The international competition, open to students, attracted nearly 20 000 entries, and now the judges have picked a winner: Viktor Johansson from Sweden.
Johansson, a photojournalism student at Nordens Fotoskola Biskops-Arnö, won for his series documenting Swedish diver Christofer Eskilsson.
Judge Nigel Hurst, chief executive and director of the Saatchi Gallery, says, ‘Instead of glamorous action shots of an athlete in competition, [Johansson] has produced arresting and unexpected photographs that focus on the long, lonely hours of repetitive training and practice that it takes to excel in your field.’
His prize is a photography trip to a destination of his choice, with a professional photographer mentor.
The top 10 finalists, who include Oliver Seary from the UK, will have their work displayed in the Google Photography Prize show at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The Google Photography Prize exhibition is at the Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, London SW3 until 22 July.