The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr Exhibition brings together a spectacular array of photographic masterpieces from rarely seen African wildlife, to areas of untouched natural beauty to poignant political scenes, and infinitely more.
This annual exhibition, now in it’s tenth year, has come to be a regular must see in any keen photographer or enthusiast’s exhibition calendar.
The 2017 show opened its doors to the public on Friday 28 April 2017 and has proven to be among the best exhibitions yet, with a huge variety of works contributed by individuals from across the globe. This year, as attested on the official World Photographic Organisation (WPO) website, categories included “a variety of genres from Architecture, Daily life, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife and many more …” With such an array, there really is something to catch the eye of every viewer.
It was Belgian freelance photographer, Frederick Buyckx, who was crowned winner of the competition, reports the British Journal of Photography (BJP). His emblematic and haunting collection of images of wintery settings, often deeply clad in snow, was selected by a panel of preeminent judges from a pool of over “227,00 entries by photographers from 183 countries”.
Buyckx takes as his subject very secluded landscapes, mostly untouched by human activity. According to the BJP, the “remote areas of the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature” make up the core focus of Buyckx’s winning wintery series, entitled ‘Whiteout’. There is something remarkably haunting about these works and for any lover of landscape photography, they are a real must see.
In their article on the competition and its various awards, finalists and photographs, the BJP highlight the pertinence of this year’s exhibition and how, after 10 years, it continues to be an important landmark for the medium.
Part of this is the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, a huge honour for any practitioner. This year it awarded to British photographer Martin Parr. Parr, the BJP confirms “was recognised for his unique visual language and for pushing the boundaries of the medium”. In accepting the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, the BJP confirm, Parr “joins a roster of previous winners that includes Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud, William Klein, and Elliott Erwitt.”
On Parr’s professional website are a list of the numerous important accolades which he has received throughout his long career. Included is the recent 2016 Royal Academy Award, which he received on account of his prolific and vital “Contribution to the Arts”. Parr received the award following a nomination by prominent contemporary British artist, Grayson Perry, his website indicates.
The exhibition is staged at London’s Somerset House and closed on 7th May 2017.