The amazing winners of the inaugural New York Photography Awards, from a lightning bolt striking One World Trade Center to a spectacular view from a Boeing 747 cockpit
They are all winning and runner-up photographs from the inaugural New York Photography Awards which, despite the name, is actually open to any photographer over 18 ‘out to define themselves through their eye-catching photos… who have a story to tell’. There is, of course, a ‘New York Photography’ category, but entrants could also submit photographs to categories that included ‘Architecture’, ‘Black & White’, ‘Commercial’, ‘Nature’ and ‘People’.
The judges chose from over 3,000 photographs submitted from more than 50 countries, selecting winners based on ‘the creative messages and nuances behind each photograph’.
A shot of a thunderous New Zealand waterfall and a picture of a castle emerging from the fog in Tuscany impressed the judges and in the ‘New York’ category a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Manhattan and a mesmerising shot of a lightning bolt hitting One World Trade snared runner-up gongs. The shots of New York’s architectural landmarks by Italian photographer Raffaele Canepa lso struck a chord with the judges, so much so that they bestowed upon him the title of Professional Photographer of Year.
Kenjo Ong, CEO of the International Awards Associate (IAA), which runs the contest, said: ‘We’re truly astonished by the fact that many amazing photographers worldwide submitted their one-of-a-kind photographs in the awards. We were able to honour the efforts and time that was put into capturing these images, as well as bestow upon them the accolades they truly deserve.’
Below, you’ll find MailOnline Travel’s pick of the winners and runners-up. Scroll down to the very bottom to find a shot from Canepa’s winning portfolio.