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Winners of Sony World Photography Awards announced

Over 122,000 images were entered into the Sony World Photography Awards, with an Australian photographer taking home top prize in the Sports category.

Over 122,000 images were entered into the Sony World Photography Awards, with an Australian photographer taking home top prize in the Sports category.

The winner for the Campaign category pays tribute to 2D platform games. (Project Honkey Kong image © Christian Aslund, Sweden, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)

There are four main categories: professional, open photographer, student focus and youth. The full list of winners in the professional category are:

  • Architecture — Fabrice Fouillet, France

  • Arts and Culture — Myriam Meloni, Italy

  • Campaign — Christian Åslund, Sweden

  • Conceptual — Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine

  • Contemporary Issues — Valerio Bispuri, Italy

  • Current Affairs — Ilya Pitalev, Russia

  • Fashion — Klaus Thymann, Denmark

  • Landscape — Nenad Saljic, Croatia

  • Lifestyle — Alice Caputo, Italy

  • Nature & Wildlife — Satoru Kondo, Japan

  • People — Andrea Gjestvang, Norway

  • Portraiture — Jens Juul, Denmark

  • Sport — Adam Pretty, Australia

  • Still Life — Vanessa Colareta, Peru

  • Travel — Gali Tibbon, Israel

The coveted L'Iris d'Or/Photographer of the Year trophy was awarded to Andrea Gjestvang with her portraits of the survivors of the Norway massacre in 2011. William Eggleston was given an Outstanding Contribution to Photography award for his influence on the field of colour photography.

An image from Gjestvang's "One Day In History" series. Iselin Rose Borch, 15, from Grong, Norway was hiding behind a rock by the pump house on the island. She was rescued by tourists in a boat. (Survivors image © Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards/Moment Agency)

Six Australians made it through to the shortlist across a range of categories, with Adam Pretty and Ryan Pierse becoming finalists in February. Adam Pretty's images of the Olympic Journey in 2012 won him the Sports category, with Pretty taking home a Sony A99 camera.

"It was a real surprise to pick up a prize in the Sony World Photography Awards this year, and just a huge honour to be recognised for some Olympic imagery," Pretty said in a statement. "Being a sports photographer, the Olympics is maybe the best event you can photograph (or cover), but also one of the hardest. To actually have the privilege to work at an event like the Olympics is amazing enough, and winning an award for the same work is icing on the cake!"

To see the other Australian photographers who made it to the shortlist stage, click through for our gallery. All of the winning images from the competition can be seen at the World Photography Awards website.