Unter den Gewinnern des diesjährigen Sony World Photography Awards sind auch zwei Deutsche, die mit ihren oben gezeigten Fotos die Kategorien „Open Architecture“ und „Youth Portraits“ gewannen. Die beiden sind – wie Sony in der Pressemitteilung betont – keine Profis, sondern Amateur-Fotografen. Ob es das Verdienst dieser Enthusiasten ist, oder an der Struktur der Teilnehmenden liegt, sei dahingestellt. Über 70.000 Einsendungen will Sony gezählt haben, um die Wichtigkeit des Preises zu betonen.
In der Pressemitteilung finden sich ein paar Details zu den Preisträgern:
18 March: Two German photographers are today announced as winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions.
Selected from over 70,000 entries from across the world, the winning German photographers are:
Holger Schmidtke, Open Architecture winner
Paulina Metzscher, Youth Portraits winner
A second photograph taken by Holger Schmidtke was also selected by a local jury as the winner of the German National Award, a competition to reward the best single image taken by a German photographer.
The achievement of the German photographers is extraordinary – both in terms of the number of photographs they have been chosen from but also that the photographers themselves are not professionals, but individuals who are passionate about photography, enthusiasts and amateurs.
The photographers have won the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and will have their work shown at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May and published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
Both photographers will also be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.
Open Architecture and German National Award winner – Holger Schmidtke
Holger Schmidtke, who lives in Dusseldorf and first began taking pictures in 2009, won the Open Architecture category with a beautiful image taken in an office in Cologne called “Under the staircase.”
Schmidtke has won a Sony a6000 camera and, along with the winners of the other nine Open categories, will now be considered for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer Year title and $5,000 (USD) prize to be announced on 30 April.
Talking about his success Schmidtke comments: “It’s the first time for me to be part of a competition like the Sony World Photography Awards. To reach the shortlist would be a dream. I don’t know if you can imagine how proud and happy I am about this result now, two images in the shortlist and one of them the winning picture in the Architecture category. I can’t believe it.”
The Open competition is for photography enthusiasts of all levels and is judged on a single image.
Schmidtke’s second image, Lightsnake, won the German National Award and shows the Tiger & Turtle artwork in Duisburg.
The image was selected as the single best shot taken by a German photographer. Second place was awarded to Marcus Bayer and third place to Wolfgang Weinhardt.
Youth Portraits winner- Paulina Metzscher
Nineteen-year old student Paulina Metzcher won the Youth Portraits category with an image taken during a trip to China in November last year and was taken on an over-night train ride.
The Youth categories of the Sony World Photography Awards are open to photographers worldwide under the age of 20.
Talking about her success Metzcher comments: “Being named as a winner was such a great appreciation of my work- it’s such a warm hearted feeling that others see something in what I create. It’s a huge motivation for me to keep going, keep planning future projects and push myself to develop further. I hope that through winning this award, I can engage with a bigger audience and make others aware of what I love most: photography.”
Metscher will now compete against the winners of the other two Youth categories for the title of Youth Photographer of the Year, the winner of which will be announced on 30 April.
Sony World Photography Awards
The World Photography Organisation also announced today the winners of the Open and Youth categories of the Sony World Photography Awards plus the winners of the 37 other National Awards across the world. To see all the winning images please go to http://www.worldphoto.org