Canada’s best single photograph revealed by the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

• World’s largest photography competition announces Harley Yang as winner of Canada National Award
• Full list of National Award and Open competition category winners announced today
• Images available for publication at

TORONTO – March 28, 2017 – The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today announce the photograph “W for Walk” by Harley Yang, as the winner of the Canada National Award.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global program open to photographers of all abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken by a local photographer in 66 countries.

Yang's winning image “W for Walk” is a fascinating Street Photography image taken in downtown Toronto near a high-end shopping area in the middle of summer 2016.

Harley Yang is a 53-year old photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His passion for photography started at a young age, using his father’s Minolta camera, but it was not until 2014 he decided to leave his IT job to pursue a professional career in photography.

Commenting about his success, Yang says: “It is an honour but definitely a surprise to win. At the same time it is very mentally rewarding and highly motivational to be recognized at such a renowned competition. The win confirms and reaffirms my further dedication to the photographic craft which can be at times a lonely pursuit.”

The runner-up positions for Canada National Award were given to:
• 2nd place: Elzbieta Kurowska, for the image “Segamenis”
• 3rd Place: Roel Olay, for the image “Crossing the street”

Winners and runners-ups across all 66 National Awards were announced today, and can be viewed here.

Yang's winning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlisted images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7 and published in the annual winners’ book.

Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony. The Awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competitions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on April 20.

Images by all National Award and Open category winners are available for publication at 

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Sony of Canada Ltd. 

Lina Samoili, Press Department
World Photography Organisation
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227,596 images were entered into the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards across all competitions
• Professional competition: 110,270 entries
• Open competition: 105,692 entries
• Youth: 11,634 entries

About World Photography Organisation
The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives.  Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers and our industry-leading partners around the world.  We host a year-round portfolio of events including: the Sony World Photography Awards (the world's largest photography competition, marking its 10th anniversary in 2017), various local meetups/talks throughout the year, and PHOTOFAIRS, International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography, with destinations in Shanghai and San Francisco.

About Sony of Canada Ltd.
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