Taiwanese diver wins Sony photo award for salmon picture

LONDON (CNA) – A photo capturing two Pacific salmon swimming under a violent current earned underwater photographer Wu Yung-sen (吳永森) the top prize for Taiwan at the 2019 Sony World Photographer Awards on yesterday.

Wu, a keen diver, said he felt proud to win first place in the National Award category for Taiwan and was grateful for the recognition.

He will be invited to attend the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, to be held from April 18-May 6 in Somerset House, London.

Wu’s photo was also one of 14 entries that made the shortlist for the awards’ Open Competition prize in the natural world and wildlife category, but it did not win.

One of the world’s most prestigious photography contests, the Sony World Photography Awards are handed out in four competitions: Professional, Open, Student and Youth.

The Open Competition singles out the world’s best images each year, and recognizes and rewards the three best local photographic talents in each region and nation around the world through the National Awards program.

The second- and third-prize winners for Taiwan were Li Po-yi (李柏毅) with an image of a coastal amusement park on Batam, Indonesia, and Kuo Zei-yang (郭子揚), for a photo showing the breathtaking landscape of the Gorner Glacier in Zermatt, Switzerland.

More than 327,000 images entered the four competitions of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, known as one of the world’s most celebrated and diverse photography competitions.

Now in its 12th year, the awards’ goal is to showcase the best contemporary photography worldwide, according to its host, the World Photography Organization.

By Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu