Colorado photographer wins Open Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 12, 2022
The World Photography Organization announced the winners of the Sony World Photography Awardsand photographer from Colorado Scott Wilson was honored as Open Photographer of the Year.

Wilson, a resident artist at Gallery 6, had won the coveted Natural World & Wildlife Award for his “Anger Management” photography in mid-March, putting him in the running for even more prestigious awards. The striking black-and-white photograph depicts a mustang stallion covered in dirt in Colorado’s sand wash basin, kicking up dirt after a dip in a pool of mud. It was selected as the best wildlife photography from over 170,000 submissions.

“The Open contest celebrates the power of unique images,” according to contest organizers. “Winning photographs are selected for their ability to communicate a remarkable visual narrative combined with technical excellence.”

When we spoke with Wilson after his first victory, he was both ecstatic and humbled to have come this far, having entered the prestigious competition on a whim. A landscape photographer since the mid-1990s, he moved from the UK to Colorado seven years ago, to be diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (he is now in remission). During his battle with illness, he found solace in landscape and wildlife photography, and was particularly inspired by wild horses, visiting Sand Wash Basin several times a year.

“Anger Management” is “symbolic of the challenges these horses face,” he said. Westword. “They’re under almost constant threat from the government just to somehow stay free in their own homes. I really wanted to capture that sense of the almost abstract challenge they face out of reach, if that makes sense.”

With top honors in the Open Photographer category; Wilson received $5,000.

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