The winners of the world’s largest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, have been announced at an awards ceremony in London. The winning photographers were named in 17 categories, including Open, Youth, Student, and Professional.
The ninth edition of the awards saw 230,103 submissions, the most photo submissions entered to date. Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh won the most coveted prize, the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year, and was presented with prize money of $25,000. Khamseh's portrait series "Fire of Hatred" gave victims of acid attacks a platform on which to speak out.
L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year – "Fire of Hatred", by Asghar Khamseh, from Iran
Asghar Khamseh also won first place in the Professional Category of Contemporary Issues.