In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards 2013

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image captionThirty-two year-old Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang has been named the L’Iris d’Or 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year.
image captionThe judges voted unanimously for Gjestvang’s series of portraits of children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utoya, outside Oslo, entitled One Day in History.
image captionThe Open Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Hoang Hiep Nguyen, a 21-year-old amateur photographer from Hanoi, Vietnam for his picture of a girl standing in a storm.
image captionUsain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of the field to win the men’s Olympic 100m final. This is one of the images from Adam Pretty’s winning series of sports imagery from Olympic qualifying events and Olympic sports competition during the London 2012 Games.
image captionAlice Caputo won the Lifestyle category for her series entitled Summer Family. The images show the photographer’s family on a seaside holiday in Liguria in Italy during the summer of 2012.
image captionChristian Aslund’s imaginative advertising campaign for the sneaker brand Jim Rickey was shot on location in Hong Kong. The images were taken from skyscrapers looking down towards the ground using a telephoto lens with the intention of making the image as flat as possible, to make it look like a platform computer game.
image captionFabrice Fouillet’s series highlights the architectural aesthetic of new places of worship. “They reveal a new conception of the sacred, a representation of the divine imbued with modernity, a hymn to minimalism,” says the photographer.
image captionThe travel award went to Gali Tibbon for a series documenting Christian orthodox worshippers’ pilgrimage to Lalibela, a small town in the Ethiopian highlands.
image captionThis photo of the contrasting apparel of North Korean Army soldiers and civilians in the stands of the Kim Il Sung Stadium was one from Ilya Pitalev’s Current Affairs winning series, Personality and Society - Reality vs illusions.
image captionSix degrees of Copenhagen, winner in the Portraiture section, depicts human connections through Denmark’s capital city. “I portray random people that I engage with in the streets, and these chance meetings end up with me taking highly personal photos of these people, who then each send me on to another person in their network,” says photographer Jens Juul.
image captionThe Limousine by Myriam Meloni, shows twins Laura and Bela on the day of their 15th birthday celebration. In Latin America, the celebration of the 15th birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity.
image captionFirst prize in the Fashion and Beauty section went to Klaus Thymann from Denmark. The story was photographed in the remote east coast of Iceland, on and around the glacier lake of Vatnajokull named Jokulsarlon.
image captionA Portrait of the Matterhorn was the winner in the Landscape category and was taken by Nenad Saljic from Croatia.
image captionThe pictures and pages from the magazine Soviet Photo and Roman Pyatkovka’s works of the Soviet period were used in the series awarded first place in the Conceptual category.
image captionJapanese photographer Satoru Kondo was the winner of the Nature and Wildlife category with a series of delicate images of flowers.
image captionValerio Bispuri spent 10 years travelling to various prisons and jails across Latin America. “I saw, during the time, how the convicts try to find a space similar to the one they had outside jail. Jails are a reflection of society, a mirror of a country’s small problems and for the big economic and social crisis.”
image captionMigrant by Vanessa Colareta is a photographic reinterpretation of Spanish Still Life of the XVII to XIX centuries. An exhibition showcasing the best photos from more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries is at Somerset House in London until 20 May 2013.