The Spectacular Winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

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    ‘The highest platform' © Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia, Winner, Open Motion and Winner, Indonesia National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The new aquatic stadium for The 18th Asian Games just has opened in Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, Jakarta. It will be held in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang. A diving athlete in the middle of training session while I was capturing this moment.

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    ‘Challenge' © Don Ferdinand Tabbun, Philippines, Shortlist, Open Culture and Winner, UAE National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The photo was taken during the Al Dhafra Camel and Heritage Festival in the western region of Abu Dhabi, the annual occasion to celebrate the rich culture and tradition of the region.

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    ‘Hayder museum' © Abdulla AL-Mushaifri, Winner, Qatar National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Hayder Cultural Center, Baku Azerbaijan

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    ‘The Boot' © Nicu Spinu, Romania, Winner, National Awards, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Same magical place, Bukovina. A land blessed by God with stunning landscapes and welcoming people.

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    ‘Young Minotaur' © Panos Skordas, Greece, Winner, Open Culture, and Winner, Greece National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The picture was taken in the actual palace of King Minos, on the island of Crete. Costume and mask made by me, the model with lots of patience son.

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    ‘The Devil Inside' © Chintan Shamsher Gauchan, Winner, Nepal National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. This shot was taken with a friend of mine in an abandoned incomplete tower in Kathmandu.

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    ‘Emile' © Nick Dolding, United Kingdom, Winner, Open Portraiture and Winner, United Kingdom National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The stylish Emile shot for Paypal looking suitably aloof and hoity in a set with just a little nod towards Wes Anderson.

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    ‘Winnie' © Kenneth O Halloran, Ireland, 1st Place, National Awards, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. I first met Winnie with her family at the annual Africa Day celebrations in Farmleigh House in Dublin on Sunday the 21st May. I was commissioned by the Irish Times to cover the event which is a celebration of the culture, diversity, and links to Ireland of the continent’s 54 countries. I photographed Winnie with 2 other girls, Yewande Ogunnaike and Favour Nwoga. The African girls were competing in The Miss Africa competition, all three wearing tiaras. Winnie was celebrating her first Holy Communion with her parents, brothers, and sisters. The resulting image appeared on the front page of the following day’s Irish Times Newspaper. I also took a few family photographs and promised to deliver the images in person to their home at a later date. Two weeks later I delivered the photographs and spoke to Winnie’s mother about the possibility of making a portrait of her as a solitary figure, only this time using the back garden as a location.

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    ‘Nisha in a cornfield' © Mirella Lukens, Netherlands, Commended, Open Culture, and Winner, Netherlands National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. In the photo, you can see Nisha, a 15-year-old Hindu girl, dressed and styled according to modern Indian culture. She wore, among other things, a head ornament and traditional ‘mehendi' (red henna) on her hands. The photo was made last year on a warm summer morning in July. The location is a cornfield in our hometown Gasselternijveen (Drenthe). It was cloudy that morning, but the sun had enough power to provide a silhouette on the white canvas.

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    Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska's BBQ; Columbus, Texas 2017' © Richard Frishman, United States, Winner, Open Still Life and Winner, United States National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Jerry Mikeska's BBQ in Columbus, Texas features an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sunday afternoons.

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