The Sony World Photography Awards bring us the most awe-inspiring photos from around the globe every year, and 2017's freshly announced winners are sure to leave you speechless.


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The competition hands awards out to 4 different categories; Professional (body of work), open (single images), youth (photographers aged 12-19), and student focus. National Awards are also presented to one photo from each participating country. Depending on the category, winners take home cash prizes, Sony digital imaging equipment, and the opportunity the have their photo featured in an exhibition. Sony's 2017 exhibition for winning photos is set to take place in London.

See if your favourites from the shortlist ended up winning below, and vote for the ones that deserved it most. You can also check out our posts about the winners from 2013, 2014, and the 2015 shortlist.

More info: Sony World Photography Awards 2017

#1 Khalid Alsabat, Saudi Arabia National Award

Khalid Alsabat, Saudi Arabia National Award

Alsabat captured this image of an elderly fisherman casting his net in Yangzhou, China.

Khalid Alsabat Report

John L 5 months ago

And even your companion is cheering you onward. Priceless.

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#2 Homare Hamada, Japan National Award

Homare Hamada, Japan National Award

Hamada captured the full trajectory launch of the Stork rocket by using long exposure.

Homare Hamada Report

Daria B 5 months ago

Looks perfect for a film company's logo... O_o (And, of course, it's beautiful. Felt the need to point that out because my reaction could be taken either the positive and negative way ♥ )

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#3 Camilo Diaz, Colombia National Award

Camilo Diaz, Colombia National Award

Submerged field. Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior Championship, as a guest team. Ana Maria and her team are constantly fighting, pushing their lungs to the limit and transforming their everyday lack of resources to an idea of opportunity. The... Read More

Submerged field. Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior Championship, as a guest team. Ana Maria and her team are constantly fighting, pushing their lungs to the limit and transforming their everyday lack of resources to an idea of opportunity. The volume of water suggests a calm while the surface gives constant chaos. It is in this scenario that the South American team is named youth world champion winners in Norway.

Camilo Diaz Report

Hans 5 months ago

I think I would panic...

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#4 Peter Svoboda, Slovakia National Award

Peter Svoboda, Slovakia National Award

Light from above. The picture "Light from above" was taken in September 2016 in Santa Maddalena, Dolomiten, Italy. Beautiful light and humidity stood behind the nice play of light and shadows that morning. I was waiting as the small church was illuminated by the very first rays of Sun.

Peter Svoboda Report

boredhuman 5 months ago

Wow so calm and peaceful. Breathtaking.

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#5 Andreas Hemb, Sweden National Award

Andreas Hemb, Sweden National Award

A herd of cape Buffaloes drink at a watering hole at Zimanga Private Games Reserve, South Africa. Taken on tripod with first exposure lit for buffaloes and without changing camera position second exposure without light and focused on the stars instead of the buffaloes.

Andreas Hemb Report

John L 5 months ago

Always on the lookout for hidden crocs.

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#7 Jelena Jankovic, Serbia National Award

Jelena Jankovic, Serbia National Award

EXIST. The year 2016. reminds me the time in which selfie culture determines our existence if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia.

Jelena Jankovic Report

John L 5 months ago

No matter how large the crowd, it is companionship that lights the way.

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#8 Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

This image titled Swirl was shot at the beginning of 2016. at local pond near Palovec. It shows the moment a small bird kingfisher flies out of water with a little fish in his beak.

Petar Sabol Report

John L 5 months ago

The kingfisher is my favorite bird. It is always willing to enter another world in order to fulfill its goals.

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#9 Luis Godinho, Portugal National Award

Luis Godinho, Portugal National Award

Luis Godinho Report

Ged Maybury 5 months ago

OMG that is so intense. These people are desperate! Where? Who? When? Why? My mind wants answers, but also doesn't want to hear them. Strong evocative photography. My up-vote for sure!

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#10 Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one.

Jonatan Banista Report

Alusair Alustriel 5 months ago

Marvellous colours.

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