Italian photographer Tommaso Ausili is the overall winner of the L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year award. Ausili’s series of photographs in the Contemporary Issues category, The Hidden Death, captures an assembly line at an abattoir. Ausili received a $25,000 cash prize plus Sony digital SLR camera equipment and he joins previous L’Iris d’Or winners, David Zimmerman and Vanessa Winship, as a member of the World Photographic Academy.
Tommaso Ausili said at the ceremony held in Cannes last night: “I’m very glad to receive this award. Since I started this series on the death of animals, I have felt an enormous sense of guilt, and this prize goes some way to repay that debt. Thanks to the Sony World Photography Awards for honouring my work with this prize.”
Photographer Vitali Seitz was announced as the 2010 Sony World Amateur Photographer of the Year at the ceremony. Based in Munich, but originally from Siberia, Vitali’s image entitled, Hauskonzert: Home concert, was taken at an informal concert as part of a family birthday and also won the amateur Music category. Vitali wins a $5,000 cash prize and Sony digital SLR camera equipment.
The 12 professional winners spanned categories as diverse as fashion, architecture, current affairs and sport and were revealed alongside the Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year as part of the World Photography Festival.
Chosen by the 2010 Honorary Judging Committee, comprising 12 World Photographic Academy members, the professional category winners are:
Photojournalism and Documentary
Walter Astrada (Argentina) for Current Affairs
Scott Barbour (New Zealand) for Sport
Tommaso Ausili (Italy) for Contemporary Issues
Paolo Pellegrin (Italy) for Arts and Entertainment
Martin Brent (United Kingdom) for Advertising
David Handley (United Kingdom) for Fashion
Mohammad Golchin (Iran) for Music
Philipp Lohöefener (Germany) for Architecture
Tommaso Bonaventura (Italy) for Portraiture
Renhui Zhao (Singapore) for Conceptual and Constructed
Pere Pascual (Spain) for Natural History
Peter Franck (Germany) for Landscape
Winning and shortlisted images will be showcased in the Sony World Photography Awards Global Tour exhibition throughout 2010 and 2011. To see the rest of the photos, go to Sony World Photography Awards.
Note: The 2011 Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries on Friday 28 May.