The Sony World Photography Awards were created by the World Photography Organisation and are sponsored by Sony. They have become the World’s biggest photography competition with over 345,000 images entered from 203 countries and territories.
The awards are spread across four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student. In 2018, London-based portrait photographer, Tom Oldham was awarded the Sony World Photography Award for Portraits in the Professional Category for his project, The Last of The Crooners – a portrait of the Palm Tree pub in Bow, London.
This year Tom has scored another major success by being awarded both the Open Portrait category and the Open Photographer of the Year award with his image of the Pixies frontman, Charles Thompson (more widely known as Black Francis).
We caught up with Tom on Zoom to find out how it felt to win such a major accolade. You can see his response in the video below.