Grand Prize Winners Announced: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx named Photographer the Year

The World Photography Organisation today names Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. His winning series “Whiteout” captures the transformation of nature when winter arrives. Judges called the work ‘beautiful’ and hope the series will inspire photographers to capture elegance and not overlook the importance and beauty of what is present in our everyday.

Chair of Judges Zelda Cheatle says of his photographs: “I have chosen a series of landscapes so that we may return to the essence of looking at photography. Landscape is often overlooked but it is central to our existence. These are beautiful pictures made by a serious photographer, and they are to be enjoyed. I hope this award will inspire many more photographers to take pictures that do not simply encompass the terrible aspects of life in these troubled times but also capture some of the joys and loveliness in each and every environment.”

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – FREDERIK BUYCKX, BELGIUM


In the North of Montenegro a shepherd is walking to his herd of sheep with a selfmade broom in his hand. The broom was used to wipe off the snow lying on the back of the sheep
© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Born in Antwerp in 1984, Frederik Buyckx is a freelance photographer for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard. Buyckx’s images have been published and exhibited internationally and most recently he was shortlisted for the ZEISS Photography Award.

The winning series “Whiteout” was taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. Buyckx explains: “There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance.”

OPEN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV, RUSSIAN FEDERATION


© Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, Open Photographer of the Year, Open, Portraits (Open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

“Mathilda” by Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov was selected as the best single photograph in the world. Vinogradov is an amateur photographer based in Moscow and his winning image is a portrait of a young girl, inspired by the French movie ‘Léon’. The photograph was selected from ten Open category winners announced on 28 March by a panel of judges led by British journalist and pho

YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – KATELYN WANG, US

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – MICHELLE DAIANA GENTILE, ARGENTINA

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY – MARTIN PARR


Venice, Italy, 2005. © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

British photographer Martin Parr was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the awards ceremony. He was recognized for his unique visual language and for pushing the boundaries of the medium.

The Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize has previously been awarded to Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud, William Klein, RongRong & inri, Elliott Erwitt and Phil Stern.

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