World’s best single images revealed by the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Klaus Lenzen, Open, Enhanced (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Selected from hundreds of thousands of entries worldwide, the winners of the Open competition and National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced today.

The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as the world’s very best single photographs, and the National Awards winners selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer across nearly 70 countries. The winning works and their photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Subject matter across the photographs could not have been more diverse. Photographers chose a variety of stunning landscapes, personal portraits, touching encounters and sporting moments as their inspiration.

Chair of judges, Zelda Cheatle, comments: “Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special - whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.”

All Open category and National Award winners receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, the winning work will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book and shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from 20 April – 6 May 2018.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories winners, will be announced in London on 19 April 2018. Discover more at worldphoto.org.

PANOS SKORDAS, Open, Culture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

PANOS SKORDAS, Open, Culture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Manuel Armenis, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Manuel Armenis, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Nick Dolding, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Nick Dolding, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Richard Frishman, Open, Still Life (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Richard Frishman, Open, Still Life (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Mikkel Beiter, Open, Travel (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Mikkel Beiter, Open, Travel (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Veselin Atanasov, Open, Landscape & Nature (2018 Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Veselin Atanasov, Open, Landscape & Nature (2018 Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Fajar Kristianto, Open, Motion (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Fajar Kristianto, Open, Motion (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Justyna Zduńczyk, Open, Wildlife (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Justyna Zduńczyk, Open, Wildlife (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Andreas Pohl, Open, Architecture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards

Andreas Pohl, Open, Architecture (Open competition), Shortlist, 2018, Sony World Photography Awards