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This year's Sony World Photography Awards has a truly international feel

Staff reporter

The winners in the world’s largest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards 2018, were recently announced. The photographers and their works are truly international, with images from Indonesia, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Greece, Bulagria, the US and the UK.
These were the 10 winners in the open category. The overall winners are scheduled to be announced on April 19. All captions below come from the photographers.
IMAGE ONEName: The highest platform
Photographer Name: Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia
Award: Open Motion and Winner, Indonesia National Award
Image Description: “The new aquatic stadium for the 18th Asian Games just has opened in Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, Jakarta. It will be held in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang.”
 
IMAGE TWOName: Every breath you take
Photographer Name: Klaus Lenzen, Germany
Award: Open, Enhanced Competition
Image Description: “The picture was taken in summer 2017 from 35 individual images of swimmers at the triathlon in the Duesseldorf Media Harbour. I was able to take a picture of them from above, while the athletes crossed a pedestrian bridge, capturing their very individual ‘breathing techniques’. I was inspired by the work of Andreas Gursky; therefore I took the individual images with the highest possible sharpness. That enables me to display or print the overall picture in large format.”
IMAGE THREEImage Name: Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska's BBQ; Columbus, Texas 2017
Photographer Name: Richard Frishman, United States
Award: Open Still Life and Winner, United States National Award
Image Description: “Documenting our American culture through our roadside landscape, I found this curious juxtaposition while looking for lunch in rural Texas, the heart of hunting country. Mikeska's Bar-B-Q is famous for its Sunday BBQ buffet and its taxidermy. Authentic to the scene depicted, this highly detailed image is constructed of over 100 individual photographs meticulously stitched together.”
IMAGE FOURImage Name: Emile
Photographer Name: Nick Dolding, United Kingdom
Award: Open Portraiture and Winner, United Kingdom National Award
Image Description: “The stylish Emile shot for PayPal looking suitably aloof and hoity ... with just a little nod towards Wes Anderson.”
IMAGE FIVEImage Name: Old friends
Photographer Name: Manuel Armenis, Germany
Award: Open Street Photography and Winner, Germany National Award
Image Description: “Hamburg, Germany. Spring of 2017. The most graceful lady of her neighborhood, despite the burden of old age. Always stylish, colourful, in good spirits, smiling, never complaining, even though the everyday is a struggle and a challenge for her. And never to be seen without her best friend – her little dog.”
IMAGE SIXImage Name: Shapes of Lofoten
Photographer Name: Mikkel Beiter, Denmark
Award: Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award
Image Description: “This composition is quite popular among photographers at the moment and it's easy to understand why! The beautiful Mount Olstinden has almost the same shape as the roof of this cute yellow cabin and the yellow colour creates some amazing contrast to the snow-covered mountain. This place can be found in the Lofoten Archipelago at the small island named Sakrisøy. I've removed a small cabin in the left side during post process. Beside that, colour correction, contrast and sharpness have been done in Lightroom and Photoshop.”
IMAGE SEVENImage Name: the man and the mysterious tower
Photographer Name: Andreas Pohl, Germany
Award: Winner Open, Architecture Open
Image Description: “Vertical wind tunnel built in the years 1934 to 1936 for aeronautical studies in Berlin-Adlershof. Photo was taken on January 9 2017 at 4:26pm when the dusk already set in. I took the photo because I had it in mind for more than two years without a chance ... cause there is not much snow in Berlin.”
IMAGE EIGHTImage Name: An unexpected meeting
Photographer Name: Justyna Zduńczyk, Poland
Award: Open Wildlife and Winner, Poland National Award
Image Description: “I was about to leave the Sequoia National Park when from the corner of my eye I saw a beautiful clearing bathed in a fog. Without thinking too much, I ran with the camera to take some pictures. When I reached the clearing, I heard the crack of broken twigs and I can't say that I was not afraid since Sequoia National Park is a home for black bears and people are warned about it at every step. When I turned around, fortunately there was not any bear. Instead I saw a curious mule deer walking towards me who cheerfully chewed his supper. Soon after other deer joined him and we just stood there together for a while and watched each other. It was one of the most beautiful moments during my trip through California this autumn.”
IMAGE NINEImage Name: Young Minotaur
Photographer Name: Panos Skordas, Greece
Year: 2018
Award: Open Culture, and Winner, Greece National Award
Image Description: “Picture taken in the actual palace of king Minos, on the island of Crete. Costume and mask made by me, model with lots of patience ... my son.”
IMAGE 10Image Name: Early autumn
Photographer Name: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria
Award: Open Landscape & Nature and Winner, Bulgaria National Award
Image Description: “The autumn has begun to decorate with its colours the woods of the Balkans. National Park – Central Balkan, Bulgaria.”
Images courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards

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