What do you get when you cross a fantastic eye for detail with a number of useful camera skills? An award-winning shot.
The stunning winning images from the Sony World Photography Awards 2019 have been revealed.
The coveted photographer of the year title was presented to the 35-year-old Italian artist Federico Borella for his series Five Degrees.
The photographer, who received a cash prize of $ 25,000 (£ 19,200), used his images to make the link between male suicide in a drought-stricken region in South India and climate change.
In total there were 10 categories and it is a miracle that the judges were able to make a decision because the standards were sky high. A jaw-dropper was the winner of the open category – an ethereal underwater photo made in Hawaii. For the winner of the student category, the jurors chose a picture of skilled orange pickers in Spain and in the landscape category the gong went to a photo of a redevelopment project in China.
Scroll down for some of the winning entries from the 326,997 entries, which can also be seen at Somerset House in London until May 6. What do you notice?
The Hawaiian photographer from the state of Hawaii, Christy Lee Rogers, was named the open photographer of the year for her work, named Harmony, and received a prize of $ 5,000. This image has been selected from 10 winners & # 39; open category & # 39; as the most exciting independent photo. Rogers is an internationally exhibited artist who is known for the use of water and lighting in her photographic works to create dramatic effects. This image was shot underwater in Hawaii. Christy said she used the surface of a puddle as a canvas, using natural effects such as the refraction of light with movement to bend reality & # 39;
Sergi Villanueva from Spain was named the student photographer of the year. The 25-year-old was chosen by jury members from entries worldwide for his photographic series La Terreta. He wanted to use photography to explore his homeland through the local orange farming and harvesting process. He explained: & # 39; The orange tree is the essence of my country, it retains the sense of belonging and leaves the door open for future generations, and spreads a message about the value of caring for what nature gives us as a part of our identity & # 39;
The coveted photographer of the year title was presented to the Italian artist Federico Borella for his series Five Degrees. He used his images to investigate the link between male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, South India – which is experiencing the worst drought in 140 years – and climate change. Pictured on the left is Rasathi, 56, the wife of Selvarasy, a farmer who committed suicide in May 2017 by moving to his 65th birthday after receiving debts. Okay, a human skull found in the area
The youth photographer of the year was awarded to 18-year-old student Zelle Westfall, who was based in Atlanta. She submitted a striking single image of her friend (pictured left) in response to the & # 39; diversity & # 39; theme. She said she wanted her boyfriend's portrait to emphasize the & # 39; beauty of dark-skinned women, who are often told they are too dark & # 39 ;. On the right is an image of Sergi Villanueva, who won the student photographer of the year with his series focused on the orange industry in his home country of Spain. He represented Universidad Jaume I in Valencia and won € 30,000 in photography equipment from Sony for the institution
Yan Wang Preston was the first in the landscape category with her series To the South of the Colorful Clouds. The Preston series illustrates an & # 39; extraterrestrial & # 39; ecological restoration landscape project in Dali, Yunnan province, China. The series, which is part of an eight-year project, reveals the renovation of a rural piece of land in a leisure city
Yan, a British-Chinese artist based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, says that the vivid colors visible in the landscape are a result of semi-artificial soil that forms the basis for non-native plants, including many mature trees & # 39;
Jasper Doest from the Netherlands was the first in the natural world and the category of wildlife with his series Meet Bob. Bob is a Caribbean flamingo from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, making him seriously concise. He was cared for by Odette Doest, a local veterinarian who also runs a rehabilitation center for wildlife and a nature conservation organization
Due to his injuries, Bob the flamingo cannot be released into the wild and he is now ambassador for the Fundashon Animal and Education Caribbean Fund (FDOC), which educates the local population on the importance of protecting nature in Curaçao. Above Bob gives a domestic cat a shock
Stephan Zirwes from Germany was the first to enter the architecture category with his striking series Cut Outs – Pools 2018. He used a drone to take aerial shots of swimming spots while they had no swimmers
To explain why he chose swimming pools as his muse, Stephan says: & # 39; Swimming pools are public in Germany. They are part of social and cultural life, open to all types of social classes, a place where people spend a lot of time, especially in childhood and who leave pleasant memories. Everyone can pay the cheap entrance fee & # 39;
Rebecca Fertinel from Belgium was the first in the & # 39; short & # 39; with her series Ubuntu – I Am Because We Are. For this category, newcomers were asked to compile a series of work around a specific theme. The inauguration theme for 2019 was & # 39; identity & # 39 ;. Rebecca went to take photos of a wedding, where she witnessed the warmth of the Congolese community in Belgium
Rebecca said she used the Bantu concept of & # 39; ubuntu & # 39; wanted to record – that you only become a human being if you are connected to everything and everyone & # 39 ;. The photographer added: & # 39; I tried to capture the feeling of an event that looks like a real party, focused on fun and rituals and not on the need for a perfect location & # 39;
Nicolas Gaspardel and Pauline Baert from France scored first place in the still life category with their series Yuck. They say their creative approach is & # 39; composed of antithesis & # 39 ;, where unexpected ingredients collide
Photographers Nicolas and Pauline say that food is central to their ideas and that their distinctive appearance & # 39; pop tone & # 39; and & # 39; tight shots & # 39; is. They add: & # 39; Dali entertained herself by putting together works with irrational associations of forms, images and objects. Maurizio Cattelan now focuses on the undermining of symbols and provocations. We are somewhere in between, with a more general than personal point of view and a desire to give ugliness an artificial beauty & # 39;
Marinka Masséus from the Netherlands came first in the creative category with her series & # 39; Chosen [not] are & # 39 ;. She explains that her project & # 39; reflects on the reality of people with Down's syndrome – the barriers they encounter, the refusal of society to see their abilities, the invisibility of their true self – and their experiences visually translates & # 39;
Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni from Italy were the first in the & # 39; discover & # 39; with their Güle Güle series. They discovered how boat parties with Bosphorus are a very popular choice among young couples, especially for long-established middle-class immigrants from the Eastern countries, such as Armenians, Iraqis and Afghans & # 39;
On the left, a winning photo of Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni with a young Syrian refugee in Tarlabasi, Turkey. The photographers discovered that she lost both her parents during the war and was brought to Istanbul by some family friends, who now take care of her. Well, a portrait from the winning series by Marinka Masséus aimed at people with Down's syndrome and the barriers they encounter
Álvaro Laiz from Spain was the first in the portrait category with his series The Edge. He conquered members of a Paleo-Siberian tribe from the Russian side of the Bering Street known as the Chukchi. The photographer explained his project and said: & In the Chukchi culture, past, present and future are closely linked. You are not only you: you are your father, your grandfather and your great-grandfather, back to the first Bering Street Hunter. Thanks to population genetics research, we are now certain that the first Chukchi hunters left their genetic footprints on all Indian people when they first settled in America. The Edge combines this poetic but powerful idea of shared memory and science through data analysis of population vegetation for each participant & # 39;
Alessandro Grassani from Italy was the first in the sports category with his series Boxing Against Violence: The Female Boxers Of Goma Democratic Republic of Congo. Alessandro photographed 18-year-old boxer Blandini on a building site where she occasionally spends her nights. She explained why she boxed, said: “We live under the threat of being beaten and violated by men in a general state of discrimination. My mother's second husband put me out of my family and found me on the street. For a living, I do small jobs at people's homes, although my biggest concern is defending myself. That's why I do boxing – prepare myself for life, become a champion and maybe make a living. My husband left me when my second child was born, leaving me completely unprotected. I was once covered in oil by a group of men and set on fire like a candle. The scars in my neck and arm are the memory of that night & # 39;