: At 1,003m, Mount Zas (or Zeus) dominates the Greek island of Naxos. One day in early April, I decided to make my way to the top. By the time I was halfway up, the fog had become so dense it completely obscured the base of the mountain, making me feel as if I was flying. I noticed a small herd of sheep grazing peacefully in this strange environment. I took a shot before moving on and becoming lost in the fog.