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Taiwanese wins Sony World Photography Award

LONDON -- Amateur Taiwanese photographer Lin Chun-chung received a Sony World Photography Award in London yesterday for a shot taken of an annual bull-run event in western Indonesia.

Lin won first prize in the National Award category, designed for photographers in participating countries.

The winning photo was taken last November on a hot sunny day in a village in Batusangkar, West Sumatra. It depicts a bull runner who is trying to rein in two animals that are running in differing directions, and he appears to be in a tug-of-war with them.

Although the bull-run event lasted only three minutes, Lin said, he spent two days traveling to and from the Indonesian town.

He described the experience as highly challenging, saying he not only had to take as many shots as possible during the limited period of time but also had to be careful of the wild-running animals and the splashing mud.

Lin said he plans to travel to India, Bhutan, Nepal and the rural regions of China to take more meaningful photos.

This year, the Sony World Photography Awards drew more than 120,000 entries from 170 countries. It was divided into professional, open, student focus, youth award, 3D, and national award categories.

In the professional category, Satoru Kondo, a Japanese national who lives in Taiwan with his Taiwanese wife, won an award in the Nature and Wildlife division for his "Moment" series of photos of various flowers.

He has become the first professional Japanese photographer to win a Sony World Photography Award since the competition was launched in 2008.

All the winning photos will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from April 26 to May 12.

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