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.

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 1 year 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 1 year 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 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Always on the lookout for hidden crocs.

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#6 Shashanka Chitrakar, Nepal National Award

Shashanka Chitrakar, Nepal National Award

Shashanka Chitrakar Report

Mell 1 year ago

Like a ballerina

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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Marvellous colours.

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#11 Jim Chen, Taiwan National Award

Jim Chen, Taiwan National Award

Jim Chen Report

Soco Cybelle 1 year ago

Looks like Ursula

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#12 Katerina Annenkova, Latvia National Award

Katerina Annenkova, Latvia National Award

Katerina Annenkova Report

Daisy Brisco 1 year ago

I'd like to hear the story behind this photo...

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#13 Simona Nalepkova, Czech Republic National Award

Simona Nalepkova, Czech Republic National Award

Simona Nalepkova Report

Susanne Maenen 1 year ago

Mesmerising like a fairytale!

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#14 Shabir Mian, Pakistan National Award

Shabir Mian, Pakistan National Award

Shabir Mian Report

Patricia Marie 1 year ago

Innocence

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#15 Deveni Nishantha Manjula, Sri Lanka National Award

Deveni Nishantha Manjula, Sri Lanka National Award

Sleeping beauty. During a game drive in Lake Nakuru national park in September 2016 we noticed this lioness on a tree. With the reputation of tree climbing lions in Lake Nakuru we were not surprised to see this lioness on the tree. With the light levels depleting quickly due to adverse weather conditions I made this picture to show the environment of the subject.

Deveni Nishantha Manjula Report

Roo Bookaroo 1 year ago

The very best of the lot. Unique

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#16 Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzeland National Award

Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzeland National Award

Meniconzi captured this image of a flock of flamingos in the shallow waters of Walvis Bay, on the Namibian coast in Summer 2016.

Alessandra Meniconzi Report

dunbar dunelm 1 year ago

I wish it were closer...

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#17 Jianguo Gong, China National Award

Jianguo Gong, China National Award

Tai Chi. December 10, 2016. Wuhan city in Hubei Province, the Yangtze River, more than 1 thousand and 300 people practicing taijiquan.

Jianguo Gong Report

Kishore Roy 1 year ago

There is one empty spot !!

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#18 Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award

This image was taken at Sadan Cave, Pahan township, Karin State in Myanmar.

Kyaw Win Hlaing Report

Jack Candy 1 year ago

looks like an animated movie from Disney or Pixar.

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#19 Ewa Cwikla, Netherlands National Award

Ewa Cwikla, Netherlands National Award

Ewa Cwikla Report

Starry C. 1 year ago

She's really pretty. I'd like to meet her. I bet she'd tell the best stories...

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#20 Ales Komovec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Komovec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Komovec Report

Inurri 1 year ago

Omg the background :o

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#21 Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez, Ecuador National Award

Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez, Ecuador National Award

Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez Report

Pat 1 year ago

WOW

#22 Ivan Miladinov, Bulgaria National Award

Ivan Miladinov, Bulgaria National Award

Ivan Miladinov Report

Daria B 1 year ago

Ha! Found the portal where the evil king from another dimension is summoning his minions from to rule our world! We will not let them succeed! Transformation! *whooshing sounds and sparkling lights* Hiyaaaaa!!!

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#23 Josselin Cornou, France National Award

Josselin Cornou, France National Award

Tabular iceberg. In March 2016, I headed to the Antarctic Peninsula, as part of an expedition with explorer Robert Swan. On our way to the 66th parallel south, our boat was navigating in silence through 30 meter (100 feet) high tabular icebergs that were once part of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Those mesmerizing structures were displaying subzero icy corridors, forming a highly photogenic gargantuan maze. The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary. I took my camera, I had to show the world the impact that global warming has had. Equipped with a 70-200mm, I started to play with the magnificent landscape around me, trying to display the geometric magnificence of those structures. After envisioning the shot, I had to wait the right moment, and had only a few seconds to get it right.

Josselin Cornou Report

The Cappy 1 year ago

How to take a great photo, Rule #1: go someplace amazing.

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#24 Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation

Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation

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

Alexander Vinogradov Report

dunbar dunelm 1 year ago

The Best. I FEEL as if I am THERE <3

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#25 Constantinos Sofikitis, Greece National Award

Constantinos Sofikitis, Greece National Award

Halloween Protagonists. Halloween in NYC, one of the world's most unique parades and the spookiest holiday in the fall.

Constantinos Sofikitis Report

John L 1 year ago

There's always a joker in every crowd..........

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#26 Firos Syed, Qatar National Award

Firos Syed, Qatar National Award

Firos Syed Report

Jim 1 year ago

Link would so trash this place, and for what, two rupees and a heart.

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#27 Lester Koh, Singapore National Award

Lester Koh, Singapore National Award

Lester has captured this image of one of Singapore's Oldest Public housing buildings. He shot the picture at dawn on Singapore's 51st National Day in August 2016.

Lester Koh Report

Kann 1 year ago

My first thought was: What? This is not even a photo in the first place!

