The awards have the power to change the lives of those who enter them. Here are a few of the stories from those:
Although already an established photographer in Norway, winning the 2013 L’Iris d’Or, Photographer of the Year title, propelled Andrea Gjestvang onto the global stage.
Her stunning series of portraits of the children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya, outside Oslo, “One Day in History”, were published around the world and, despite being a mum to a very young baby at the time of the win, has barely stopped working since.
Andrea says: “Winning the L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year 2013 was a great recognition and it made my work reach out to a worldwide audience. Both editors, collectors, potential collaborators in the business, but most important the normal readers that were moved and engaged by the images. It opened up new opportunities for me, and was a huge motivation to continue following the stories that I believe in.”
Natalia was a student at the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow when she entered the Student Focus competition in 2013. An aspiring photographer with a strong artistic style, her series of work caught the judges’ attention and she was named the 2013 Student Photographer of the Year.
Since winning, Natalia has had her work shown in many of the world’s leading photography magazines and has delivered masterclass on behalf of Sony.
One of the awards’ most prolific winners, German photographer Peter Franck has won professional categories in both 2010 and 2012 and received placements in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2015. His unique style explores the border between painting and photography and has captured the imagination of the awards’ judges over the last eight years.
He comments: “The multiple wins at the awards has made, with certainty, me better known in the photographic and artistic circles. Plus it has helped with future projects to refer to past exhibitions around the world which my images have been shown in.The selection of the jury members and the entire organisation of the competition is very convincing. The exhibition which accompanied the awards is a great thing and the public relations for the competition also has a very big role.“
Spanish photographer Daniel Duart won 2nd prize in the Professional Travel category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
Since then, Daniel has worked with Sony Europe to promote the Sony RX1 camera, travelled around Latin America with Sony delivering workshops and masterclasses on travel photography.
Speaking about his involvement with the awards Daniel says: “”Being part of the SWPA made my work visible in half Latin America, they helped me spread the word (or the images) all around the world and I was even on TV!”