British photographer Alys Tomlinson has won the Photographer of the Year prize in the Sony World Photography awards.

Her winning portfolio, ‘Ex-Voto’ featured formal portraiture, large-format landscape and still-lifes of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at Christian pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

© Alys Tomlinson

“Alys Tomlinson is a worthy overall winner for telling a story so beautifully, quietly, and yet with a spiritual power that spoke of her sensitive engagement with the subjects and places that help define pilgrimage,” said Mike Trow, the chair of the judges and former picture editor at British Vogue.

Alongside the prize, Tomlinson also received $25,000 and a set of Sony photography kit.

Canada’s Samuel Bolduc won the Student Photographer of the Year, while Veselin Atanasov was awarded with the Open Photographer of the Year title.

© Samuel Bolduc

Early autumn ( © Veselin Atanasov)

For the complete list and works of the winners, see the World Photography Organisation’s website.