Three Australian photographers have taken out the highest awards in their categories in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards competition.

© Antoine Veling, Australia, Winner, Open, Culture, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Antoine Veling won the Culture category for Mark 5:28, a photograph capturing the moment when members of the audience were invited on stage to dance at an Iggy Pop concert in the Sydney Opera House on 17 April 2019. The image was captured with a Sony RX100M4 camera and the scene, which was likened to a Caravaggio painting, conjures a biblical passage: Because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:25-34, line 28).

© Craig McGowan, Australia, Winner, Open, Landscape, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Craig McGowan took out the top award in the Landscape category with Ice Reflections, an image of a solitary iceberg, set against the fjord walls in Northeast Greenland National Park. The iceberg and surrounding landscape are perfectly mirrored in the clear waters of the river resulting in a painterly and abstract photograph.

© Adrian Guerin, Australia, Winner, Open, Travel, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards.

Adrian Guerin was the winner of the Travel category with Riding a Saharan Freight Train, an image taken from the top of the rear carriage of the iron-ore train in Mauritania as it was making its 700km long journey from the coastal town of Nouadhibou to the Saharan wilderness of Zouérat. Stretching 2.5km in length, it’s one of the longest trains in the world, transporting more than 200 carriages loaded with rocks.

More than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2020 competition, alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 (USD) reward. The overall Open winner will be announced on 9th June on the World Photography Organisation and Sony’s online platforms.

Winning and shortlisted images will be celebrated across the World Photography Organisation’s online channels and platforms using dedicated content including videos, presentations and Q&As. This follows the cancellation of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 exhibition due to the current pandemic. As a result, the World Photography Organisation has launched the Stay Connected page, featuring a varied programme of online initiatives, activities and resources which aims to support and inspire audiences and photographers recognised at this year’s Awards