Twelve year old Indonesian photographer Michael Theodric has been announced as the winner of the Youth Environment category of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions. The Youth competition is open to photographers from across the world under the age of 20.
Selected from nearly 5,000 entries from across the world, Theodric’s achievement is extraordinary - both in terms of the number of photographs the winning image was chosen from, and also that the Theodric himself is not a professional, but an individual who is simply passionate about photography.
Theodric, who lives in Tangerang in the Banten Province of Indonesia, won the Youth Environment category with an image titled “Side of Sunda Kelapa”. The photo was taken by the Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta.
Talking about his success Theodric comments: “All photographers dream of winning an award like this, and for me the dream came true!”.
For his award Theodric receives a Sony a5000. In addition his winning image will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May and be published in the 2014 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
Theodric’s photograph will now compete against the winners of the two other Youth categories for the overall Youth Photographer of the Year title. This overall winner will be announced on 30 April and flown to the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London to collect his/her award.
The World Photography Organisation has also announced the winners of the ten Open categories of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, for photography enthusiasts of all levels and judged on a single image. The winners of the Open and Youth categories can all be viewed at www.worldphoto.org