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Sony World Photography Awards 2016: The best pictures from 60 countries

Nature and Wildlife winner: Bathing Polar Bear by Michaela Šmídová, Czech Republic. 'When I saw this polar bear swimming in the water, my goal was to capture the joy and also the energy. The image was photographed in February 2015, during one of my trips to Prague

Professional and amateur photographers can compete in a range of categories for cash prizes and Sony digital imaging equipment. Last year’s contest attracted 173,444 entries from 171 countries. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 21 April. All winning and finalist photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House in London from 22 April to 8 May and published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book, giving them global exposure.

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, has revealed the winners of its National Awards programme, designed to uncover the best single shot taken by a local photographer across 60 countries. Since launching in 2012, the National Awards programme has grown from eight participating countries to 60.

 

Nature and Wildlife winner: Bathing Polar Bear  ‘When I saw this polar bear swimming in the water, my goal was to capture the joy and also the energy.

A polar bear enjoying his bath.

Michaela Šmídová/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Fighting. “I captured this photo of a crocodile and lizard battling. The crocodile was sunbathing when the lizard suddenly attacked.”

Hendy Lie/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Hendy Lie/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Winter Dream

Stefan Thaler/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Stefan Thaler/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Kingfisher in Action

Petar Sabol/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Petar Sabol/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Radiance

Martin Rak/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Martin Rak/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Dancing With Stars

Imre Potyû/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Imre Potyû/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Morning Ritual in Beautiful Country

Kyaw Bo Bo Han/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Kyaw Bo Bo Han/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Fighting Topis

Arnfinn Johansen/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Arnfinn Johansen/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Garden of Eden

Adriano Neves/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Adriano Neves/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Water Baby

Andrey Narchuk/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Andrey Narchuk/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Church on the Fields of Soröko Polje

Andrej Tarfila/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Andrej Tarfila/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Fly into the Sunset

Eric Madeja/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Eric Madeja/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Splashing Birds

Chaiyot Chanyam/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Chaiyot Chanyam/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

The Stairway to Hell

Tino Solomon/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Tino Solomon/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

 

Lighting a Wish

Minh Thanh Ngu/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

Minh Thanh Ngu/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

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