Grand prize winners announced for the epic 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The World Photography Organisation has today named Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx as the Sony World Photography Awards’ 2017 Photographer of the Year. The judges were challenged to find the best photographic series and were taken by the beauty, scale and effort involved in Buyckx’s winning work titled "Whiteout".

Born in Antwerp in 1984, Buyckx is a freelance photographer for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard. His images have been published and exhibited internationally and most recently he was shortlisted for the ZEISS Photography Award.

The winning series "Whiteout" was taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. Buyckx explains: "There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance."

This year, the Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries – making it the world’s largest photography competition. An exhibition of all the winning and shortlisted work, along with rare images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, will run at Somerset House, London from today, 21 April, until 7 May 2017.