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2019 Sony World Photography Awards celebrates NZ talent

2019 Sony World Photography Awards celebrates New Zealand photographic talent

Photographer Todd Henry revealed as winner of New Zealand National Award

All winners of Awards’ Open competition and National Awards announced today

New Zealand National Award winning photo taken by Todd Henry

AUCKLAND, 26 February 2019: Supporting the local photographic communities in 62 countries across the globe, the World Photography Organisation and Sony today announce the winners of the 2019 National Awards. Included in the list is Todd Henry as recipient of the 2019 New Zealand National Award.

Part of the prestigious and internationally renowned Sony World Photography Awards, the National Awards program demonstrates Sony’s commitment to supporting local photographic talent by recognising the work of local photographers and promoting it on a global scale.

Todd Henry’s image Amish Woman and Baby was selected as the single best image taken by any photographer of New Zealand nationality and living in New Zealand, entered to the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Henry, a photographer based in Auckland, took this striking black and white image of an Amish woman covering her child from the rain in Central Pennsylvania, USA. Henry’s work is heavily influenced by his interest in travel alongside an academic background in anthropology. Speaking of this passion, Henry states “As I travel more often as a photographer I realise that a camera is often a ticket into places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Photography has allowed me to experience cultures in places that I never imagined I would venture to”.

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Winning this prestigious Award, Henry explains the impact it has had on him: “This represents a major turning point in my journey as a photographer and I am honoured to have been recognised by the World Photography Organisation and the Sony World Photography Awards”.

As National Award winner, Henry receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The winning work will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 18 – May 6 and published in the 2019 Awards’ book.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are one of the most important fixtures on the global photographic calendar. The Awards are now in their 12th year of partnership with headline sponsor Sony and consist of four competitions in total: Professional (for a body of works), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year olds).

The success is announced today alongside the winners all 62 National Awards, and the 10 categories of the Awards’ Open competition. The shortlist for the Awards’ Professional and Student competitions will be revealed March 26. The overall and Professional category winners of the Awards will be announced April 17. For more details visit

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