Chris Round, has been named as the winner of the 2018 Australia National Award in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.


Intake tower, Blowering Reservoir NSW, Australia. © Chris Round, Australia, Commended, Open Architecture and Winner, Australia National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Round, a fine art photographer based in Sydney, captured the image as part of an ongoing project concerning the Snowy Hydro Scheme and the Snowy Mountains region in New South Wales. He says the project is “an exploration of the balance between nature and mans intervention upon it – vast structures amongst epic landscapes, re-shaped waterways and newly created ones. This is the Blowering Reservoir intake tower taken in

the early morning light. The brutalist structure creates an interesting juxtaposition with the surrounding environment and the soft-looking water ““ a result of the need for a long exposure.”

The work was selected by an expert panel of judges as the best single image taken by an Australian photographer submitted to the 2018 Awards. The 11th edition of the awards saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. As National Award winner, Chris Round receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The winning work will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 ““ May 6 and published in the 2018 Awards’ book.

The overall and Professional category winners of the Awards will be announced April 19. For more details visit