The world’s Best Single Photos: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

World’s largest photography competition announced winners of its Open categories and National Awards programme

Tai Chi by Jianguo Gong
© Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

On March 28th Ten extraordinary photographs from across the globe were revealed as the winners of the Open categories of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition. Among them are two Asian photographers. The winners were selected from more than 105,000 entries to the Awards’ Open competition, with the expert panel of judges looking for the best single photographs across ten categories.

The ten Open category winners are:
• Architecture – Tim Cornbill (UK)
• Culture – Jianguo Gong (China)
• Enhanced – Lise Johansson (Denmark)
• Motion – Camilo Diaz (Colombia)
• Nature – Hiroshi Tanita (Japan)
• Portraits – Alexander Vinogradov (Russia)
• Still Life – Sergey Dibtsev (Russia)
• Street Photography – Constantinos Sofikitis (Greece)
• Travel – Ralph Gräf (Germany)
• Wildlife – Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)

Hiroshi Tanita captured the ice blue and white of winter (pictured below) while Jianguo Gong used scale to stunning effect to capture more than 1300 people practicing Tai-Chi in China (pictured above).

National Awards

The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards National Awards, a global program to find the best single photographs taken by local photographers in 66 countries, were also announced today. In its fourth year, it is unique in both scope and reach and opened up to photographers from Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates for the first time this year.

Works of the winners are available to view at

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