A Birmingham photographer has won the international Sony World Photography Awards.
Tim Cornbill, a part time photographer, took his stunning shot in Berlin, capturing three pedestrians crossing a huge, eye-catching monochromatic structure near the River Spree. The photo, named Oculus, won in the open architecture category and also won the UK national winner category.
The Sony World Photography Awards is an international programme that selects the best single photographs from 65 countries, awarding a national winner to each as well as having ten different ‘open’ categories. Cornbill, whose main profession is architecture, was selected from over 105,000 entries.
The chairman of the open architecture category, Damien Demolder, said of Oculus: “[It] is a stunning piece of graphic architecture and Tim has done brilliantly to show it off to full effect.
“I love the monochromatic colouration that emphasises the architect’s careful mix of shapes and lines, and the scale we get to understand immediately through Tim’s inclusion of the human figures at the bottom of the frame. It all works really very well.”
I love the monochromatic colouration that emphasises the architect’s careful mix of shapes and lines, and the scale we get to understand immediately through Tim’s inclusion of the human figures
On winning, brummy Cornbill said: “”I was astonished when I received the news that I had won the open architecture category and the UK national award.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this accolade. I never thought one of my photographs could make such an impact but it seems this one has. As an architect, I’m passionate about capturing buildings and I’m always on the lookout for photogenic designs.
“I was really struck by the sheer scale of this façade and the visual impact of the circle which I hope I’ve been able to convey in this everyday street scene. I am truly thrilled to have been recognised in the world’s largest photography competition.
“Being shortlisted alone would have been incredible but to win the category that means so much to me personally has to be the pinnacle of my photographic achievements to date.”