The Sony World Photography Awards, the biggest international photography contest in the world, announced this year’s national award winners on Tuesday last week, and the first place in the Taiwan National Award category went to Wang Tai-ran, an amateur photographer from New Taipei City. Not only will Wang receive a Sony A7RII digital camera, worth almost NT$100,000, he will also get to go to London to accept the award in person. On top of that, his work will be put on display in London’s Somerset House beginning from April 22.
Wang, currently an Internet visual designer, says that he used to study visual communication and when he was a sophomore he would practice photography on outdoor excursions. He is particularly adept at capturing subjects reflected in water, and is especially interested in nature photography. This award-winning photo was taken when he visited Taipei Zoo to take pictures of the animals.
Because photography equipment is too costly, Wang, who does not come from a wealthy family, followed his teachers’ advice and borrowed photography equipment from the school to take most of his pictures. This award-winning picture was shot with a Canon 60D, which Wang borrowed from his schoolmate.
Photo courtesy of Wang Tai-ran
Wang says that when he was taking pictures of the flamingo there was too much foliage around the bird, which made it difficult to get a good composition. After discovering that there was a pool, he took in the reflections of the foliage in the water to create a symmetrical picture, giving the impression that the flamingo was standing on a cloud.
Wang attributes his success to Shih Ying-ting, who taught him about photography skills and know-how. Wang says he will continue to improve this hobby, which is a good complement to his designing job.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
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