The World Photography Organization announced the winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards for the Open, Youth and National Award categories this week.
More than 70,000 entries were submitted to the competition from all over the world, according to a statement released by the World Photography Organization.
The Open, Youth and National Award competitions were judged based on a single image, with photographers winning prizes ranging from Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala on April 30.
In addition to the prizes awarded to winners of each competition in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, the 10 winners of the Open competition will compete for a $5,000 prize package and the Open Photographer of the Year title.
The following photographers were selected as winners by a jury, chaired by Nigel Atherton, Group Editor of IPC Photo for the Open competition:
Architecture - Holger Schmidtke, Germany
Arts and Culture - Valerie Prudon, Australia
Enhanced - Kylli Sparre, Estonia
Low Light - Vlad Eftenie, Romania
Nature & Wildlife - Gert van den Bosch, Netherlands
Panoramic - Ivan Pedretti, Italy
People - Arup Ghosh, India
Smile - Alpay Erdem, Turkey
Split Second - Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia
Travel - Li Chen, China
Three winners were selected for the Youth competition:
Culture - Anastasia Zhetvina, Russia
Environment - Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh
Portraits - Paulina Metzscher, Germany
“Photography is a language that transcends national borders and cultures, race, gender and social background. Its poetry touches the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in these awards. No two of this year’s Open category winners are from the same country but all share the ability to visually interpret the world around them in a unique and captivating way. The winning and shortlisted images demonstrate this gift with aplomb,” Atheron said.
In addition to the Open and Youth competitions, 38 countries also took part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards’ National Award program, which honors photos taken by local photographers.
Winners of the National Award competition can be viewed here.
The winning photos of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards will be exhibited at the Somerset House in London, U.K. from May 1 to May 18.
Take a closer look at the winning photos from the Open and Youth competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards below.