The World Photography Organization is an organization that aims to raise awareness of photography worldwide through a wide program of exhibitions, awards, and competition. It was established in 2017 by Founder and CEO Scott Gray.
To celebrate photography on a wider scale, each year they provide a platform to Sony, which celebrates photographers in more than 50 countries and awards Sony National & Regional prize. The program has been quite a success, awarding more than 500 photographers around the world by handpicking the best single images from each of the countries for nine years in a row.
The organization arranges international exhibition tours and competitions, giving the chance to each participant to showcase its work.
Scroll down below to see a collection of some of the most exquisite images that are chosen as the winners of this competition.
#1 Indonesia Winner: ‘Poems For Sisters’, By Hardijanto Budyman
You are angels in disguise
Side by side or miles apart
Sisters will always be connected by the heart
#2 Viet Nam Winner: ‘Waiting’, By Tuan Nguyen Quang
#3 Sri Lanka Winner: ‘Hustle For Survival’, By Isira Sooriyaarachchi
On a weekday in August, while I was wandering along Main Street, Colombo, this man caught my attention among the crowds of people and busy traffic. I crossed to the middle of the road and pulled out my phone to capture the life of a worker doing his best to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic.
#4 Emil Wieringa Hildebrand, Norway, National Award Winner
#5 Bangladesh Winner: ‘Her Name Is Chandi ‘, By Sabbir Hossen
A portrait of a child working in a paddy field. She works alongside her parents as it allows her to continue her studies. Her passion was inspiring.
#6 Myanmar Winner: ‘Foggy Morning Fishing’, By Min Min Zaw
This scene shows a father and son catching fish early one winter morning. In Myanmar, children work with their parents to bring in an income for the whole family.
#7 Greece Winner: ‘Foggy Farming’, By Thoedoros Apeiranthitis
#8 Philippines Winner: ‘Looking For Water’, By Donell Gumiran
In Ethiopia’s South Omo, the tribes who live in the valley depend on the Omo River for survival. Sixty-two million Ethiopians lack access to safe water. This is everyday life for them.
#9 Estonia Winner: “Back to Beginning 3” by Höije Nuuter
#10 Poland Winner: ‘The Moon Girl’, By Kamila J. Gruss
#11 Romania Winner : Cristina Venedict
#12 Lithuania Winner: ‘Traditional Crafts: Portrait Of A Toymaker’, By Simas Bernotas
Ancient crafts are imbued with the wisdom of previous generations, with each nation having its own tales and myths about them. For this series, I captured Lithuanian crafters with a mystical spirit in an attempt to show them as devoted caretakers of declining traditions. This image is one of many from that project.
#13 Egypt Winner: ‘The Mevlevi Dancer’, By Abdelhamid Fawzy Tahoun
Tanoura is an Egyptian dance, performed in circular motions, which has its spiritual origins in Sufism. Its performers believe that all movement in the universe starts and ends at the same point, so this is reflected in the dance, with the continuous spinning making them appear like planets moving in space.
#14 Taiwan Winner – Chueh Yu-Liang
#15 Austria Winner: ‘Horse Against Black Background’, By Michaela Steiner
#16 Cambodia Winner: ‘I Miss You’, By Sean Channal
#17 Serbia Winner: ‘Serbia’s Red Gold Pepper Harvest’, By Vladimir Zivojinovic
An elderly woman prepares threads of red paprika in Donja Lokosnica, Serbia. In this village in a valley in South Morava, some 250 of the 280 households are involved in the growing of pepper – although depopulation means this number is in decline. Around 500 tons of ground pepper is produced in a 250-hectare area.
#18 Italy Winner: ‘Fox Portrait’, By Davide Giannetti
#19 Malaysia Winner: ‘Long-Tailed Macaque’, By Yoganathan Yoke
#20 Bulgaria Winner: ‘Extraterrestrial Earth – Mars ‘ By Eniz Karadzha
This dam is usually full, but had dried up. Scenes such as this show the effects of climate change are becoming more obvious. After a couple of weeks spent studying the angle of the sun, not to mention a bit of luck, I managed to take the image I’d hoped for.
21. United States Winner: ‘Hourglass’, By Patrick Mueller
Sony World Photography Awards
A snaking dune in Death Valley meets the saddle of the surrounding mountains.