It's that time of the year again when Sony announces the shortlist of the best photos competing in the biggest photography contest in the world. As always, these include best shots not only by professionals but by amateur photographers as well.

It's the tenth Sony World Photography Awards and this year it managed to outpace the record-breaking last year's event and gathered photographers from 49 countries; with the shortlist being drawn from 227,596 images, entered from 183 countries, including – for the first time – Armenia, Cuba, Iceland, and Saudi Arabia.

The winning photographers will be announced on 20 April, with the overall Photographer of the Year scooping a $25,000 cash prize plus some goodies from Sony.

More info: Sony World Photography Awards

#1

Masayasu Sakuma, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Masayasu Sakuma, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Diamond-Dust. This picture was taken in February in Nagano-ken at an altitude of about 1,700 meters. In Japan, February is the coldest season in a year. Diamond dust can be seen only a few times during cold season. So, it took four years to make this work since I started taking diamond dust. Orange circle is diamond dust. Diamond dust usually looks white, but it turns into orange just for the morning sunrise. I expressed the diamond dust as a silent forest fairy.

Masayasu Sakuma Report

Melody Lanzatella 2 years ago

OMG! Just...OMG! I want to purchase this, frame it, and mount it on a wall in my home.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Barry Tweed-Rycroft, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

Barry Tweed-Rycroft, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

Barry Tweed-Rycroft Report

Arpan Joshi 2 years ago

Its really great

View more comments
#3

Rob Wilson, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

Rob Wilson, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

Rob Wilson Report

John L 2 years ago

A perfect moment which shows just how insignificant man is, compared to Mother Nature.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

Francesco Russo, Italy (Open Competition, Nature)

Francesco Russo, Italy (Open Competition, Nature)

Beyond dreams. The plain of Castelluccio Landscape in flowering. Sibillini Mountains National Park, Italy.

Francesco Russo Report

DisneyworldFAN 2 years ago

Woah! This picture look like one of Van Gogh's paintings!!

View more comments
#5

Andreas Hemb, Sweden (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Andreas Hemb, Sweden (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Andreas Hemb Report

Edi IP 2 years ago

stunning, like an alien..

View more comments
#6

Zhu Jianxing, China (Open Competition, Travel)

Zhu Jianxing, China (Open Competition, Travel)

Zhu Jianxing Report

John L 2 years ago

Fireflies only add to the beauty, as night closes in.

View more comments
#7

Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

Silent Kingdom. Ever since I was a kid, as far back as I can remember, I was attracted to the sea. I dreamt about what lay beneath the waves, and how would it look if suddenly all the water vanished, leaving all the animals and living creatures in stasis. In this way, I could walk within the ocean and see them all, suspended for a moment in time and space. To this day I carry within me that dream; and very gratefully realise it through my photography. Each image is a visualisation of that sublime moment whereupon the beautiful marine life around me is frozen majestically in its natural environment. My intention is to capture the essence of being immersed in the experience and presence of the animal or habitat I am photographing, and to share with others their splendour and soul. I hope the images I capture contribute to the existing corpus of underwater photography in a way that energises each of us to form our own dream of preserving and creating a better world where we value and care for all expressions of life. Ultimately our understanding and celebration of the sheer beauty and poetry of life is intrinsically linked to how we communicate and bond with the myriad configurations of life energy surrounding us. In my case, it is the ocean and its marine inhabitants which inform my observance and joy for life. I in turn communicate this through my photography of the underwater realm.

Christian Vizl Report

DancingToMyself 2 years ago

These "Will take my breath away", and those "will take my breath away", I mean if everything on BP is taking my breath away, I might be dead for some time already. Yup, fishes are great.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Meniconzi Alessandra, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Meniconzi Alessandra, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Meniconzi Alessandra Report

DisneyworldFAN 2 years ago

How beautiful nature is!

View more comments
#9

Luo Pin Xi, China (Professional, Sport)

Luo Pin Xi, China (Professional, Sport)

Shaolin Kungfu, also known as Shaolin Wushu, is one of the famous Wushu schools in China. It has a long history and profound influence, is an important part of the traditional martial arts Chinese. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kung Fu is "Zen Wu one", namely the Zen in Wuhan, practicing meditation, so there are "Zen martial arts".

