World’s largest photography competition announces Firos Syed as winner of Qatar National Award

Judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards announced the photograph ‘Rounded Life’ by Firos Syed, as winner of the Qatar National Award. The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global programme open to photographers of all abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken by a local photographer in 65 countries.

An Indian national based in Doha, Syed’s winning piece ‘Rounded Life’ was under the category Culture. The photo depicts the daily life of a potter.

The runners up positions for the Qatar National Award were given to:
2nd place: Emmad Mohammed Ahmed Elhag
3rd Place: Abdulhadi Saleh Almarri

The winning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlisted images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from 21 April – 7 May and published in the annual winners’ book.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony. The Awards recognise and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competitions – Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on 20 April.

Images by all National Award and Open category winners can be viewed at