American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz has been announced as 2014’s L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year by the World Photography Organisation.

Selected from 140,000 from 166 countries, the  winning portfolio, titled  ‘Shane and Maggie’, takes a deep, unflinching look at domestic abuse as a process, as opposed to a single incident and explores  its short and long-term effects on victims, their families, and their abusers. Winners of individual professional categories are listed below:
Architecture: Ludovic Maillard
Arts & Culture: Viviana Peretti
Campaign: Spencer Murphy
Conceptual: Thomas Brummett
Contemporary Issues: Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
Current Affairs: Guy Martin
Landscape: Roei Greenberg
Lifestyle: Myriam Meloni
Nature & Wildlife: Michael Nichols
People: Mario Wezel
Portraiture: Sophie Gamand
Sport: Salvatore Di Gregorio
Still Life: Amanda Harman
Travel: Ricardo Teles
Winning images can be viewed at