Winners of the L'Iris d'Or competition in the Sony World Photography Awards 2014

The American photographer Sara Lewkowicz Naomi receives the title L'Iris d'Or and a prize of $ 25,000

The 31-year American photographer Naomi Sara Lewkowicz was announced today as the winner of the L'Iris d'Or 2014, Photographer of the Year of the Sony World Photography Awards, beating over 139.554 entries from 166 countries, which represented the number highest enrollments in the seven year history of the competition. The photographer received her prize - a Sony digital imaging equipment and $ 25,000 cash - in the Gala Ceremony of the Sony World Photography Awards held in London.

The judges voted unanimously by the overwhelming number of Lewkowicz, 'Shane and Maggie' - a close examination of domestic violence as a process - as the photographic series winner this year. Through its project, Lewkowicz seeks to provide a deeper and more specific to domestic abuse, as a process as opposed to a single incident look. The series examines how it develops and eventually you get to a pattern of abuse at its finest, as well as the short and long term in the victims, their families and perpetrators of abuse. The proposal terrible and tender, violent and incomprehensible, but artistically colorful stories are present.

About winning series, the jury foreman, WM Hunt said: "Vibrant colors, intense, dramatic and full of impact, disconcertingly intimate and provocative."

Sara Lewkowicz is native to New York and pursuing a master's degree in visual communication at Ohio University, Athens. He is a graduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. Her work has been included in publications such as Time Magazine, Stern and Days Japan. She has won several grants and awards, including scholarship Alexia Student Grant 2013, first in the Category Contemporary Issues for World Press Photo and the Ville Award Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award 2013. Has been recognized as The Student photographer of the year 2013 for COPY and have been granted awards and honors including POYi, Days Japan, World Report Award for Ethical Photography Festival in Italy, and many others.

Selected by the honorable Evaluation Committee, the L'Iris d'Or - our most distinguished award - is for a single photographer, whose work is at the top of the entries received. Photographer is chosen from the winners of the first places in all occupational categories. The series-winning work of L'Iris d'Or, along with the other winners announced tonight at the awards ceremony will be shown as part of the display of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 in Somerset House from 1 to 18 on May. The images will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Photographer of the Year of the Open category - Chen Li, China

Amateur Chinese photographer Chen Li was announced as the photographer of the Year Awards Open competition this year. The winning image of Chen Li, 'Rain in an ancient town', was selected from over 65,000 registered images worldwide, in a competition that sought to find the best single picture captured by an amateur photographer or photography fan. Chen Li, who lives in Fenghuang County, Hunan Province, has been an astute amateur photographer for over 30 years.

Winners and finalists in the Professional category As part of the awards ceremony, also unveiled the winners and the photographers who took 2nd and 3rd place in the Professional competition. The winners of the Professional competition were in London to receive their award in person. The series winning works showcase the best of international contemporary photography - from still life and architectural images that take the viewer to find something surprising in the everyday, to witty images of wet dogs. The winners are:

Architecture - Ludovic Maillard, France

Art and culture - Viviana Peretti, Italy

Campaign - Spencer Murphy, UK

Conceptual - Thomas Brummett, United States

Contemporary Issues - Naomi Sara Lewkowicz, United States

Topics - Guy Martin, UK

Landscape - Roei Greenberg, Israel

Lifestyle - Myriam Meloni, Italy

Nature and Wildlife - Michael Nichols, United States

People - Mario Wezel, Germany

Portrait - Sophie Gamand, France

Sports - Salvatore Di Gregorio, Italy

Still Life - Amanda Harman, UK

Trips - Ricardo Teles, Brazil

Outstanding contribution to photography - Mary Ellen Mark

The iconic American photographer Mary Ellen Mark was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award.

Mary Ellen Mark is recognized as one of the most influential photographers of the world, and their work has become the standard of excellence in the field of documentary photography. Starting as a freelance photographer and usually work on film sets, Mark leads the race for four decades and arduous journeys. Her work is characterized by a constant vision of making images that reflect a high degree of humanism as well as capture and recognize people at the extremes of society.

To mark the award, a retrospective of the work of Mark in Somerset House from 1 to May 18 as part of the Exhibition of 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 2014 show. Additionally a further selection of images will be published in the 2014 edition of the book winners of Sony World Photography Awards. The Outstanding Contribution Award previously granted to William Eggleston, William Klein, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud and Phil Stern.

Photographer of the year competition Student Focus - Scarlet Evans, UK

The British photographer Scarlet Evans, who competed for the title of Photographer of the Year Spotlight Student competition representing their university, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the UK, was announced as the winner and received € 35,000 in equipment Sony digital image for her college. The Student Focus Award is one of the biggest international programs for students of photography. With the participation of 230 educational institutions around the world, it aims to support and inspire the next generation of photographers.

Photographer of the year competition Young - Paulina Metzscher, Germany

The amazing image of a young girl on a train at night in China, assured Metzscher Paulina, 19, the title of photographer of the year in Young competition. Metzscher’s picture was chosen as the best single picture taken by a photographer less than 20 years. Winners Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2014 The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are proud partners of the Sony World Photography Awards. Two amazing books share the £ 10,000 prize for the best book of photographs and the best book of the year in motion pictures. The winners this year are:

Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer by Agnès Sire and Gonzalo Leiva Quijada (Thames and Hudson) Best Photography Book Award

Award Best Moving Image Book Award: Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925 by Luke McKernan (University of Exeter Press)

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation also awarded Philippa Brewster, Senior Editor of Visual Culture at IB Tauris the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award (outstanding contribution Editorial) in recognition of his years of dedication and its impact on the visual publishing industry.

