Clearly I should already have known who Vanessa Winship is. I mean, she won the first World Press Photo award ever given in the arts category; she’s exhibited at Visa pour l’Image, Les Recontres d’Arles, and the Leica Gallery; oh, and did I mention…she makes beautiful, beautiful images.
But I didn’t know about her until I was sent the press release about the first annual Sony World Photography Awards, the ceremony for which was held in Cannes recently, and by which Winship has been named Photographer of the Year (and awarded a $25,000 cash prize).
There are lots of other winners in both professional and amateur categories up at the awards’ site, but I’m satisfied just that this main prize has done what all these new prizes popping up every year should: It publicizes someone too few people know about, and it gives them a bunch of money to keep making excellent art.
Definitely check out Winship’s website…I promise you’ll be blown away.