Luo Pin Xi Report

Anka Przyłuska-Monica 2 years ago

Tomasz Gudzowaty few years before won National Geographic award for the best photo series - monks in Shaolin

View more comments
#10

Lars Sivars, Sweden (Open Competition, Architecture)

Lars Sivars, Sweden (Open Competition, Architecture)

NYC Light II. A Manhattan sunset. Shot from Queens across the East River. Part two in a New York Trilogy which I call "NYC Light."

Lars Sivars Report

giulia earheart 2 years ago

Mystical...

View more comments
#11

Nigel Hodson, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Nigel Hodson, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Nigel Hodson Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

Beautiful photo..Love this!!

View more comments
#12

Eugene Kitsios, Netherelands (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Eugene Kitsios, Netherelands (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Eugene Kitsios Report

Edi IP 2 years ago

Gandalf..

View more comments
#13

Dina Alfasi, Israel (Open Competition, Street Photography)

Dina Alfasi, Israel (Open Competition, Street Photography)

Dina Alfasi Report

Uni N 2 years ago

looks like he traveling in fantasy world like in Hayao Miyazaki's cartoons

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Maximilian Conrad, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Maximilian Conrad, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Green monster. May 16, 2016, a tornado warned high precipitation supercell storm is rolling over the town of Stratford, Texas. Its structures and color seem unreal and belong to the most dramatic I have ever witnessed in many years. I only had a few moments to find a decent spot to capture this amazing view. There was a bigger gap in the traffic along the highway so I had enough time to take a few photos. The image is a panorama of two images, further editing includes primarily color and local contrast enhancements, highlight recovery, foreground brightened up, and adding vignette.

Maximilian Conrad Report

Nancy Arnold 2 years ago

Stunning

View more comments
#15

Alexander Vinogradov, Russia (open Competition, Portraits)

Alexander Vinogradov, Russia (open Competition, Portraits)

Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina.

Alexander Vinogradov Report

Melody Lanzatella 2 years ago

She is an "old soul".

View more comments
#16

Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Eugene Kitsios Report

Seth Gecko 2 years ago

New dolphin drug craze, sanding.... Beautiful picture though.

View more comments
#17

Stacy Anguiano Cain, United States (Open Competition, Motion)

Stacy Anguiano Cain, United States (Open Competition, Motion)

Stacy Anguiano Cain Report

John L 2 years ago

Now that is what "eager anticipation" is all about.

View more comments
#18

Hiroshi Tanita, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Hiroshi Tanita, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Hiroshi Tanita Report

Ti Mi 2 years ago

is this frozen lake? love the peacefulness

View more comments
#19

By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)

By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)

Pandas Gone Wild. Seen by few, but beloved by billions, the giant panda is one of the most recognised animals on the planet. It’s hard to imagine, but these animals, who roamed the earth for eight million years, were only discovered in the last century. Unknown, and hidden from the western world for millions of years, even today they are seen by few but known by most everyone. So secretive and mysterious was its solitary life, lived in the thickest of bamboo, in the highest of mountains, in mist and rain, governed and guided by smell rather than sight, that the giant panda has eluded easy answers, even while making its way into everyone’s heart. Giant pandas have a secret life governed by their nose, and their daily diet and breeding behaviours have made them vulnerable in today’s world. With a diet almost entirely composed of the leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species, their reliance on bamboo left them vulnerable to any loss of habitat. Found only in central China, the entire species came dangerously close to extinction. Scientists considered the giant panda a relic species; shy, and difficult to breed in captivity. But now there is a glimmer of hope, as years of research are finally paying off. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China cracked the code and is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. The giant panda was recently taken off the endangered species list!

Ami Vitale Report

2 years ago

Kinda creepy

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Tom Jacobi, Germany (Professional, Landscape)

Tom Jacobi, Germany (Professional, Landscape)

GREY MATTER(S). God's son was wearing grey, the colour of undyed wool, worn by peasants and the poor. Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) never had the intention to paint only with grey, but he gave in: In the course of my work I have eliminated one colour after another and what has remained is grey, grey, grey! In 2014 the English newspaper The Guardian declared grey as the Colour of the Decade The world from dusk to dawn has been fascinating the human being from the very beginning. Since the figure of the biped appeared in prehistoric darkness, it was drawn to the purity and spirituality of that colourless world. Colours simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called Grey Matter. No light, no colours. By photographing our colourful world at times & places, where there is no colour, the illusion of a colourful reality is being unmasked. For two years Tom Jacobi travelled to six continents, searching for archaic landscapes - mystical places that had been shaped over thousands of years by nature, yet they seem timeless, even modern. The landscapes unfold their strength and spirituality in front of the beholder. Through the absence of the Juggler Colour the planet seems to find peace, just like it might have done long time before our existence.

Tom Jacobi Report

Kateřina Eff 2 years ago

Finally a good version of Fifty Shades of Grey

View more comments
#21

Fan Chen, China (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Fan Chen, China (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Fan Chen Report

Julemule 2 years ago

I think it's an a capella band

View more comments
#22

Sorin Rechitan, Romania (Open Competition, Nature)

Sorin Rechitan, Romania (Open Competition, Nature)

Sorin Rechitan Report

Ioana Maria 2 years ago

Simply amazing! Congrats, Sorin!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Achim Thomae, Germany (Open Competition, Travel)

Achim Thomae, Germany (Open Competition, Travel)

Achim Thomae Report

Hans 2 years ago

Fairy-tale-ish. I guess the dragonborn wanders there.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

George Mayer, Russia (Professional, Portraiture)

George Mayer, Russia (Professional, Portraiture)

Light. Shadows. Perfect Woman. Arranging the delicate balance of the correlation of the dark and the light the author discovers the obvious monumentality and duality of the images of the perfect woman. Within the space of the picture, the light becomes flat and the dark becomes deeper, highlighting all conventions and details. With this approach, the geometry of light becomes not only a sculptural language but also correlates with the meaning of the subject. The concept of “the perfect” in the photographs is contradictory in nature; on the one hand, it is monumental and complete, and on the other hand it is naked and vulnerable. These opposing concepts are at the heart of the works.

George Mayer Report

Seth Gecko 2 years ago

How i feel around people who claim they know me...

View more comments
#25

Oktay Subasi, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

Oktay Subasi, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

Oktay Subasi Report

Frances Barrett 2 years ago

Ideas of prehistoric cave paintings.

View more comments
#26

Pier Mane, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)

Pier Mane, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)

Walking on water. The Solomon Islands are special well beyond pristine reefs and world-class diving. It is one of the last frontiers where local tribes and indigenous populations are scattered throughout the archipelago, and proudly conduct a life where what is taken from Mother Nature is only that which is needed as a means of subsistence. I wanted a different shot than the usual underwater reef scene to capture the cultural essence of this incredible far-flung destination and its inhabitants. This is a place where it seems kids learn to paddle before they walk. I noticed canoes following my bubbles, a great opportunity to capture villagers, their canoe, the reef, and a stunning sunset as the backdrop.

Pier Mane Report

Vera de Veyra 2 years ago

crazy beautiful shot ❤

View more comments
#27

Johnny Krüger, Germany (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Johnny Krüger, Germany (Open Competition, Wildlife)

White breasted marten. A white breasted stone marten leaping over some roots, picture taken in Czech Republic in the beginning of 2016.

Johnny Krüger Report

Dave Elswood 2 years ago

He's got that "omg I'm late for dinner" look, so beautiful 😍

View more comments
#28

Lester Koh Meng Hua, Singapore (Open Competition, Architecture)

Lester Koh Meng Hua, Singapore (Open Competition, Architecture)

Lester Koh Meng Hua Report

Hans 2 years ago

Anyone remember Sim Tower? This must be the modern version of it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Jianguo Gong, China (Open Competition, Culture)

Jianguo Gong, China (Open Competition, Culture)

Jianguo Gong Report

Edi IP 2 years ago

stunning

View more comments
#30

Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

Shaolin Kungfu, also known as Shaolin Wushu, is one of the famous Wushu schools in China. It has a long history and profound influence, is an important part of the traditional martial arts Chinese. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kung Fu is "Zen Wu one", namely the Zen in Wuhan, practicing meditation, so there are "Zen martial arts".

Luo Pin Xi Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

The lighting in this photo is amazing and makes the images come alive..

View more comments
#31

Gül Yıldız, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

Gül Yıldız, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

Gül Yıldız Report

Asya Hameş 2 years ago

as bayrakları as

View more comments
#32

Christina Roemmelt, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Christina Roemmelt, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Christina Roemmelt Report

Zoe Krishel 2 years ago

Ice cave?

View more comments
#33

Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

Silent Kingdom. Ever since I was a kid, as far back as I can remember, I was attracted to the sea. I dreamt about what lay beneath the waves, and how would it look if suddenly all the water vanished, leaving all the animals and living creatures in stasis. In this way, I could walk within the ocean and see them all, suspended for a moment in time and space. To this day I carry within me that dream; and very gratefully realise it through my photography. Each image is a visualisation of that sublime moment whereupon the beautiful marine life around me is frozen majestically in its natural environment. My intention is to capture the essence of being immersed in the experience and presence of the animal or habitat I am photographing, and to share with others their splendour and soul. I hope the images I capture contribute to the existing corpus of underwater photography in a way that energises each of us to form our own dream of preserving and creating a better world where we value and care for all expressions of life. Ultimately our understanding and celebration of the sheer beauty and poetry of life is intrinsically linked to how we communicate and bond with the myriad configurations of life energy surrounding us. In my case, it is the ocean and its marine inhabitants which inform my observance and joy for life. I in turn communicate this through my photography of the underwater realm.

Christian Vizl Report

Lucia Lintnerová 2 years ago

this one is awesome! you can see so far in the water and the waves are hitting the rocks above ... so much is going on here ! love it

View more comments
#34

Frederik Buyckx, Belgium (Professional, Landscape)

Frederik Buyckx, Belgium (Professional, Landscape)

Whiteout. There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance. The struggle against a whiteout. These photos were made in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia; remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. A harsh existence, fighting against superhuman forces.

Frederik Buyckx Report

Kirsten Preston 2 years ago

Gets the imagination rocking!

View more comments
#35

Fanjing Lu, China (Open Competition, Travel)

Fanjing Lu, China (Open Competition, Travel)

Fanjing Lu Report

Unni Gundersen 2 years ago

Where is he going to put that last tray? I demand a continiue.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania (Open Competition, Portraits)

Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania (Open Competition, Portraits)

Tadas Kazakevicius Report

Kevin Donegan 2 years ago

It's sad to see the dog chained up.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Jan Ryser, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Jan Ryser, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Black rhinoceros at night. The waterhole at Okaukuejo in the Etosha National Park in Namibia, is visited by black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) on a regular basis. This animal stood in the water at night for quite some time before drinking. The calm water allowed for reflections. The position of the flash, some 30 meters from the camera, helped reveal the structures of the body surface. The photo was taken in April 2016.

Jan Ryser Report

Hans 2 years ago

Marvellous!

View more comments
#38

Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdm (Professional, Natural World)

Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdm (Professional, Natural World)

African Wildlife at Night. My aim was to capture never-before-seen images of African wildlife at night and to show nocturnal animals such as lions and hyenas in their true element. The techniques I employed were only made possible by the low-light ability of modern-day digital cameras and by using remote-control devices such as my "BeetleCam". BeetleCam is a remote-control buggy for my camera, which I created to take close-up ground-level photographs of African wildlife. All of these images were taken in Liuwa Plain National Park, a remote area in the West of Zambia. These images were shot over the course of two trips in 2015 and first published in print and online in 2016.

Will Burrard-Lucas Report

Tracy Moorhead 2 years ago

Striking picture!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Tavepong Pratoomwong, Thailand (Open Competition, Street Photography)

Tavepong Pratoomwong, Thailand (Open Competition, Street Photography)

Metropolis. A reflection of the tree on the woman's hair in Midtown.

Tavepong Pratoomwong Report

Inurri 2 years ago

Took me a while to understand what's going on. Nice. :)

View more comments
#40

Alessandro Piredda, Italy (Professional, Architecture)

Alessandro Piredda, Italy (Professional, Architecture)

Darkitectures. "Darkitectures is a series of images of the most significant italian architectures, from an artistic point of view, captured at night. The voluntary memory of these pictures is a reminder of the stone not in its lifeless matter, but as the continuing of the living forms’ vital momentum. The whole project is meant to be as a work in progress."

Alessandro Piredda Report

Molly Coates 2 years ago

The Duomo in Milan. Very beautiful, but heavily edited. Even if you could get special lighting for a short-exposure camera, you are missing the Arcade beside it, and the steps. Milan is also a very large city, and it never gets that dark. I think it is a shame to see the Cathedral in back and white, because when you see it in real life, the marble is multi-colored with different blues, greens and pinks.

View more comments
#41

Foley Hits, Malaysia (Open Competition, Culture)

Foley Hits, Malaysia (Open Competition, Culture)

Foley Hits Report

Lindsey Piper 2 years ago

Love the dynamism in this image

View more comments
#42

Ami Vitale, United States (Professional, Natural World)

Ami Vitale, United States (Professional, Natural World)

Pandas Gone Wild. Seen by few, but beloved by billions, the giant panda is one of the most recognised animals on the planet. It’s hard to imagine, but these animals, who roamed the earth for eight million years, were only discovered in the last century. Unknown, and hidden from the western world for millions of years, even today they are seen by few but known by most everyone. So secretive and mysterious was its solitary life, lived in the thickest of bamboo, in the highest of mountains, in mist and rain, governed and guided by smell rather than sight, that the giant panda has eluded easy answers, even while making its way into everyone’s heart. Giant pandas have a secret life governed by their nose, and their daily diet and breeding behaviours have made them vulnerable in today’s world. With a diet almost entirely composed of the leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species, their reliance on bamboo left them vulnerable to any loss of habitat. Found only in central China, the entire species came dangerously close to extinction. Scientists considered the giant panda a relic species; shy, and difficult to breed in captivity. But now there is a glimmer of hope, as years of research are finally paying off. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China cracked the code and is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. The giant panda was recently taken off the endangered species list!

Ami Vitale Report

GoodWolf 2 years ago

Aaand I get to be the first one to type: " Draw me like one of your french girls"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#43

Stéphane Couture, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

Stéphane Couture, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

Stéphane Couture Report

Claudia C. Casco 2 years ago

the hiiiiiills are alive with the sound of music...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#44

Claudio Cantonetti, Italy (Open Competition, Architecture)

Claudio Cantonetti, Italy (Open Competition, Architecture)

Claudio Cantonetti Report

Petra Steenput 2 years ago

It's the Muppet shoooooow!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#45

Sandra Hoyn, Germany (Professional, Daily Life)

Sandra Hoyn, Germany (Professional, Daily Life)

The Longings of Others. The Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail is the oldest and one of the largest in Bangladesh - it has existed for some 200 years. It was demolished in 2014 but has been re-established with the help of local NGOs. The brothel district is surrounded by a two-metre wall, and in the narrow streets within, there are food stalls, tea shops and street vendors. More than 700 sex workers live and work here with their children and their madams. Many of the women were either trafficked or born inside the brothel's walls and in this way their livelihood is secure. Their customers are policemen, politicians, farmers, fishermen, factory workers and groups of teenage boys. The brothel is a place with its own rules and power hierarchies, which are completely different from mainstream society. The most vulnerable stage is when a young sex worker enters the brothel, when she is called a bonded girl. Officially, sex workers must be 18 years old, but most are underage and bonded girls are usually 12 to 14 years old. They have no freedom or rights; they belong to a madam, have debts and are not allowed to go outside or keep their money. From the moment a woman has paid her debts, she is free to leave. Although prostitution inside registered brothels has been legal in Bangladesh since 2000, these women are socially stigmatised outside their "homes" and thus often choose to stay and continue supporting their families with their earnings.

Sandra Hoyn Report

Hans 2 years ago

This is a deeply disturbing picture. It is not captured by a glance, and at least for me it unleashes several emotions. None of them are positive.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#46

Ann Ric, Malaysia (Open Competition, Nature)

Ann Ric, Malaysia (Open Competition, Nature)

Moody. DNF, Fujisan Marathon.

Ann Ric Report

Ashley Darrington 2 years ago

Majestic

#47

Ivor Prickett, Ireland (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Ivor Prickett, Ireland (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Caught in the Crossfire. As the fight for Mosul enters its fourth month, thousands of civilians remain caught between Iraqi and coalition forces on one side, and Islamic State group fighters on the other. Over 800,000 people are still trapped in Mosul, according to estimates from the United Nations. Tens of thousands are sheltering in neighborhoods declared liberated by Iraqi forces and many more remain in parts of the city under ISIS control. Humanitarian organisations continue to fear mass displacement and civilian casualties. Many have already made the harrowing decision to flee their homes, in some cases leaving behind the bodies of loved ones who died as the fighting came to their area and had to be buried in front gardens. The majority of the more than 130,000 people who have fled are still living in temporary camps in Iraq’s Kurdish region. Some say they are waiting for the security situation to improve, others are waiting for their homes to be rebuilt. Although well organised and supported by international organisations, the camps are isolated and winter weather has made life there very difficult for people who already endured two years of harsh rule under ISIS. While other areas of the country were largely devoid of civilians when they were finally wrested from ISIS control, the battle for Mosul is different because so many people have been told to remain inside. As a result, progress has been slow and civilian casualties, although lower than expected, are still mounting.

Ivor Prickett Report

Mick Fowler 2 years ago

Thank-you George W. Bush, Dick Cheney et al.

View more comments
#48

Placido Faranda, Italy (Open Competition, Travel)

Placido Faranda, Italy (Open Competition, Travel)

Lady in Red. I shot this picture with my drone during a summer vacation. My wife and I spent several days in Montenegro on the Adriatic Coast, and this shot is from the cove Veslo, located at the eastern part of Luštica peninsula. This is a perfect spot where you get the feelings of coziness, privacy, and relaxation, and this is what I wanted to be reflected in my work. Unspoiled and rugged at the same time, but also a beautiful and authentic landscape is what I found here, and I hope this is what transcends through this image. Model: Nevena Mirković.

Placido Faranda Report

Viorica Les 2 years ago

Privacy is not there anymore because of the drone

View more comments
#49

Michał Płachta, Poland (Open Competition, Culture)

Michał Płachta, Poland (Open Competition, Culture)

Michał Płachta Report

SusanS 2 years ago

Almost looks like an old painting

View More Replies...
View more comments
#50

Alex Andriesi (Open Competition, Enhanced)

Alex Andriesi (Open Competition, Enhanced)

Alex Andriesi Report

Lea Wheeler 2 years ago

Many of them are if you look closely.

View more comments
#51

Camilo Diaz, Colombia (Open Competition, Motion)

Camilo Diaz, Colombia (Open Competition, Motion)

Camilo Diaz Report

Paul Kilmer 2 years ago

Water Polo, A.K.A. Team Competitive Drowning.

View more comments
#52

Carloman Céspedes Riojas, Peru (Open Competition, Portraits)

Carloman Céspedes Riojas, Peru (Open Competition, Portraits)

Algo casual 2. This image is a criticism of modern relationships and the distance between human beings in their daily interactions.

Carloman Céspedes Riojas Report

Hans 2 years ago

Too much art for me...the description is pretty much interpretation of what could have multiple meanings.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#53

Swapnil Deshpande, India (Open Competition, Travel)

Swapnil Deshpande, India (Open Competition, Travel)

Swapnil Deshpande Report

Martin 2 years ago

If rocks were clouds and water lightning

View more comments
#54

Josselin Cornou, France (Open Competition, Nature)

Josselin Cornou, France (Open Competition, Nature)

Josselin Cornou Report

Audrey 2 years ago

Magnifique

View more comments
#55

Sergey Dibtsev, Russia (Open Competition, Enhanced)

Sergey Dibtsev, Russia (Open Competition, Enhanced)

Sergey Dibtsev Report

Faturrahman 2 years ago

wow looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie :O

View More Replies...
View more comments
#56

Michelle Gentile, Argentina (Student Focus)

Michelle Gentile, Argentina (Student Focus)

Michelle Gentile Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

So much sorrow in her eyes....

