With more than 230,000 entries from around the globe this year, the Sony World Photography Awards claims the title to the world’s largest photography competition. But it’s not just the volume of participants that makes this brainchild of the World Photography Organisation so prominent—it’s the quality and importance of the work that rises to the top.
Here are this year’s winners in the Professional categories (seven for documentary and seven for art work), judged on a body of work, announced at a gala evening in London on April 21. They are among more than 500 images on view through May 8 at Somerset House in London. See work from second and third place winners in every category here.
Art: Landscape, Maroesjka Lavigne
Documentary: People, Kevin Frayer
Documentary: Campaign, Jetmir Idrizi
Documentary: Sport, Nikolai Linares Larsen
Art: Portraiture, Marcello Bonfanti
Art: Candid, Kirstin Schmitt
Documentary: Environment, Kevin Frayer
Art: Conceptual, Julien Mauve
Art: Still Life, Francesco Amorosino
Documentary: Daily Life, Espen Rasmussen
Documentary: Current Affairs, Angelos Tzortzinis
Art: Architecture, Amélie Labourdette
Art: Staged, Alberto Alicata