Alejandro Chaskielberg

Picture: Alejandro Chaskielberg, courtesy Sony World Photography Awards 2011

Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg has won the Sony World Photography Awards 2011.


Alejandro, 34, fought off more than 100,000 entries to scoop the $25,000 cash prize and the coveted L?Iris D-Or.

His winning photos depict the lives of a community of islanders who live on the Panama River Delta.

?These carefully directed pictures tell solid truths- about toil and communality and marginal economic survival ? in a splendidly allusive way,? said Francis Hodgson, chair of the judging panel.

Alejandro, who spent two years living with the islanders for his ?High Tide? project, said: ?Using photography I have been able to present another version of the Panama River Delta and its community that has been photographically ignored throughout the years.?

The Buenos Aires-born photographer began his career as a photographer on a local newspaper aged 18.

Meanwhile, amateur photographer Chan Kwok Hung from Hong Kong triumphed in the Open category.

The 37-year-old jewellery maker landed a $5,000 cash prize along with a Sony DSLR for a dramatic image called ?Buffalo Race?, captured on a trip to Indonesia.

Renowned US photographer Bruce Davidson, 77, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award in a ceremony held at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London.

Louis Boulet from France won the Student Focus award.

Chan Kwok Hung, courtesy Sony World Photography Awards 2011

Picture: Chan Kwok Hung, courtesy Sony World Photography Awards 2011