The winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards have just been announced. Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang was announced as the Photographer of the Year, for her series of portraits of children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utoeya, outside Oslo. This year’s contest attracted more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries. The photographs were judged in six different competition categories, including Professional, Open, and Student Focus. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their winning images with In Focus, gathered below. See also the shortlist of winners, earlier on In Focus.
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Careful, Lightning Can Cause Tattoos - Lichtenberg Figures
The two men above were struck by lightning. The red patterns that appeared on their skin after surviving being struck are called Lichtenberg figures. Its the shape electric discharges make after passing through an object. A tattoo straight from the skies.
The figure was named after German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who discovered and studied them in the 1770s. Whether the electricity passes through a metal plate or human skin, the figure comes out the same. They are also classified, along with snowflakes, as fractals.
The first picture shows modern 3-D Lichtenberg Figures or “Electrical Treeing” in a block of clear acrylic. The fractal discharge pattern is believed to extend down to the molecular level.