A ceremony to unveil the winners of the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2014 took place at a gala ceremony in London this week. Amid many other winners on the night The World Photography Organisation (WPO) announced American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz as 2014's L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li was presented with Open Photographer of the Year and British photographer Scarlet Evans from Central Saint Martins College was awarded the Student Focus Award.
The overall winning entry by Lewkowicz was selected from a staggering 140,000 from 166 countries across the globe. In her series of images entitled ‘Shane and Maggie’ she depicts the story of domestic violence taking a deeper, unflinching look at domestic abuse as a process, as opposed to a single incident, examining how a pattern of abuse develops and eventually peaks, as well as its short and long-term effects on victims, their families, and their abusers.
British photographer Guy Martin was announced as the overall winner of the Current Affairs section. His series of images provide a visual record of one weekend in Istanbul following the crowds on the peripheries of a protest against the construction of a shopping mall on one of the few remaining slivers of green in an increasingly urbanised city.
The series of image entitled “Wet Dogs” by French photographer Sophie Gamand provides light relief to the exhibition and was awarded the winners title in the Portraiture section. Gamand takes a humorous look at dogs mid-bath, in that split second before the dogs shakes off the water.
Metro Imaging was delighted to be selected as this year’s official print sponsor undertaking the production of over three hundred images for the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition which runs at Somerset House, London and features all winning and shortlisted images in the Awards and is one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the UK.
Utilising our innovative, unique production skills the images were printed on Fibre
, C Type
papers, which were then mounted using a variety of materials and finally framed at our specialist finishing department
. Metro also printed the award and exhibition graphics directly onto foam board
using our state-of-the-art Direct to Media printer.
Steve Macleod, director of Metro Imaging says: "Metro Imaging is proud to be partnering with Sony and the World Photography Organisation. The awards allow us to collaborate with a breadth of established and emerging photographers, it is also an opportunity for the partnership to explore both traditional and innovative new ways of displaying and championing photography on a global platform.
The quality of the work submitted this year exceeded everyones expectations, we have worked hard to ensure that we not only provide the best of service, but that we also engage with the organisation and the award participants - ensuring that we deliver an outstanding exhibition that reflects this incredible body of work."