Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Congratulations Mitch Dobrowner: 2012 Sony World Photographer Award Winner


We are very pleased to announce John Cleary Gallery photographer, Mitch Dobrowner, has been awarded the 2012 Sony World Photographer award for his Storm series.

Mitch Dobrowner_Jupiter

Jupiter, Mobridge, South Dakota, 2011


In a selection process that began with over 100,000 applicants from 171 different countries from across the globe, Mitch's stunning images blew away the competition to nab the $25,000 price along with Sony's most recent digital imaging equipment.

Mitch Dobrowner_Mammatus

Mammatus, Texline, Texas, 2011


W.M. Hunt, chairman of the judging committee, had these kind words to say of Mitch and his work:

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.


Mesocyclone, Valentine, Nebraska, 2011


Born and raised on Log Island, New York, Mitch began his photography career the moment his father gave him an old Argus rangefinder.  At the age of twenty one he quit his job and toured the American Southwest, finding inspiration in the limitlessness of the natural landscapes and the photography of artists like Ansel Adams and Minor White.  It is no wonder then that Mitch's work exudes a reverenced solemnity for the American vistas in his landscape portraits and the tumultuous elegance of the elements in his Storm series.

For the full announcement, please click here.

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