Canadian photographer triumphs at Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Donald Weber wins Current Affairs category
©Donald Weber (VII Photo), Canada, Professional Category Winner, Current Affairs, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
- American photographer Mitch Dobrowner wins the prestigious L’Iris d’Or Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2012
- Tobias Bräuning from Germany announced as overall Open winner
- William Klein receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award
- Asef Ali Mohammad from Middlesex University, UK, wins Student Focus Award
Canadian photographer Donald Weber, has tonight, Thursday 26 April, been announced as a winner at the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards. Weber was crowned as the Sony World Photography Awards Current Affairs Photographer of the Year for his series Life in the Exclusion Zone.
Donald Weber’s series was taken in Odaka, which lies on the northeastern coast of Japan. It was once home to 13,000 people, but today it is almost a ghost town. When the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 triggered blasts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a 20 km radius exclusion zone was imposed by the Japanese government. Within this zone, radiation emissions have been registered at four times the level considered safe for humans. Odaka is only 15 km north of the plant. A few days after the Exclusion Zone was created, Donald was one of the first photographers to document life inside the zone.
Continue Reading »