One man’s monotony is another’s honour

This photograph by Arup Ghosh, of a barber shaving a customer, has won the first prize in the amateur category at the inaugural Sony World Photography Awards, which will be held in Cannes from April 21 to 25.

Ghosh, who studied medicine, has been an amateur photographer since 2002. He was walking across the barber shop with his daughter and was impressed by the deep concentration with which the barber pursued his work. He wanted to capture the intensity of this seemingly dull task.

As the top amateur winner, Ghosh will receive $5,000 (Rs 200,000) in prize money and a trip to the award exhibition in Cannes. The inaugural festival received almost 26,000 amateur submissions, and more than 45,000 images from professional photographers.

Photograph: courtesy Arup Ghosh/ Sony World Photography Awards via Der Spiegel

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