Israeli photographer wins prestigious Sony award

Israeli photographer wins prestigious Sony award

An Israeli photographer has been named Landscape Photographer of the Year at a prestigious international awards ceremony in London.

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Ein Zeitim (Israeli landscape) 2013

Roei Greenberg won the 2014 Sony World Photography Award after beating competition from 166 countries, with his shots among the best of the staggering 140,000 images sent it – the highest number of entries in the awards’ history.

“I’m thrilled!” said Greenberg at the gala ceremony. “It’s an honour to have my work recognised by such a leader in the industry. I hope this will lead to exciting opportunities in my career as an artist.”

Greenberg’s images depict the Israeli landscape, examining the relationship between the natural and man-made world, in a land that has changed dramatically over time.

“The landscape needs to be treated carefully and with respect,” says the 29-year old, who grew up in a small Kibbutz in northern Israel.

“It is filled and shaped by ideology. I seek to capture photographs that have double meanings where objects are symbols and places always have a history that charge them with more than the eye can see.”

Greenberg’s winning series, together with work by the other professional winners and shortlisted photographers of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, will be on display at Somerset House in London until 18 May.

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