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Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx wins Sony World Photography Awards 2017

The Belgian, Frederik Buyckx, a freelance photographer for the newspaper The Standard, the prize for photographer of the year, won the Sony World Photography Awards 2017. He received the award for his photo series “Whiteout”.

A donkey stands on after the snow has rolled in Albania. © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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Buyckx was a winner in the category landscapes for professionals. The jury chose the photographer of the year from the winners in the ten professional categories. “I have for a series of landscapes chosen to return to the essence of the look at photography,” says juryvoorzitster Zelda Cheatle about it. “A landscape is often overlooked, but is central in our existence. I hope that this award many photographers will be inspired to take photos of our amazing environment.”

A shepherd in Montenegro with a homemade broom. © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The series is made in remote areas in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia. “The nature undergoes a remarkable transformation when the winter comes, when the snow and ice of the landscape begin to dominate and when man and animal, the extreme weather to deal with it. The series explains this struggle against disappearance under the microscope”, says Buyckx about it.

A semi-nomadic inhabitants of Kirgizie. © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

All winning and shortlisted images from the Sony World Photography Awards are from 21 april to 7 may display at London’s Somerset House. There will also be a selection of never before seen black and white photos from the beginning of the career of the British photographer Martin Parr, who is the award for “Oustanding contribution to photography”.

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer of the Year, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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