After announcing the winners of its National Awards and Open Competition, Sony World Photography Awards has turned its attention towards professionals around the world. This year's competition saw a record-breaking 320,000 submissions from photographers based in over 200 countries and territories compete in ten different categories including Architecture, Portraiture, Contemporary Issues and Nature.
The grand prize was awarded to Photographer of the Year Alys Tomlinson for an image from her Ex-Voto series. Featuring still life, portraits and landscapes, the personal series focuses on religious offerings taken at three different pilgrimage sites. As she explains on her site:
"Using anthropological experience gained during my MA, I became interested in the markers left behind at pilgrimage sites. Placed anonymously and often hidden from view, ‘Ex-Votos’ are offerings left by pilgrims as signs of gratitude and devotion, creating a tangible narrative between faith, person and the landscape.
Taken at the pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland), the project encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-lifes of the objects and markers left behind."
Teaming skill and poetic narration, the winning image was selected for "its beautiful production, technical excellence and sensitive illustration of pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice to a greater power."
All the runners up will be hosted at Somerset House, London, as part of a 600-image exhibition. Check out a preview just below.