Here are some of our favourite images from the Sony World Photography Awards 2023—which is the most prestigious honour in its field. It is made up of four separate competitions—Professional, Open, Student, and Youth. All entries are free and the top prize is $25,000. This year, the judges received more than 415,000 images from over 200 countries.
The lead image is titled ‘Childhood’ and is taken by Azim Khan Ronnie from Bangladesh. It is the winner of the Open Competition, Lifestyle.
One: This picture titled ‘Mighty Pair’ by Dinorah Graue Obscura was the overall winner of the Open Competition, Natural World & Wildlife.
Two: Here is one from Edgar Martins who was named Photographer of the Year. His series ‘Our War’ which pays homage to Martins' friend—photojournalist Anton Hammerl who was shot and killed during the Libyan Civil War in 2011—is the overall winner for Professional Competition, Portraiture.
Three: This stunning photo by Jordi Coy was shortlisted for the Open Competition, Landscape.
Four: This beautiful image is called ‘Stoat’s Game’ and was captured by Jose Manuel Grandio of Spain. It was one of the shortlists in Open Competition, Natural World & Wildlife.
Five: We love this gorgeous portrait by Gemma Sains from the UK, who was shortlisted in the Open Competition, Portraiture.
Six: Here is one by Ninoshka Pais from Canada who was shortlisted for the Open Competition, Lifestyle.
Seven: This photo has been described as “Two ‘ghosts’ pose in front of their ancestors’ house.” It was captured by Jean-Claude Moschetti from France, and was one of the finalists for Professional Competition, Portraiture.
Eight: This one is aptly named ‘The Captivating Eyes’. It was taken by Protap Shekhor Mohanto from Bangladesh and was one of the shortlisted entries for Open Competition, Natural World & Wildlife.
Nine: This is titled ‘Sunken Church Tower’ by Paweł Jagiełło and was shortlisted in Open Competition, Travel.
Ten: Here is one amazing photograph titled ‘We are one’ by Mariola Glajcar of Poland, who was shortlisted for Open Competition, Creative.