Australian photographer, Adam Ferguson, has won first place in Professional category, in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards with a series of images titled ‘Migrantes’.

A selection of images from Adam Ferguson’s winning portfolio, which covers self-portraits of migrants in Mexico, as they wait to cross the border into the United States. © Adam Ferguson.

Ferguson mounted a medium format camera on a tripod with a cable release and then stepped back, allowing the migrants to choose the moment of capture and give them agency in the process of documenting their lives as they waited to cross the border into the United States.

Adam Pretty took out second place in the Professionals Sports photography category, which was won by Ricardo Teles from Brazil. Pretty’s portfolio of images was captured at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Other winners were as follows:

DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS WINNER: Jan Grarup (Denmark), 2nd place Fabian Ritter (Germany), 3rd place Win McNamee (United States).

ENVIRONMENT WINNER: Shunta Kimura (Japan), 2nd place Gideon Mendel (South Africa), 3rd place Giacomo d’Orlando (Italy).

LANDSCAPE WINNER: Lorenzo Poly (Italy), 2nd place Andrius Repšys (Lithuania), 3rd place Gareth Iwan Jones (United Kingdom).

PORTFOLIO WINNER: Hugh Fox (United Kingdom), 2nd place Julian Anderson (United Kingdom), 3rd place Anna Neubauer (Austria).

STILL LIFE WINNER: Haruna Ogata (Japan) & Jean-Etienne Portail (France), 2nd place Cletus Nelson Nwadike (Sweden), 3rd place Alessandro Gandolfi (Italy).

WILDLIFE & NATURE WINNER: Milan Radisics (Hungary), 2nd place Federico Borella (Italy), 3rd place Oana Baković (Romania).

Scott Wilson (United Kingdom) is Open Photographer of the Year 2022 and the recipient of the $5,000 (USD) cash prize, Sony’s digital imaging equipment and global exposure.

Ezra Bohm (Netherlands) of the Nederlandse Acedemie voor Beeldcreatie has been awarded Student Photographer of the Year 2022, winning €30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for his institution.

Selected from six category winners, Tri Nguyen (Vietnam, 18 years-old) has won Youth Photographer of the Year 2022 for his image Under The Moonlight.

This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography has been awarded to the renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers, Burtynsky is best known for his sweeping images of industrial landscapes and the wider environmental crisis.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2022 virtual exhibition is available to view via: