Simon Norfolk wins SWPA Award

24 April 2015

Competitions, Industry news

The Jury of the world’s largest photography competition has named Simon Norfolk as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Simon Norfolk, a landscape photographer who lives and works in Brighton and is represented by INSTITUTE, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series called 'When I Am Laid In Earth'.  In the series the photographer maps with a pyrograph the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya.

Norfolk had previously been awarded 1st place in the Professional People category of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards and 2nd place in the Professional Architecture category in the same year.

Talking about his win Norfolk comments: “As Photography with a capital 'P' seems to be happy to decline into purposeless 'picture-making' and Photoshop gimmicks, it's great to see that Sony are still rewarding real documentary photography with a focus on an issue as important as climate change. I hope that continues.”

The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders.  The winning series will be shown at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London and will be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

Three further British photographers were also recognised at the awards:

  • Jonathan Syer, 2nd place, Professional Campaign
  • Dougie Wallace, 2nd place, Professional Portraiture
  • Rich Wiles, 3rd place, Professional Arts & Culture

Image: © Simon Norfolk/INSTITUTE, United Kingdom, Winner, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards