The shortlist photos for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards have finally been unveiled. This year, the award competition received a record-breaking amount of submissions – 139,544 images from 166 countries. The submissions were split into three large groups – Professional, Open and Youth – each of which were split into a wide range of sub-categories. The Professional and Open groups had the most diverse set of sub-categories, ranging from architectural and conceptual photography to nature and wildlife photography. [Read more...]

We’ve made our own selection of images, but we definitely suggest checking out the World Photography Organisation’s website and browsing the images for yourselves. Because it’s just the shortlist, there’s still a huge collection of images that we can browse through. The pictures, and the photographers who took them, are as diverse as our world is – people, animals, and the world in all of its natural (and urban) glory.

This is the second such comprehensive look at the year’s best photography that we’ve seen for 2013. We also wrote about the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest, which featured its own selection of incredible photographs.

Source: worldphoto.org

The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. © Nicolas Reusens, Sweden – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Open Competition, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.

A muddy face from the mud bath, going into the lake. © Alpay Erdem, Turkey – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Smile subcategory.

A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng, Singapore – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Nature subcategory.

Group cow race, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, which has 400 years of history. © YongSheng Zheng, China – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Sport subcategory.

Aerial image of river delta in Iceland. © Emmanuel Coupe, Greece – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Landscape subcategory.

An overhead view, from the skies above Poland. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Landscape Subcategory.

Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Contemporary Issues subcategory.

A polar bear at Svalbard, Norway. © Wilfred Berthelsen, Norway – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Travel subcategory.

Destiny Pierman, 13 collects belongings from the damaged bedroom of her home after tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. © Melissa Golden, USA – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Current Affairs subcategory.

Big Cat, Little Cat – is an advertising campaign for Whiskas cat food. © George Logan, UK – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Campaign Subcategory.

Homebound. Homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh. © Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Split Second Subcategory.

Pilgrims and devotees cross pontoon bridges at the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years in India. © Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany –  2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Travel Subcategory.

That’s dance. © Hasan Baglar, Cyprus – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Cyprus , Open Category, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.

 

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