Sony WPA Professional winners 2014

01 May 2014

Industry news, Competitions

Three British photographers have been  named as professional category winners of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards - one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world.  They are winners are:

  • Spencer Murphy, Campaign Photographer of the Year
  • Guy Martin, Current Affairs Photographer of the Year
  • Amanda Harman, Still Life Photographer of the Year

All three photographers were presented with their award at a gala ceremony attended by the elite of the photography industry. Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history. From the submissions, the Honorary Jury - Chaired by W M Hunt - selected 14 category winners representing the very finest in international contemporary photography from the past 12 months.

SPENCER MURPHY, Campaign Photographer of the Year

Spencer won the campaign category with his image series, ‘Channel 4 Racing - The Original Extreme Sport’. The winning series is a number of portraits of jump jockeys post-race, showing the extremes the jockeys go to in pursuit of their sport.

GUY MARTIN, Current Affairs Photographer of the Year 

Martin’s winning series ‘Gezi Park’, shows protestors gathering to demonstrate against the construction of another Mosque, mall and shopping district on one of the few slivers of green space still available in city of Istanbul - a city that is becoming increasingly urbanised. Martin’s colourful and bold images provide a glimpse of the drama that evolved in the streets of Istanbul during these weeks in the summer of 2013.

AMANDA HARMAN, Still life Photographer of the Year

Harman’s winning series, ‘Garden Stories, Hidden Labours’, consists of beautiful images of unintended or ‘accidental’ still lives. The work seeks to make visible the unseen and often unsung work of the gardeners, by revealing small signs of the day-to-day, such as the tending of plants; their protection from insects; disease and weather; the nurturing of seedlings and tender plants in the glasshouses; the harvesting, drying and storing of crops, and the gathering of flowers from the garden to be arranged and placed in the house.

Talking about the winners Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, comments: “Our jury has the task of finding bodies of work, which leave a lasting impression and this years winning photographers reveal insightful perspectives into a great variety of subjects. We are extremely pleased with the selection and are looking forward to working with these photographers throughout the coming year.

Image: © Guy Martin. Women watch police fire tear gas canisters close to where they are standing. Gezi Park, Istanbul, June 2013