Harley Yang is Canadian winner in Sony World Photography Awards
With over 200,000 entries, the Sony World Photography Awards is one of the largest photo competitions in the world. Hosted by the World Photography Organisation, the awards are open to more than 60 countries worldwide.
For the National Awards, one photographer from each of the participating countries is honored, with his or her image selected as the best among the competitors. National Awards winners receive digital imaging equipment from Sony, and will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony and see their work exhibited at the prestigious Somerset House.
For 2017, Toronto-based photographer Harly Yang was named the Canadian winner in the global photography competition. The 53-year-old former IT professional’s photo shot on Bloor Street was a study in simplicity, featuring the sharp contrast between light and shadow.
Yang tells The Globe and Mail that he is focusing on street photography and is currently developing his portfolio.
Several other Canadian photographers were recognized for their stunning images in the other categories, which drew 227,000 entries from 183 countries.
In the open travel category, Canadian Kirsten Quist was recognized for her photo of a frozen ice formation shot in Alberta.
Meanwhile, photojournalist Amber Bracken’s image of protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline was also recognized in the contemporary issues category.
The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most influential photography competitions. Since the first edition in 2007, it has drawn more than a million images in entries. It marks its 10th anniversary in 2017.