Sony World Photography Awards The Beauty of the Best

The inaugural Sony World Photography Awards will be held in Cannes, France, between April 21 and 25. Top amateur honors have gone to Arup Ghosh of India. Professional shutterbugs nominated in 11 categories will find out in Cannes who has been named Photographer of the Year.

To many, shaving is nothing but a monotonous daily duty. To photographer Arup Ghosh, it's a work of art.

His image of an Indian barber shaving a customer has won him top honors as Amateur Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards, which will be officially distributed later this month in Cannes, France.

The new international competition includes prizes for both amateur and professional photographers and awards in 11 categories including architecture, portrait and sport.

Ghosh, whose picture also won in the amateur portraiture category, said that he happened across the barber shop with his daughter and was impressed by the deep concentration with which the barber pursued his work. He wanted to capture the intensity of this seemingly dull task.

Ghosh studied medicine near his home north of Calcutta, and has been an avid amateur photographer since 2002.

As the top amateur winner, Ghosh will receive $5,000 (€3,185) in prize money and a trip to the award exhibition in Cannes, which will run from April 21 to 25.

Winners in the professional categories will be named at a black-tie event in Cannes on April 24. The top professional award includes a $25,000 prize and the title Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year.

The inaugural festival received a huge volume of entries: almost 26,000 amateur submissions, and more than 45,000 images from professional photographers.

The festival was conceived by a group of heavy hitters from the international art and photography scene, and is governed by a board that includes Tom Stoddart, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt and Susan Meiselas. Each year members of a new World Photography Academy will serve on the jury.

Winners in all individual categories automatically gain membership to the Academy.

The gala award ceremony on April 24 will be held in the Palais des Festivals, where the Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, will be given out at the Cannes International Film Festival one month later.

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