The Sony World Photography Awards on Tuesday announced Nicu Spînu as the winner of the 2018 Romania National Award. Spînu, a dedicated photographer from Bucovina who is based in Iași, won for a photograph titled The boot. The work was selected by an expert panel of judges as the best single image taken by an Romanian photographer submitted to the 2018 Awards. Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year. As National Award winner, Nicu Spînu receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. The winning work will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6 and published in the 2018 Awards’ book. Describing the winning work, says: “It is a legendary custom in Romania that in the eve of Saint Nicholas people need to get their shoes cleaned up and polished, hoping that Saint Nicholas himself, during the night, will come and put presents into their boots. Inspired by the incoming holiday, I raised my drone and captured the scene.” The photographer continues: “This is probably the biggest surprise of the year for me. I can’t yet get used to the fact that my photography will be listed among top photographers from around the world. I always dreamed of promoting beautiful places and traditions on an international level, but I guess I never believed hard enough.”
Spînu is particularly fond of his upbringing in Bucovina and he loves to capture its places and traditions in his photography. His winning image was entered 2018 Awards’ Open Landscape & Nature category.