British photographer Alys Tomlinson has won the overall Photographer of the Year prize at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
Tomlinson won the $25,000 grand prize for her series Ex-Voto, which encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-life images of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites at Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).
Tomlinson was chosen from the 10 category winners of the Professional competition.
Professional category winners and finalists
- Architecture: Gianmaria Gava, Italian with Buildings
2nd Edgar Martins, Portuguese / 3rd Corentin Fohlen, French
- Contemporary Issues: Fredrik Lerneryd, Swedish with Slum Ballet
2nd Margaret Mitchell, British / 3rd Alfio Tommasini, Swiss
- Creative: Florian Ruiz, French with The White Contamination
2nd Patricia Kühfuss, German / 3rd Eduardo Castaldo, Italian
- Current Affairs & News: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said, Malaysian with Life Inside the Refugee Camp
2nd Luis Henry Agudelo Cano, Colombian / 3rd Rasmus Flindt Pedersen, Danish
- Discovery: Alys Tomlinson, British with Ex-Voto
2nd Antonio Gibotta, Italian / 3rd Maria Petrenko, Ukrainian
- Landscape: Luca Locatelli, Italian with White Gold
2nd Rohan Reilly, Irish / 3rd Tomasz Padlo, Polish
- Natural World & Wildlife: Roselena Ramistella, Italian with Deep Land
2nd Mitch Dobrowner, American / 3rd Wiebke Haas, German
- Portraiture: Tom Oldham, British with The Last of The Crooners
2nd Anush Babajanyan, Armenian / 3rd Andrew Quilty, Australian
- Sport: Balazs Gardi, Hungarian with Buzkashi
2nd Behnam Sahvi, Iranian/ 3rd Matteo Armellini, Italian
- Still Life: Edgar Martins, Portuguese with Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes
2nd place Tristan Spinski, American / 3rd Werner Anderson, Norwegian
Bulgarian photographer Veselin Atanasov has won the Photographer of the Year prize for the Open competition. Veselin’s image, Early Autumn, was chosen from among the 10 category winners in the Open competition.
An IT specialist, Atanasov is a self-taught photographer who began shooting in 2014. The winning photograph captures autumn in the Central Balkan National Park. Veselin will take home a $5,000 prize.
American photographer Megan Johnson, age 16, took home the Youth Photographer of the Year prize for her black and white image Still…
And 20-year-old Canadian photographer Samuel Bolduc has won the Student Photographer of the Year competition for his series The Burden, documenting the environmental effects of plastic waste.
You can see the winners in our gallery below.