Federico Borella is named Photographer of the Year for his series on climate alternate in India

Italian artist Federico Borella has been named Photographer of the Year within the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards for his collection Five Degrees which specializes in male suicide inside the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, an area going through its worst drought in 140 years.
Announced ultimate night at a ceremony in London, Borella’s paintings turned into praised via the jury for its sensitivity, technical excellence, and artistry in bringing to light a worldwide problem.
Based on a Berkeley University examine, which observed a correlation between climate change and multiplied suicide charges amongst Indian farmers, Borella explored the impact of weather exchange on this agricultural vicinity and its community via poignant and effective combination of photographs depicting the farming landscape, mementoes of the deceased farmers, and pictures of those left at the back of.

Other winners introduced encompass Open Photographer of the Year – Christy Lee Roger for Harmony, a photograph from the artist’s Muses series that was inspired by means of the splendor and vulnerability of humankind. In this shot, Rogers has used the contrasts of mild, dark, shade, movement and cascading underwater bodies to create an ethereal scene harking back to Baroque painting.
Atlanta-primarily based American pupil Zelle Westfall was offered Youth Photographer of the Year for her photo About – a placing photo in response to the theme range. “About is my buddy from college and he or she is one of the funniest people I understand,” explains Westfall. “In latest society, with skin bleaching merchandise and colorism flooding the media, it’s vital to focus on the splendor of darkish-skinned women who’re regularly told that they’re ‘too dark.'”

Valencian student Sergi Villanueva, the Student Photographer of the Year, changed into selected via the judges from submissions worldwide for his photographic series La Terreta, an evocative portrayal of his native land via the nearby orange farming and harvesting technique.
Outstanding Contribution to Photography went to Nadav Kander, one of the world’s essential present-day photographers, seemed as among the maximum success of his technology. His works cowl a huge style of genres, from atmospheric landscapes to movie star portraiture and the Awards realize Kander for his versatile, powerful and considerate contribution to the medium.

Elsewhere, 3 British photographers ruled the Professional Landscape category – Yan Wang Preston gained ordinary, followed through Marco Kesseler in 2nd Place and Kieran Dodds in 0.33. Additionally, Edward Thompson turned into awarded 0.33 region within the Professional Brief category.
All prevailing, shortlisted and counseled images can be seen on the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from today till 6 May 2019 earlier than happening a worldwide excursion.

Paulette Hamilton

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