Sumo wrestlers and city surfers: 2022 National Awards


From sumo wrestlers to city surfers, the winning images in the 2022 National & Regional Awards are a wonderful example of photography's diversity. We all see the world differently and the photographers celebrated this year take centre stage for embracing their own unique perspective. Set up 10 years ago, the programme has given worldwide exposure and opportunities to more than 550 photographers.

Focused on championing local talent to a regional and global stage, all winners are given Sony digital imaging equipment, are included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book, and promoted to the World Photography Organisation's international community. Congratulations to all successful photographers.

Here we take a closer look at a few of our favourites and hear what the photographers have to say about their stunning images. 

Amal Prasad, Qatar, Winner 


The life of a village fisherman is not an easy one – it's a struggle for survival.

Edina Csoboth, Hungary, Winner


A classic portrait of Rea.

Raido Nurk, Estonia, Winner


The waves were the biggest I’ve ever seen in the evening when I took this photo in The Hague, Netherlands. The waves and the pouring rain created quite a unique atmosphere.

Vladimir Zivojinovic, Serbia, Winner 


This project is an unbiased look at Russia, and particularly at the Leningrad region, presented by the young generation of Eurasia in a modern multimedia forma, which will allow audiences around the world to learn about the distinctive character of the country. During the project the photographer got to know the ‘Russian soul’ from different angles: tranquil old villages, historical monuments and museums, cultural education, sports training and much more.


Yasuhiro Takachi, Japan, 2nd Place


A scene in front of Tokyo Station during the declaration of a state of emergency related to Covid-19.


Foteini Zaglara, Greece, Winner


This is a self-portrait.


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