Edgar Martins has been named the Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards 2023
Acclaimed photographer, Edgar Martins of Portugal, has been named the Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards 2023, the sixteenth edition of the massive competition.
Martins earned the top honor for his photo series Our War, which pays homage to Martins’ friend and photojournalist, the late Anton Hammerl, who was tragically killed during the Libyan Civil War in 2011 by government militia.
Frustrated by an inability to determine the remains of his deceased friend, Martins traveled to Libya. He covertly entered the country with the assistance of a smuggler. Once there, Martins realized that it would be impossible to carry out a thorough investigation of what happened to his friend, so he instead reflected on the question, “How does one tell a story when there is no witness, no testimony, no evidence, no subject?”