View more comments
#57

Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

Shaolin Kungfu, also known as Shaolin Wushu, is one of the famous Wushu schools in China. It has a long history and profound influence, is an important part of the traditional martial arts Chinese. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kung Fu is "Zen Wu one", namely the Zen in Wuhan, practicing meditation, so there are "Zen martial arts".

Luo Pin Xi Report

Marcos Zamarripa 2 years ago

Great shot.

#58

Bar Kaufman, Israel (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Bar Kaufman, Israel (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Bar Kaufman Report

brandon sat 2 years ago

or a couple taking in the beauty that is nature?

View more comments
#59

By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)

By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)

Pandas Gone Wild. Seen by few, but beloved by billions, the giant panda is one of the most recognised animals on the planet. It’s hard to imagine, but these animals, who roamed the earth for eight million years, were only discovered in the last century. Unknown, and hidden from the western world for millions of years, even today they are seen by few but known by most everyone. So secretive and mysterious was its solitary life, lived in the thickest of bamboo, in the highest of mountains, in mist and rain, governed and guided by smell rather than sight, that the giant panda has eluded easy answers, even while making its way into everyone’s heart. Giant pandas have a secret life governed by their nose, and their daily diet and breeding behaviours have made them vulnerable in today’s world. With a diet almost entirely composed of the leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species, their reliance on bamboo left them vulnerable to any loss of habitat. Found only in central China, the entire species came dangerously close to extinction. Scientists considered the giant panda a relic species; shy, and difficult to breed in captivity. But now there is a glimmer of hope, as years of research are finally paying off. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China cracked the code and is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. The giant panda was recently taken off the endangered species list!

Ami Vitale Report

Maricha Knight van Heerden 2 years ago

Cooked his goose!

View more comments
#60

Katelyn Wang, United States (Youth Competition, Beauty)

Katelyn Wang, United States (Youth Competition, Beauty)

Katelyn Wang Report

Józia Ciemniak 2 years ago

raj :)

View more comments
#61

Julien Chatelin, France (Professional, Architecture)

Julien Chatelin, France (Professional, Architecture)

China West. In western China, the pace of economic development has ushered in a new and unprecedented period of transformation, one that has radically redefined the topography of the country whilst displacing significant parts of its population from rural areas to vast, newly-built mega cities. Semi-deserted landscapes carry a profound ambivalence, suggesting at the same time fecundity and sterility, a promise and nothingness. China West is a visual exploration of the impact economic development has had on western China’s landscape, focusing on the dwindling interstice left between nature and urbanisation, a space, which, perhaps more than any other, reveals the true process of change.

Julien Chatelin Report

Lauren Foster 2 years ago

This makes me sad on so many levels

View more comments
#62

Olga Sinenko, Russia (Open Competition, Motion)

Olga Sinenko, Russia (Open Competition, Motion)

Olga Sinenko Report

#63

Dino Kuznik, Slovenia (Professional, Slovenia)

Dino Kuznik, Slovenia (Professional, Slovenia)

Arizona Pastels. We - human beings have put this system in place, where stress is present everywhere in our lives. At the workplace, in our social life, ... it's basically omnipresent. Especially in a big and fast city as New York it can be very hard if you don't have a counter balance to battle it and clear your mind of the negativity and anxiety that it brings. My answer to this has always been photography. When it's just me and the wast american unknown. This gives me a meditative feeling of freedom - I like to think it somewhat unshackles me of the system we put in place. No distractions, no stress, no expectations - It is my psychiatrist. It makes me more aware of my surroundings and clears my vision - I see things that are normally overlooked or seen as mundane and I enjoy each and every moment on the road usually not really having a plan on where to go but rather stumbling upon things on the way. The photographs I produce in these circumstances are a reflection of how I feel or a reflection of my state of mind, which is calm, organized, colorful, ... This series is my love letter to that feeling and the the desolate landscape - the desert

Dino Kuznik Report

Marcos Zamarripa 2 years ago

I want that paint on my wall.

