L'Iris d'Or winner announced at Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Mitch Dobrowner, Cell Lighting

American photographer Mitch Dobrowner was last night announced as this year’s winner of the L’Iris d’Or at the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year

Dobrowner received the award at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane for his series of images, Storms.

Dobrowner said at the awards, "In landscape photography, there is one moment that will never be the same again. I want my images to do the speaking. That’s what photography is all about".

Dobrowner was chosen as the winner of the L’Iris d’Or by a panel of nine judges. In addition to a $25,000 cash prize and Sony’s latest digital imaging camera equipment, he is awarded the accolade of joining previous L’Iris d’Or winners Alejandro Chaskielberg, Tommaso Ausili, David Zimmerman and Vanessa Winship as a member of the World Photographic Academy.

WM Hunt, Chairman of the 2012 Honorary Judging Committee and MC of the 2012 Awards ceremony, said, "There is enormous pleasure in the jury's selection of Mitch Dobrowner because he is the best of what is classic and what is contemporary in photography. He brings a sense of its history and enormous skill in his craft while pushing his imagination and, even, physical strength. The work offers a visceral rush while being wonderfully well made. I think he is an exceptional choice."

Dubrowner grew up on Long Island, NY. As a teenager, he was given an old Argus rangefinder to play around with and after some research and seeing the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams, quickly became addicted to photography. Mitch enjoys creating images that help evoke how he sees the planet and says, "I feel that I owe much to the great photographers of the past, especially Ansel Adams, for their dedication to the craft and for inspiring me in my late teens. Though I have never met them, their inspiration helped me determine the course my life would take".

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