Sony World Photography Awards Books & Trophies, 2017 (Down right) & 2018 (upper left)
“A picture tells a thousand words, but not necessarily the whole story”, this quote give an enlightenment to me on this bright Sunday morning. I feel obligated to share my experience on one of the biggest photography events in the world, not only by pictures also this short article. This year Sony and World Photo Organisation recorded over 200,000 photo submissions from 210 countries. I was beyond grateful to be awarded for the second consecutive year after winning an award last year. In 2017 I was selected as the winner of Indonesia National Award, and in 2018 I became the winner of Motion Category in Open Competition and the winner of Indonesia National Award. This has been the peak experience of my photography journey since I clicked my first image in 2005. If you’re curious about my winning pictures, please see below:
Sony World Photography Awards 2017
The Billiard Gangster, Shortlist Portraiture category – Open Competition, and Winner Indonesia National Award
Sony World Photography Awards 2018
The Highest Platform, Winner Motion category – Open Competition, and Winner Indonesia National Award
This year also a great achievement for Indonesia and Malaysia as we represented South East Asia for the photographer of the year nomination. I, Fajar Kristianto nominated for Open Competition and Mohd. Samsul. Mohd Said nominated for Professional Competition. He won the Current Affairs and News category – Professional Competition.
Here’s a picture of us before the gala dinner:
Mohd. Samsul Mohd. Said (With Camera) & Fajar Kristianto (Without Camera)
If you want to see the complete list of the participants for this year, click this link below:
Sony World Photography Awards 2018 Winners
If you want to see the previous year, hit this one:
Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Winners
Moreover, here are the group picture of Sony South East Asia delegations for 2017 and 2018, sounds like a high level summit meeting?
The 2017 Group:
The 2017 Sony SEA group in Brighton. Taken using Playmemories Remote App
The 2018 Group:
Wait, where’s On-in?
The 2018 Group at Hook Norton Brewery
The 2018 Group at Broughton Castle
Gentlemen, raise up your trophies! Chin Boon Leng (SINGAPORE), Fajar Kristianto (INDONESIA), Min Ly (CAMBODIA), Mohd. Samsul Mohd Said (MALAYSIA), Achinta Dahanayake (SRI LANKA), Trung Pham Huy (VIETNAM), Paranyu Pithayarungsarit (THAILAND)
On this wonderful opportunity I’d would like to thank Sony South East Asia and Sony Indonesia for arranging unforgettable trips.
What could be better than winning a photography award, the prize from Sony, and a trip to UK? Yes, winning it twice. On this part I’d like to share about the trip in 2017 and 2018. On both trips I tried my best to spend my time for taking pictures and exploring the cities we went. But wait, Sony also equipped us with the newest camera and lenses in the market. We were given chances to try them out.
UK Trip (2017 and 2018)
In 2017, besides London, the South East Asia group went to Brighton, Sussex, and a winery manufacture. I was more than excited to pair my Sony A7R Mark II with Sony SEL 70-200 F/2.8 G Master and Sony SEL 24-70 F/2.8 G Master lenses. Here are some shots from the trip:
In 2018, besides London, we went to Cotswolds, Worchestershire, and Hook Norton Brewery Manufacture. During this trip I challenge myself to use one lens for covering the whole trip, though I changed on some shots. I paired my Sony A7R Mark II with Sony FE 12-24 F/4 G lens. Here are some of them:
It’s more than just a trip. Sony World Photography Awards not only has gained the exposure towards my works but also connected me with talented photographers around the world. I expanded my knowledge and networks during the trip. Between events on our itinerary we went together taking pictures and discussed about many things not limited to photography.
Here are some pictures of us:
I can’t thank enough to Sony for the accommodation during the trip. We stayed in great hotels in the central London (Seriously it’s only 15 minutes away from the Buckingham Palace), in Brighton with great sunset, and centuries preserved building and castle in Cotswolds area. Sony also hosted lunches and dinners at famous restaurants.
For photography enthusiasts and everyone who read this short blog, I encourage you to explore your visual creativity and submit your works to Sony World Photography Awards 2019. They will open for submissions in June 2018 until January 2019.