​sony world photography award winners announced

The 2015 winners of the Open, Youth and Mobile Phone categories were revealed yesterday. Here are i-D’s favourites.

by Stuart Brumfitt
01 April 2015, 3:25pm

Over 180,000 photo entries were whittled down to just 14 winners yesterday at the Sony World Photography Awards. Amateur photographers from all across the globe covered a stunning array of subjects, from architecture to wildlife and travel to sport. The winners will receive Sony photography equipment and their work will be on display at Somerset house in London from 24th April - 10th May. Here are our three favourites and the stories behind the shots.

Antony Crossfield, UK, Bomb
"A man performs a 'bomb' dive in the ocean. This image was intended to undermine stereotypes of masculine strength and power. The bomb dive - a metaphor of power and destruction - is revealed as ineffectual and pointless posturing, a tiny gesture in the face of wider forces. Furthermore, the image comments on the possibilities of fiction in digital photography, a seemingly believable image is also somehow completely impossible, a perfect reflection permanently fixed on the brink of disruption. The image is a digital composite of multiple photographs. The imagery was created in London and the Sussex coast in July 2014."

© Antony Crossfield, UK, Winner, Enhanced, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Jaime Massieu Marcos, Spain, Suspended Animation
"It was in September, a few days after my birthday, and I had been working 17 days in a row making a video of the Basketball World Cup in Madrid. I was not doing anything creative, just waiting for people to get into our stand. Suddenly, the stand was absolutely empty. I looked around and saw those amazing Hungarian guys jumping. I only had my wide-angle lens for the video, but luckily I saw a guy I knew with a 70-200 lens. I asked him if I could borrow the lens, and all I had to do was press the button. I had never taken any sport picture before! I haven't seen the guy in the picture again but if I see him, I'm afraid I will have to invite him to dinner."

© Jaime Massieu Marcos, Spain, Winner, Split Second, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Armin Appel, Germany, Schoolyard
"I took this image while paragliding over Räumliches Bildungszentrum, in Biberach an der Riss. It was an early morning in May, it had rained all night, and it was perfect conditions to get good contrasts. I took five flights between 2013 - 2014 trying to get the perfect shot, with perfect contrast and shadows, until I finally got it this morning in May 2014" 

© Armin Appel, Germany, Winner, Architecture, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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