Display of Sony World Photography Awards 2014

All winning series, along with the work of photographers shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2014, will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from 1 to May 18 as part of the display of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014. Display also includes a curated art by the iconic American photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who received the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.

Global Ambassadors Program Imaging Sony - William Klein and Panos Pictures

Produced in collaboration with the World Photography Organisation, the Global Imaging Sony Ambassadors Program is a new initiative from Sony that brings together some of the best photographers in the world. The legendary photographer William Klein, along with a select group of photographers from Panos Pictures are among the first photographers "Master" to join the Sony Ambassador program and the special work will be shown as part of this exhibition.

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Notes to editors:

For the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 competition, enrolled a total of 139.554 pictures - 69.114 for the Professional competition entries, 65,512 entries for the Open competition and 4,928 registered images for the Young competition.

Honorable Jury 2014:

President; W. M. Hunt (USA), collector, curator and consultant in New York, Ruth Eichhorn (Germany), Director of Photography GEO Icoz Isabella (Turkey), Art Advisor, Johanna Neurath (UK), Director of Design Thames & Hudson Publishing, Poorna Bell 
 (UK), Editor Lifestyle of the Huffington Post, Hannah Brenchley (UK), Editor of Image Tatler, Guy Harrington (United Kingdom), Director of Soho Management, Simon Barnett (USA ), Director of CNN Digital Photography, Harry Hardie Candlestar (United Kingdom) Panos Pictures / HERE Press, Matthew Pillsbury (USA), Photographer.

Professional competition results


The 1st Ludovic Maillard / Photo Babel, France

The 2nd Herman Van Den Boom, Belgium

The 3rd Sungseok Ahn, Republic of Korea

Arts and Culture

The 1st Viviana Peretti, Italy

The 2nd Sturaro Elisa, Italy

The 3rd Chloe Bartram, Australia


The 1st Spencer Murphy, UK

The 2nd Morten Germund , Denmark


The 1st Thomas Brummett, United States

The 2nd Hao Li, Taiwan

The 3rd Frauke Thielking, Germany


The 1st Guy Martin / Panos, UK

The 2nd Salvatore Esposito / Contrasto, Italy

The 3rd Dan Kitwood / Getty Images, UK

Contemporary Issues

The 1st Naomi Sara Lewkowicz / Getty Reportage, United States

The 2nd Stanislav Krupar / LAIF, Czech Republic

The 3rd Alexander Cegarra, Venezuela


The 1st Roei Greenberg, Israel

The 2nd Kacper Kowalski / Panos, Poland

The 3rd Matthew Baum, UK


The 1st Viviana Peretti, Italy

The 2nd Salvatore Esposito / Contrasto, Italy

The 3rd Mikhail Petrov, Russia

Nature and Wildlife

The 1st Michael Nichols / National Geographic, United States

The 2nd Christian Ziegler, Panama

The 3rd Tony Hertz, United States


The 1st Mario Wezel, Germany

The 2nd Stacy Kranitz, United States

The 3rd Vinicio Drappo, Italy


The 1st Sophie Gamand, France

The 2nd Anna Di Prospero, Italy

The 3rd Ken Hermann, Denmark


The 1st Salvatore Di Gregorio, Italy

The 2nd John Quintero, Colombia

The 3rd YongSheing Zheng, China

Still Life

The 1st Amanda Harman, UK

The 2nd Mezzadri Matteo, Italy

The 3rd-Uwe Gundlach Kei, Germany


The 1st Ricardo Teles, Brazil

The 2nd Wilfred Berthelsen, Norway

The 3rd Christian Vizl, Mexico

He requested the honorable Jury elect a minimum of three and a maximum of ten photographers by category. The photographers who participated in the Professional competencies enrolled a minimum of three and a maximum of ten images per category were evaluated by series of works. All pictures must have been photographed in 2013 and first published in 2013.

About the World Photography Organisation (WPO, World Photography)

The WPO provides support to young, professional and amateur photographers offering a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in all photographic genres. Providing several initiatives this global community, these programs involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors while creating events involving the general public. Currently, within the portfolio of skills WPO Sony World Photography Awards, World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment included.

In addition, the recently launched WPO Photo Shanghai, the new International Art Exhibition in Asia Pacific focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication that explores and photography discussion. The WPO also has a significant online presence through its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and engages its audience through online discussions PhotoTalk newspapers. For more information, visit

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The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in the publication of photographs and moving images. They were founded in 1985 by the prolific Hungarian editor and founder of Focal Press, Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Separately for two awards for photography books and books moving image (including film and television) published in the UK between January 1 and December 31 are granted. Eligible submissions are added to the book Kraszna-Krausz Photography and motion pictures found in the library of the National Media Museum in Bradford Collection. For more information visit:

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was created in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, founder of the influential publisher Focal Press. The charity gives annual awards for books of photography and motion pictures and supports First Book Award from the National Media Museum in partnership with MACK prize.

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