#64

Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

Tim Cornbill Report

Pamela Miller 2 years ago

Test screen pattern on a grand scale

#65

Karl Mancini, Italy (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Karl Mancini, Italy (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

NI UNA MENOS. In Argentina femicide,the killing of women,it's a new category of crime recorded in the Criminal Code in 2012 and it's punished by life imprisonment.Despite the tightening of legislation,murders of women are increasing in the country.Currently, according to statistics,a woman is killed every thirty hours.In the spring of 2015, there had been a succession of atrocious crimes: women burned alive, hacked to pieces with machetes, even a pregnant woman killed by her boyfriend and buried in the garden of grandparents.In those days it was created by the feminist collective Ni una menos,a protest movement against violence towards women. Since 2015 this collective, with unprecedented success, is mobilizing the masses against gender violence.The problem is common in all the country, more in the northern provinces that are the more traditional.Particularly serious is the in the many Villas of the cities,slums located sometimes very close to the city centers where people live in poor condition,criminality is very high and the youngster are in danger.Here gender violence is also due to the patriarchal composition of the society(the majority of people are immigrants from Paraguay,Peru, Bolivia who are very traditional).Often young girls leave the family Home in which they suffer domestic violence for a love affair with people belonging to gangs who introduce them to the world of the drug or they become victims of the human traffic,kidnapped and forced to prostitution.Only In Buenos Aires there are 1500 brothels ,40000 in the country.Frequently girls between 13 and 16 get pregnant.Often police doesn't take the reports, corruption is very common and women suffer domestic and psychological violence for years.

Karl Mancini Report

Zoe Krishel 2 years ago

These pictures are so hard to look at but so necessary to bring awareness to such horrible things.

View more comments
#66

Zsolt Hlinka, Hungary (Professional, Architecture)

Zsolt Hlinka, Hungary (Professional, Architecture)

Urban Symmetry. Urban Symmetry presents buildings on the banks of the River Danube, which are emphasized out of their surroundings and put into soundproof, homogeneous space cleaned off the whole exterior information. However, the series cannot be considered as a dry study, because it does not depict the raw reality: if you get a closer view of the photographs, you may discover that none of the pictures show the building in its full form, but only its reflected part. After all, these fictitious buildings coming into existence perfectly grab and condense their original character into themselves, as if you could see human faces and different personalities on the building portraits.

Zsolt Hlinka Report

Tracey Martens 2 years ago

Looks like The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Andersen.

View more comments
#67

Jayanta Roy, India (Professional, Landscape)

Jayanta Roy, India (Professional, Landscape)

Himalayan Odyssey. A look inside my long,ongoing and probably never ending love story with planet's largest and most diverse mountain range, The Himalayas.

Jayanta Roy Report

#68

Joe Raedle, United States (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Joe Raedle, United States (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Louisiana Flooding. A historic flood, caused by a massive rainstorm, hit parts of Louisiana and overwhelmed local communities, causing thirteen deaths and damaging thousands of homes with flood waters.

Joe Raedle Report

Laura Johnston 2 years ago

At least he has his dog.

#69

Mariusz Stanosz, Poland (Open Competition, Motion)

Mariusz Stanosz, Poland (Open Competition, Motion)

Mariusz Stanosz Report

Paulina Bednarska 2 years ago

tyle szczęścia trzeba mieć :) i cierpliwości..

#70

Mariusz Prusaczyk, Poland (Professional, Natural World)

Mariusz Prusaczyk, Poland (Professional, Natural World)

Surrealistic industrial lake in Poland. Industrial activity in Poland. View from above.

Mariusz Prusaczyk Report

Suresh Kumar 2 years ago

How Much Above ? is this taken from helicopter?

#71

Javier Arcenillas, Spain (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Javier Arcenillas, Spain (Professional, Current Affairs & News)

Latidoamerica. The war is over, but in the Central American country's murder rate keeps growing like its neighbor, Honduras. In one of the most violent places in the world, youth gangs terrorize a population that does not expect much of anything. Failed hardline strategies and political negotiation, gangs have retaken the streets and manage chaos.

Javier Arcenillas Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

Utter,utter despair and confusion...

View more comments
#72

Salvatore Mazzeo, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)

Salvatore Mazzeo, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)

Salvatore Mazzeo