Sony World Photography Awards

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be in Cannes at the prestigious Palais des Festivals for the Sony World Photography Awards where I cast m

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be in Cannes at the prestigious Palais des Festivals for the Sony World Photography Awards where I cast my discerning eye over some mighty fine photographs.

There was a vast array of subjects and genres covered, from fine art and portrait to current affairs and advertising. The competition was open to both professional and amateur photographers, all of whom make any attempts at photography I've ever made look like the clumsy work of a five-year-old.

Like most photographers, I'm not the most disciplined when it comes to filing and saving my snaps. So only now have I managed to collect the work of some of the winners to give you a taste of the talent on show.

In low-res on a computer screen really doesn't do them justice, but here is a selection of some of the winners to give you an idea:

 

David Zimmerman (United States)

L'Iris D'Or / Sony World Photographer of the Year, Professional – Fine Art (landscape)

(© David Zimmerman) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

 

Wojciech Grzedzinski (Poland)

Professional – Photojournalism and Documentary (current affairs)

(© Wojciech Grzedzinski) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

 

Vincent Foong (Singapore)

Amateur – Natural History

(© Vincent Foong) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

 

Tammy Baker (UK)

Professional – Fine Art (conceptual and constructed)

 

(© Tamany Baker) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

 

Julian Abraham (Canada)

Professional – Photojournalism and Documentary (sport)

(© Julian Abram Wainwright) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

 

Lorenz Holder (Germany)

Amateur – Sport

(© Lorenz Holder) courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

If these have whet your appetite for more, head over to the Sony World Photography Awards site where you can see more of the award-winning photos, find out about next year's awards and even submit your own snaps for judging.