1st Place in Sony World Photography Award

We will never forget 2015. Why? Because it's now official: Andrew's "Orangutan in The Rain" photo wins 1st Place in the Sony World Photography Award in the Indonesia National Award category!

The scale of this award is immense. It's the largest photography competition on the planet, jointly held by Sony and World Photography Organization. And no, this is not "Sony Only" competition. Photographers can submit photos taken by any camera brand and participate. Maybe this is one of the reasons why it's the largest photo competition in the world. Andrew shot his photo using a Nikon camera. So yeah, thanks Nikon and Sony!

Here's the link to the official announcement.

That's all great. But you might be wondering...

What's the Prize for Winning in The World's Largest Photo Competition?

Well, they don't give Andrew only one prize. They gave him three prizes! Here's the first one.

1. Exclusive 5 Nights Trip to London, UK

The award ceremony will be held in London, UK. FYI, he's never been to London or UK before. To visit London for the first time and receive an award from the world's largest photography competition will make this trip unforgettable for him!

But the award ceremony will only be one night. What is he going to do for the rest of the day? Photo tours! Sony is kind enough to lend him some photography equipments that they haven't released and let him play with them. Here's a sneak peek of his itinerary.

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The Photo Tour will happen before the Exhibition and Award Ceremony. After the tour, the winning photographs will be displayed for public viewing at the Somerset House from 24 April to 10 May. Here, people all over the world can see the winning photographs. You can buy a ticket from the Somerset House's website. Let us know if you plan on going there!

The award ceremony will be in the form of exclusive Gala Dinner. Photographers, publishers and media will all be there during the awarding ceremony. Since this is a formal event, the winners must wear proper Tuxedo for the awarding ceremony. We're starting to think this is like a Grammy or Oscar award for photographers!

The next prize is something that you should be expecting.

2. Sony a7s Mirrorless Camera and Carl Zeiss 24-70mm Lens

It would be awkward for Sony if they do not give any camera and lenses to the winning photographers. We all love camera gears, and we wouldn't mind getting some expensive ones to play around with! Here are some pictures of our 2 new toys, brand new, still in the box.  

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What's so special about the camera and lens? First, the Sony a7s is currently Sony's top of the line model. It's the most expensive camera that they sell out there. It's also amazing for night photography because of its high ISO capability. Heck, some people even say that this would be the camera that even Batman will use!

The lens is a good match for the camera as well. Carl Zeiss is highly regarded as a top-notch lens manufacturer from Germany. The one that rivals the mighty and expensive Leica. We're super excited to try what this combination can do, and Andrew will be taking this camera to London for sure!

As a final note, everyone here is thrilled and excited about this award! Words can’t explain how happy we are at this moment.

Thank you to all our family and friends who have supported us on Andrew's photography journey. 

A huge thank you to Sony and World Photography Organization for giving us this prestigious award. Selecting the winner out of hundreds and thousands of entries is no easy feat, and Andrew feels very honored to receive this award.

We hope this award will inspire other photographers and motivate us to pursue our photography passion further!

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