Tamary Kudita Wins Top Prize in Creative Category of 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Tamary Kudita Wins Top Prize in Sony Photography Awards-Omenka

The World Photography Organisation has announced its category winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021, which seeks to recognise the best single images from 2020.

Over 100 photographers were shortlisted in the competition along with ten category winners. Each winner is set to receive what is described as “the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony” and will go on to compete for the overall open winner that will be announced on 15 April. The winner will be presented with the Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000 award.

Scooping the top prize in the creative category is a photograph taken by Zimbabwean photographer Tamary Kudita titled African Victorian. The portrait depicts a young black woman dressed in a Victorian dress and holding traditional Shona cooking utensils. “The image probes at stereotypical contextualizing of the black female body and offers an alternative visual language through which a multifaceted African identity is presented.”

A product of dual heritage, Kudita was born in Zimbabwe whilst her ancestry can be traced back to Orange Free State, a historical Boer state in Southern Africa. She chose to study fine art at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 2017 with a bachelor of fine arts. Her investigation into the legacy of colonialism on the family structure has resulted in exhibitions on the history of the post-colonial identity. She maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited in Zimbabwe and outside the country. She is also the first-ever winner of the VAW’S Cover Art Award. She has also been featured in Photo District News magazine and the British Journal of Photography.

Winners in the other categories are F. Dilek Uyar, Turkey, street photography; Klaus Lenzen, Germany, architecture; Mariano Belmar Torrecilla, Spain, lifestyle; Marijo Maduna, Croatia, motion; Cristo Pihlamäe, Estonia, natural world and wildlife; Juan López Ruiz, Spain, landscape; Kata Zih, Hungary, object; Lyudmila Sabanina, Russian Federation, portraiture; and Khanh Phan, Vietnam, travel.


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