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33 Breathtaking Photos from 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony has recently announced the World Photography Awards shortlist of finalists in Professional, Open and Youth categories. The jury had a tough job, because this year’s awards have received the highest number of submissions ever, with over 122.000 entries from 170 countries. The entries in each category were also divided according to their subject matter, with topics ranging from nature’s macro photography to Obama’s election campaign.

The best photographs are going to be exhibited at Somerset House in London, from April 26 to May 12 and published in the Sony World Photography Awards book.

The Open category winner will be announced on March 19, and the professional competition winner on April 25. In the meantime, submerge yourself into all this beauty!

Here are 33 of our favorite photographs from 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

Website: worldphoto.org

Game of Colors

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Anurag Kumar

Beneath the Horizon

Open Competition Shortlist, Travel, Photo by: nathanwillsphotography

Røros

Professional Competition Shortlist, Travel, Photo by: Agurtxane Concellon

Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2012

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Justin Ng

The Godfather

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Peter Delaney

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Current Affairs, Photo by: Ilya Pitalev

Honkey Kong

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by : Christian Åslund

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by: Scout Tufankjian

Urgent Get-Away

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Frederico

Tiger and Turtle

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: Peter Mysticdidge Plorin

The Yellow River

Professional Competition Shortlist, Landscape, Photo by: ZhangKechun_MoST

Open Window

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: Max Van Son

White Handed Treefrog

Professional Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Hudson Garcia

Honkey Kong

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by: Christian Åslund

火龍盛會

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Gilbert Yu

Face to Face

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Christian Vizl

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Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Marco

 

Soul of Sir Hitchcock

Open Competition Shortlist, Split Second, Photo by: Macload

Solaris

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: nmlamk

In Between Fairytale and Reality

Open Competition Shortlist, Low Light, Photo by: Ethan L.

Wasp

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: photomatz

Agir Avci

Open Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Mehmet Karaca

Smile

Open Competition Shortlist, Smile, Photo by: hung

Night Clouds

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by : Nenad Saljic

The Walk

Professional Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Ernest Goh

Starry Tree

Open Competition Shortlist, Low Light, Photo by: Elimoe

Urban Cow

Open Competition Shortlist, Split Second, Photo by: Max Ferrero

Don’t Leave Me Alone

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: kimerajam

Butterfly Magic 2

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: sharpeye

Middlearth

Open Competition Shortlist, Panoramic, Photo by: pawello91

Divided

Open Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Roberto Bettacchi Photography

Quiver Trees by Night

Open Competition Shortlist, Panoramic, Photo by: Florian Breuer

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Contemporary Issues, Photo by: Daesung Lee

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  • Rosalie Wurm via Facebook

    wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hilltoplove Katherine Murray Williamson via Facebook

    all are amazing..I am biased ..i love HOli ..so thats my fav “Game of Color”, but “smile” is beautiful and the one by Gilbert Yu was nuts…I wanna be there!

  • Sabine Priebe via Facebook

    like them all :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marie.schoppe Marie Schoppe via Facebook

    Defiantly, The Walk!
    :)

  • Gedas Repsys via Facebook

    tha walk!!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/sbamsey Stephanie Bamsey via Facebook

    Smile!

  • Martin Graupner via Facebook

    Can’t say, which one I like more: the ladybird or the cock.

  • leslie_o/w_anonymous

    all are beautiful, “middlearth” – if I HAD to pick only one – really stands out

  • http://www.facebook.com/lwillis03 Leslie Tassey Willis via Facebook

    middlearth, with “the walk” a close second

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.stenacker Jacqueline Stenacker via Facebook

    Beautiful pictures!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathie.hoblitzell Kathie Hoblitzell via Facebook

    Havenspent way too much time exploring this site.It is great. Can not pick my favorite phot as just too many likes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bibi.vivi.77 Bibi Vivi via Facebook

    Urban Cow!

  • tanja

    speachless, wow

  • Julia Rad via Facebook

    oh they are lovely them photos :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jana.rajsiglova Yana Nekula via Facebook

    WOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jodie.stephens.98 Jodie Stephens via Facebook

    Wow! Amazing.

  • Natacha Malingre via Facebook

    Smile

  • Misho Hadzhisotirov via Facebook

    Pff.. words can’t say what most of them are showing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.langley.581 Matt Langley via Facebook

    Greg Dries….

  • http://www.facebook.com/roland.karlsson.7906 Roland Karlsson via Facebook

    1. Game of Colors, 2. 火龍盛會

  • Janet Willem via Facebook

    My favorite is a tie between the first one Game of Colors, and the old ladies smiling and smoking.

  • Lianne Cook via Facebook

    Smile and Don’t leave me alone

  • Jim Henry via Facebook

    Fantastic, thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/margarita.baskirova Margarita Baškirova

    Excellent!

  • Heidi Cothron via Facebook

    Tough on Jane … thought the stadium/obama/ smile pics were amazing. Have to see this on my laptop back home. Amazing altogether though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.thomas.75470 Suzanne Thomas via Facebook

    I like the lanterns and the smiling old ladies!

  • http://twitter.com/PlayYourDay Play Your Day

    Incredible, beautiful.. :-)

  • Val Izhakevich via Facebook

    The smiling olds are good. Also, the Divided, the Godfather and 86680-518729…

  • http://www.facebook.com/fatima.marinho.37 Fátima Marinho

    Congrats for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pennie.hughes Pennie Hughes via Facebook

    They are all works of art. Truly beautiful.

  • adi prayetno

    wow amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarmite.vasilevska Sarmite Brice

    Excellent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathrynnb Kathryn Newport Brown

    Thank you for these spectacular photos,Magnificent work!!!!!!