Striking portraits and magical landscapes win Sony World Photography Awards


The national winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards have just been announced and the images are breathtakingly beautiful. This year, more than 340,000 images were submitted in total from more than 61 countries, of which 170,000 participated in the open competition.

Set up by the World Photography Organization and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, the National Awards program includes 65 winners from Austria to Bangladesh, North Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Poland and everywhere else.

Read more: Announcement of the shortlist of students and young people for the Sony World Photography Award 2022

This year, for the first time, the World Photography Organization and Sony Latin America have created a new award: the Latin America National Awards. Aiming to shine a light on the diverse and vibrant photographic communities that live in Central America, South America and Mexico, the prize includes a first, second and third place winner as well as six shortlisted photographers.

Entrants can submit images in ten categories which include: portrait, landscape, travel, natural world and wildlife, movement, street photography, object, lifestyle, architecture and design. Two of the images that particularly stood out to me were a striking portrait by South African photographer Tshabalala Bongani and a magical capture taken from inside a cave by Taiwanese photographer Chihao Wang.

All national award winners will be included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book and they will also receive Sony digital imaging equipment to use for their future photography work.

The winners of the student, youth, open and professional categories will be announced on April 12, 2022 and an exhibition will be held at Somerset House, London, from April 13 to May 2.

To see a selection of this year’s national award winners, including award winners from Latin America, scroll below. You can also head to the Sony World Photography website to see the student finalists and monthly youth winners.

(Image credit: © Kazi Arifuzzaman, Bangladesh, Winner, National Awards, Architecture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

A morning countryside scene where vintage cars add a classic touch. The photo was taken with a 50mm lens during a September photo tour in the village of Idku in northern Egypt. (Image credit: © Sherif Salem, Egypt, Winner, National Awards, Street Photography, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Silence is the most powerful cry – A forest story created on a cold winter day on February 18, 2021. The idea was purely and simply to create a personal work of art. (Image credit: © Sussi Charlotte Alminde, Denmark, Winner, National Awards, Creative, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Rolling Boil – a self-portrait (Image credit: © Foteini Zaglara, Greece, Winner, National Awards, Creative, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Sheave (Image credit: © Edina Csoboth, Hungary, Winner, National Awards, Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

A City Among the Clouds – This is a photograph of Bukhansan Mountain in Seoul, South Korea. Many people climb the mountain to see the sunrise, but it is rare to see the city covered in clouds at sunrise. I’ve been there several times and I was lucky enough to finally see it. I feel gratitude to Mother Nature for changing Seoul’s architecture from monotonous to colorful (Image credit: © Wonyoung Choi, Korea (Republic of), Winner, National Awards, Architecture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Turquoise lake – I took this photo of a turquoise lake in Poland with a drone in the fall of 2021. Let’s not be fooled by the blue color of the water, or the color of the sand. It is the result of human activity interfering with the natural environment. You can’t swim in this lake, and the water is poisonous (Image credit: © Marcin Giba, Poland, Winner, National Awards, Landscape, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Wild horses – While visiting France this summer, we saw the famous Camargue white horses. Their elegance and energy fascinated me so much that I was left speechless. (Image credit: © Matjaž Šimic, Slovenia, Winner, National Awards, Natural World & Wildlife, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Stars over Yellowstone – An astrophotograph taken at Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone’s hottest geyser basin. It is located near the northwest edge of Yellowstone Caldera near Norris Junction and at the intersection of three major faults (Image credit: © Mazin Alhassan, Saudi Arabia, Winner, National Awards, Landscape, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Bat Cave Sink – Many bats inhabited this cave in ancient times. They have disappeared due to today’s environmental changes (Image credit: © Chihao Wang, Taiwan, Winner, National Awards, Landscape, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Montsho – Montsho, meaning ‘black’, is a word used in South Africa to make fun of a dark-skinned person. This photograph explores the emotional effects of childhood teasing: depression and low self-esteem. Montsho opens conversations around the representation of the black body and black life, challenging the idea that blackness is homogeneous. For me, this photograph speaks of both destruction and preservation; it’s about what we choose to embrace after going through trauma. (Image credit: © Tshabalala Bongani, South Africa, Winner, National Awards, Portraiture, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards)

Read more:

Best Sony Camera
The best Sony lenses
Best Camera for Portraits
Best Camera for Landscape Photography
Best camera for street photography

Previous Save with Sony photography deals, February promotions
Next Valentine's Day gift idea: Florina Photography