Sony World Photography Awards 2014 Winners 


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Selected from over 139,000 entries from 166 countries, the highest in the awards’ seven-year history, the winning and shortlisted photographers’ works of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards reflect the very best international contemporary photography from the last year.

Within the exhibition, well-documented scenes are given a fresh look with ground-breaking photography styles, spanning a diverse range of topics that capture and evoke a range of emotions.

Work includes a powerful portrait on domestic abuse by American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, who won the prestigious L’Iris d’Or Award, alongside work of Italian photographer Salvatore Esposito’s exposure of the secret Napolese Camorra crime syndicate, and Guy Martin’s unusual vision of protesting at the recent Istanbul riots.

Humour also shines through in the exhibition, with the work of French photographer Sophie Gamand. Her series of portraits of dogs caught during their least favourite activity - bath time -offers light relief. 

British photographers in the exhibition include the dramatic post-race portraits of jockeys by Spencer Murphy, stunning still life photography by Bristol-based photographer Amanda Harman and a captivating series looking at the very British institution of pantomime dames by Mary Turner.

In addition to the works of winning and shortlisted photographers of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, special curations include: A collection of American photographer Mary Ellen Mark, the recipient of the Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography, plus exclusive Sony commissions of celebrated photographer William Klein and a group show by Panos Pictures photographers.

The winners of the 2014 awards are on show 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.  This year the exhibition has been expanded, being hosted in both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in London, making it one of the largest of its kind in the UK.