These are the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards’ best photos

The Sony World Photography Awards has announced its winners of the best photos of 2018

From deer grazing in Sequoia National Park to snow tumbling around a wind tunnel built in Nazi Berlin, the world is full of beautiful, fleeting moments. Often these go unseen, or become a memory.

Very occasionally, there will be someone standing with their finger on the shutter, ready to capture the scene in all its glory. And the Sony World Photography Awards has come to a decision on which of these are the best photos of 2018.

The winners for two competitions have been chosen – the Open categories and National Awards. Covering a range of styles, the 10 images from the Open categories show life across the world in all its beauty.

The winners were selected from hundreds of thousands of entrants to the competition.

The mountains and fjords of the Lofoten Islands in Norway are guaranteed to produce a great shot – Mikkel Beiter / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards best photos
This shot of the Lofoten Islands in Norway by Mikkel Beiter won the Travel and Denmark competitions – Mikkel Beiter / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Mikkel Beiter’s travel shot from the ever-stylish Lofoten Islands in Norway contrasts human existence to the might of nature by showing a tiny cabin against the snow-covered mountain across the fjord.

Nick Dolding's portrait for Paypal could be from another era – Nick Dolding / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards best photo
Nick Dolding’s portrait for Paypal could be from another era – Nick Dolding / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Nick Dolding’s portrait for Paypal shows hints of Wes Anderson’s inimitable style, while keeping his subject aloof and hoity in burnt yellows and browns. It is a powerful shot of graceful strength that could almost be from a bygone era.

Klaus Lenzen's composite shows the determination of mankind – Klaus Lenzen / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards best photo 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
Klaus Lenzen’s composite shows the determination of mankind – Klaus Lenzen / 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Even pictures that have been constructed in Photoshop are allowed. Klaus Lenzen’s composite of 35 individual swimmers competing in the triathlon at Düsseldorf Media Harbour shows the messy determination that it takes to struggle through life.

The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as the world’s very best single photographs, and the National Awards winners selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer across nearly 70 countries.

The winning works and their photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Zelda Cheatle, chair of judges, said: “Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest.

“In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special – whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.”

All Open category and National Award winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The winning work will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book and shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from 20 April to 6 May.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, and a prize of $5,000. This photographer, along with the Professional categories winners, will be announced in London on 19 April.

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition takes place at Somerset House from 20 April – 6 May. For tickets visit: www.worldphoto.org

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