Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx has been named as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. Judges chair Zelda Cheatle said of Buyckx’s photographs (titled “Whiteout”), “I have chosen a series of landscapes so that we may return to the essence of looking at photography.
Landscape is often overlooked but it is central to our existence. These are beautiful pictures made by a serious photographer, and they are to be enjoyed.
I hope this award will inspire many more photographers to take pictures that do not simply encompass the terrible aspects of life in these troubled times but also capture some of the joys and loveliness in each and every environment.”
Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017, this year’s Sony Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries, competing in four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. Sixteen-year-old student Katelyn Wang from Los Angeles (California) received the Youth Photographer of the Year title (open to those aged 12-19); while Michelle Daiana Gentile (21, from the Escuela de Fotografía Motivarte) won the Student Photographer of the Year title with a series called “Only Hope”.
The winners in the Professional categories were:
Architecture: Dongni (China)
Conceptual: Sabine Cattaneo (Switzerland)
Contemporary Issues: Tasneem Alsultan (Saudi Arabia)
Current Affairs & News: Alessio Romenzi (Italy)
Daily Life: Sandra Hoyn (Germany)
Landscape: Frederik Buyckx (Belgium)
Natural World: Will Burrard-Lucas (United Kingdom)
Portraiture: George Mayer (Russian Federation)
Still Life: Henry Agudelo (Columbia)
Sport: Yuan Peng (China)
The 10 open category winners were:
Architecture – Tim Cornbill (UK); Culture –Jianguo Gong (China); Enhanced – Lise Johansson (Denmark); Motion – Camilo Diaz (Colombia); Nature – Hiroshi Tanita (Japan); Portraits – Alexander Vinogradov (Russia); Still Life – Sergey Dibtsev (Russia); Street Photography – Constantinos Sofikitis (Greece); Travel – Ralph Gräf (Germany); Wildlife – Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)