Sony World Photography Awards Announces Winners

The World Photography Organisation is delighted to reveal the National Award winners for the Sony World Photography Awards 2023.

The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 55 countries taking part this year.

Image top of page: Photographer Name: Armin Durgut Image Name: Bosnia Old Bridge Diving Year: 2023 Image Description: Stefan Jevtic dives from the Old Bridge during the 456th traditional annual high diving competition in Mostar, Bosnia. A total of 31 divers from Bosnia and surrounding regions leapt from the 23-metre-high bridge into the Neretva river. Copyright: © Armin Durgut, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Shortlist, Regional Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2023

Photographer Name: Oday Shanshal Image Name: Knights Year: 2023 Image Description: This photograph was taken in November 2022 at a horse festival in Morocco. The picture was taken using a slow shutter speed, while panning the camera to follow the movement of the knights. Copyright: © Oday Shanshal, United Arab Emirates, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2023

Over 415,000 images from over 200 countries and territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2023 and over 200,000 were entered to the Open competition (from which the National Awards winner was selected).


New to this year’s Awards are four new Regional Awards set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony Europe. The new Awards spotlight the breadth of photographic talent from a range of countries across Europe and are divided into four categories: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Romania & Moldova Regional Award; the Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania Regional Award; the Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina Regional Award; and the Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria & North Macedonia Regional Award.

Photographer Name: Sandra Handschin Image Name: Dynamic Athlete Year: 2023 Image Description: To demonstrate the dynamic nature of this young Swiss athlete I worked with water splashes and gelled lights. Copyright: © Sandra Handschin, Switzerland, Winner, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2023

All National Award winners receive Sony digital imaging equipment and will be included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book.

The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards 2023 will be announced on 13 April 2023 and will go on display as part of the exhibition at Somerset House, London (14 April-1 May 2023). For more information about upcoming announcements and winners please visit

Photographer Name: Hajime Hirano Image Name: Phoenix Year: 2023 Image Description: After the harvest, the farmers in my hometown burn the straw back to the soil. From the air, this burning wheat field looks like a phoenix. Copyright: © Hajime Hirano, Japan, 1st Place, National Awards, Sony World Photography Awards 2023

This year’s National Awards winners are:

  • Austria – Fabian Jung
  • Bangladesh – Protap Shekhor Mohanto
  • Cambodia – Chan Sithy Heng
  • Egypt – Abdelrahman Gabr
  • France – Samia Berbiche
  • Germany – Andreas Mikonauschke
  • India – Pradeep Kodimana Ramakrishnan
  • Indonesia – Mawaruddin Mawaruddin
  • Japan – Hajime Hirano, Winner
  • Japan – Kazutoshi Ono, 2nd Place
  • Japan -Takahiro Toh, 3rd Place
  • Republic of Korea – Gyu Seob Shim, Winner
  • Republic of Korea – Kyujin Jeong, 2nd Place
  • Republic of Korea – Lee Jongkee, 3rd Place
  • Kuwait – Adil Javed
  • Malaysia – Eng Tong Tan
  • Myanmar – Si Thu Ye Myint
  • Nepal – Rabik Upadhayay
  • Nigeria – Nukabari Opuama
  • Pakistan – Yawar Abbas
  • Philippines – Donell Gumiran
  • Poland – Mateusz Żurowski
  • Qatar – Abdulla AL-Mushaifri
  • Saudi Arabia – Mansoor Mohsen
  • Singapore – Huazheng Hong
  • South Africa – Tshabalala Bongani
  • Sri Lanka – Rajeev Abeysekara
  • Switzerland – Sandra Handschin
  • Taiwan – Leo Huang
  • Thailand – Saravut Vanset
  • Turkey – Erhan Coral
  • United Arab Emirates – Oday Shanshal
  • United States – Angela Perez
  • Vietnam – Thiện Nguyễn Ngọc


  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania & Moldova:
  • Cristina Băzăr (Romania), Winner
  • Ivana Dostálová (Czech Republic), Shortlist
  • Dávid Balogh (Hungary), Shortlist
  • Maria Guțu (Moldova), Shortlist
  • Filip Hrebenda (Slovakia), Shortlist
  • Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania:
  • Milda Vyšniauskaitė (Lithuania), Winner
  • Uku Sööt (Estonia), Shortlist
  • Niks Freimanis (Latvia), Shortlist
  • Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina:
  • Roberto Pavić (Croatia), Winner
  • Armin Durgut (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Shortlist
  • Suer Celina (Kosovo), Shortlist
  • Ivana Todorović (Montenegro), Shortlist
  • Vladimir Zivojinovic (Serbia), Shortlist
  • Andrej Tarfila (Slovenia), Shortlist
  • Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria & North Macedonia:
  • Sima Bivolarska-Stoyanova (Bulgaria), Winner
  • Elena Georgiou (Cyprus), Shortlist
  • Alexandros Othonos (Greece), Shortlist
  • Vlatko Rafeski (North Macedonia), Shortlist


  • Mexico – Pável Vélez, Winner
  • Ecuador – Kevin Moncayo, 2nd Place
  • Peru – Alejandra del Carmen Elías Zambrano, 3rd Place
  • Argentina – Solange Avena
  • Bolivia – Reynaldo San Martín
  • Chile – Oscar Seguel Mangiola
  • Colombia – Hernan Jaramillo
  • Costa Rica – Manuel Rodríguez
  • Guatemala – Andres Novales

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar. Now in its 16th year, the free-to-enter Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work. The Awards additionally recognise the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award; the renowned Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi is the 2023 recipient of this award, joining a distinguished list of iconic names including Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Candida Hofer, Nadav Kander, Gerhard Steidl, Edward Burtynsky and Graciela Iturbide. The Awards showcase the works of winning and shortlisted photographers at a prestigious annual exhibition at Somerset
House, London.

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