Copyright: © Zelle Westfall, United States of America, Youth Photographer of the Year, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards


Zelle Westfall

Sony Youth Photographer of the Year 2019 – Zelle Westfall, USA. Best single image taken by any photographer aged 12-19.


“I had this image in my mind before I took it. This was the very first shot, just to test the lighting.  Right away, I knew this was exactly what I was going for. The rest of the shoot was spent collaborating with Jordan. Abuot is my friend from school and she is one of the funniest people I know. In today’s society, with skin bleaching products and colorism flooding the media, it’s important to highlight the beauty of dark-skinned women who are often told that they are “too dark.”

Judged by international photography experts from across the media, museums, publishing and academia, the Professional competition awards outstanding series of five to ten images that demonstrate artistic prowess, across ten diverse categories. These prestigious Awards give audiences insight into the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year and offer artists working across the medium of photography unparalleled exposure and opportunity.

All the Awards’ winning and shortlisted work, including the British winners announced today, will go on show at 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London until May 6, before going on a global tour.


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