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2015 Sony World Photography Awards: Canadian Donald Weber Named Still Life Photographer of the Year

The following video presents Donald Weber’s Molotov Cocktails & Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s Protester |BagNewsSalon (excerpt):

BagNews Salon Highlights: The Visual Framing of Kiev and the Battle for Independence Square

Donald Weber and Anatasia Taylor-Lind captured the Maidan uprising through portraiture. Weber was taken by the recycled alcohol bottles employed as molotov cocktails during the clashes. Taylor-Lind’s photographs used black backgrounds to draw out the personality of the protestor. Donald Weber discusses the details in these photographs with Michael Shaw, Ekaterina Haskins and Patrick Whalen.

This is an update to the previous blog, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards: All Grand Prize Winners and Category Winners Now Announced.


Canadian Donald Weber named Still Life Photographer of the Year at 2015 Sony World Photography awards, the world’s largest photography competition

28 Apr, 2015 15:59 CET

  • L’Iris d’Or/Professional Photographer of the Year plus other Professional category winners and overall Open, Youth and Student winners also announced – see all at
  • Winning images to be shown at Somerset House, London April 24 – May 10
  • Images available at or

TORONTO, Ontario – April 24, 2015: The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Donald Weber as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Still Life Photographer of the Year.

Donald Weber, from Toronto who is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series titled “Molotov Cocktails.” The winning work details the crude hand-made weapons of the EuroMaiden protestors in Kiev, Ukraine, called Molotov cocktails. The series is a part of his book Barricade: The EuroMaidan Revolt by Schilt Publishers.

Talking about his win Weber comments: “What I like about the Sony World Photography Awards, is that the categories are not dogmatic, it’s not about so-called rules, but finding the best work, regardless of how it was shot.  The fact that my series ‘Molotov Cocktail’ won shows the diversity of image and story that are recognized.”

The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders. The winning series will be shown at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London and will be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

Now in its eighth year, the Sony World Photography Awards annually presents the world’s best contemporary photography across a range of genres and is the world’s largest photography competition.  Free to enter and open to photographers of all abilities, it is an authoritative voice in the photographic world and attracts both emerging talent and established artists.

The awards’ international judging juries are comprised of esteemed industry experts and the competition offers incredible exposure, credibility and recognition not only to its winners, but also those on its shortlist. The 2015 awards attracted record breaking entries, with 183,737 images submitted from 171 countries, confirming its position as the world’s biggest photography competition.

Winning series and photographer

Describing the work Donald Weber says: “Molotov Cocktails have been the weapon of choice for the Euromaidan protestors in Kiev. Using fire to their advantage, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines and fortify their positions. In order to set fire to tanks, armored vehicles, buses, and tires in opposition to local cops, Kiev’s protestors used thousands and thousands of Molotov Cocktails, inspiring and mobilizing people throughout the city to collect as many bottles as possible.”

Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked in the Netherlands. He is the author of four books: Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl – what is daily life actually like, in a post-atomic world?; Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia; ‘Barricade’ a collaboration about the smoking language of the Ukrainian Revolt’s siege apparatus, and War Sand.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and has been exhibited worldwide.

See a preview of Weber’s book Barricade: The Euromaidan Revolt at

Find out more about the photographer at

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About World Photography Organization (WPO)

WPO is a home where photography is celebrated and the art of the photographer is recognized.  Working with professional, enthusiast and student photographers alike, the World Photography Organization provides a global network across the photographic industry to not only to raise the level of conversation around the subject, but to increase awareness and appreciation of this artform.  WPO hosts a year-round portfolio of industry and public events including: Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition and accompanying global exhibition; the World Photography Student Focus Program, inspiring and working with the next generation of photographers, and Photo Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s premier art fair dedicated to photography.   In addition, WPO has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and addresses the industry’s latest issues in its monthly online publication, The Magazine.  For more information please visit

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