The 2019 Sony World Photography Awards have been presented to three American photographers. The Open Photographer of the Year prize for best single image was awarded to Tennessee photographer Christy Lee Rogers for her image Harmony.
Christy Lee Rogers – Open Photographer of the Year
With stunning work that stood out among thousands of entries from across the world, artist Christy Lee Rogers has been awarded the title Open Photographer of the Year. She was recognized for the best single image from the past year, across 10 diverse categories. Rogers won the Motion category of the Open competition in February, then went on to beat the nine other category winners to win the overall award.
Nashville-based Christy Lee Rogers is an acclaimed visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii, whose work is exhibited globally and held in private and public collections throughout the world. As a fine artist, she experiments with water to create her distinctive and dynamic photographic works, which push the boundaries of photography. Her works use movement, color and the intermingling of bodies, which has led to comparisons with the effects created by Baroque master painters.
“The intention for all of my work starts with a desire to express a sense of wonder and tranquility beyond what we see here in reality; and to create a sanctuary for the viewer, a place separate from the chaos of the world, where it’s safe to dream. Shot underwater in Hawaii, the colors, cascading bodies and contrasts of light and darkness were utilized to create movement and purpose within each scene, and ask questions about our existence.” ~ Christy Lee Rogers
Taken from a larger body of work, her winning image, Harmony, portrays the beauty and vulnerability of being human. The photographer uses complex photographic techniques to capture the models underwater.
In winning this title, Rogers receives $5,000 (USD), Sony digital imaging equipment and flights to attend the London Awards’ ceremony. The winning image will also be featured in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book and the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, before going on a global tour.
Other Top Prizes at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
The Youth Photographer of the Year was given to 18-year-old Atlanta school student Zelle Westfall for her image Abuot. Additionally, American artist Leah Schretenthaler was awarded 2nd Place in the Professional competition’s Creative category for her series The Invasive Species of the Built Environment.
For more details about the award-winning American photographers, see https://www.worldphoto.org/galleries.