These are just a few of the fantastic photographs battling it out to be crowned the winner of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.
The first selection of images from the 10th anniversary of the world’s largest photography competition were revealed today.
This year’s entries cover subjects as varying as grand architecture, fascinating underwater scenes and cultural celebrations, as well as creative digital manipulation at its finest.
Also announced today are the juries for the 2017 awards. Esteemed experts from across the photographic industry will cast their votes on the best images shot in 2016 across the awards’ Professional, Open, Youth, National Award and Student Focus competitions.
The chosen winners will receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment as well as a $25,000 prize (£18,900) for the overall winner.
All winning and shortlisted images will also be exhibited as part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 21 – May 7, 2017.
Sebastian Wasek, UK – Nature: The lights of Madeira before sunrise, seen from Pico do Arieiro, Portugal.
Angiolo Manetti, Italy – Still Life: A chair in a room of an abandoned farmhouse seems overlooking on the landscape of the Tuscan hills, as if waiting for something or someone.Angiolo Manetti/2017 Sony World Photography Awards
The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloio City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January
© Raniel Jose Castañeda, Philippines,
Shu Tai Poon, Hong Kong – Travel: This picture was taken at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, Gansu, China. The unusual colours of the rock formation areas are the result of sandstone and other mineral deposits laid down over 20 million years.
Tin Wing Wu, Hong Kong – Wildlife: This photo was taken at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The sun shining through the glass made a rainbow effect, and the penguin swimming under the rainbow makes it feel like a bird flying in the sky.
Philip Gunkel, Germany – Nature: The beautiful Lago di Carezza in Trentino, Italy, lit by warm evening sunlight in contrast with the dark rainy clouds racked above the Latamar massif.
Jelena Jankovic, Serbia – Enhanced: Blue Mountains
Christian Spencer, Australia – Wildlife: A huge flock of yellow face parrots and blue and yellow macaws fill the sky of the Brazilian cerrado with a wash of beautiful colours.Christian Spencer/2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Kamil Nureev, Russia – Travel: Take me, Deer. Since ancient times, the Nenets have led a nomadic life, engaged in deer farming and traveling the vast tundra. Reindeer harnessed to a sled is the most reliable form of transport on the tundra. The Nenets wander in harsh weather conditions for eight months of the year. The deer give them food, clothing, housing and money.