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#28 Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania National Award

Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania National Award

Tadas Kazakevicius Report

Joe Sauer 1 year ago

If it wasn't for the crocs, you'd think this was an old photo. Like one of those that someone has colorized from black and white. Beautiful picture!

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#29 Mustafa Jindi, Uae National Award

Mustafa Jindi, Uae National Award

Transportation. I took this photo in Abu Dhabi, at one of past September morning days, a painting on the wall grabbed my attention, due to it represents UAE past culture. It made me bring my son, dress him with the Local traditional outfit that he loves the most, and made him play around with his tiny car under; the paint, which reflects the great progress and innovation, that UAE witnessed in saving its own precious culture background.

Mustafa Jindi Report

Emily Softley 1 year ago

Wow..... The photograph is beautiful, but that artwork is truly magnificent.

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#30 Annela Samuel, Estonia National Award

Annela Samuel, Estonia National Award

Annela Samuel Report

sky blue 1 year ago

Beautiful photo, but that gold fish has a shitty life

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#31 Polpich Komson, Thailand National Award

Polpich Komson, Thailand National Award

Polpich Komson Report

Songtham Phuengpho 1 year ago

Mist!? Or cloud ☁

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#32 Chun Kin Tong, China National Award

Chun Kin Tong, China National Award

Chun Kin Tong Report

Daria B 1 year ago

Oh, this one is interesting.

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#33 Mark Vicente, Philippines National Award

Mark Vicente, Philippines National Award

Mark Vicente Report

Daria B 1 year ago

This one is surely sad and shocking, but it certainly doesn't deserve a downvote, for it's showing the rough and cruel side of reality. It's informative and inviting you to think.

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#34 Mohammad Amir Hamja, Bangladesh National Award

Mohammad Amir Hamja, Bangladesh National Award

Mohammad Amir Hamja Report

Wayne Beesley 1 year ago

I expect people to keep their environment clean of litter ....

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#35 Antti Hallakorpi, Finland National Award

Antti Hallakorpi, Finland National Award

Antti Hallakorpi Report

Daria B 1 year ago

When life gives you lemons... It's awesome! ♥

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#36 Mohamed Roushdy El Dor, Egypt National Award

Mohamed Roushdy El Dor, Egypt National Award

Mohamed Roushdy El dor Report

amir zahran 1 year ago

Once i saw him I knew he is Egyptian 😳

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#37 Francisco Ubilla, Chile National Award

Francisco Ubilla, Chile National Award

Shot from above Ubilla captured this woman at the central post offices of Chile.

Francisco Ubilla Report

#38 Zani Arkadina, Ukraine National Award

Zani Arkadina, Ukraine National Award

Zani Arkadina Report

Mary Flynn 1 year ago

once this might have been done in thread

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#39 Tim Cornbill, Uk National Award

Tim Cornbill, Uk National Award

Concrete Circle. Having just arrived in Berlin on a bright summer's day, my wife and I decided to take a morning walk along the River Spree. We soon came across a large concrete building, and I was immediately struck by its geometry and scale. Across the river, I positioned myself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. I waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.

Tim Cornbill Report

Daria B 1 year ago

That's one gigantic sub-woofer!

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#40 Alex Andriesi, Romania National Award

Alex Andriesi, Romania National Award

Alex Andriesi Report

Shoeb Ahmad 1 year ago

Photoshop pictures do not deserve such awards.

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#41 Santos Moreno Villar, Spain National Award

Santos Moreno Villar, Spain National Award

Santos Moreno Villar Report

Inurri 1 year ago

Weeping Angel? ;)

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#42 Nikunj Rathod, India National Award

Nikunj Rathod, India National Award

Nikunj Rathod Report

AMAN DEEP 1 year ago

i was about to give an entry with this one 3398771485...900019.jpg 33987714855_cb8e2fac27_o-595e285900019.jpg

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#43 Edina Csoboth, Hungary National Award

Edina Csoboth, Hungary National Award

Edina Csoboth Report

Omar Buenaventura 1 year ago

Is it a Picasso

#44 Ngoc Mai Nguyen, Vietnam National Award

Ngoc Mai Nguyen, Vietnam National Award

Ngoc Mai Nguyen Report

Steven Reimer 1 year ago

Interesting

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#45 Miriam Strong, New Zealand National Award

Miriam Strong, New Zealand National Award

Miriam Strong Report

#46 Ralph Graf, Germany National Award

Ralph Graf, Germany National Award

Gassing Up At Roy's. Roy's Cafe, gas station and motel in Amboy, California. Part of my series "Roadside America". This photo was taken at the Historic Route 66.

Ralph Graf Report

Sharla Cheney 1 year ago

Notice the gas prices. Must have been during that Summer when people in the U.S. had to stop driving cars.

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#47 Arek Rataj, Poland National Award

Arek Rataj, Poland National Award

Arek Rataj Report

#48 Ly Min, Cambodia National Award

Ly Min, Cambodia National Award

Ly Min Report

Coline Petit 1 year ago

Very film-like photo. No bright colors of Cambodia. Reminds me of the documentary film Les Pépites. It is about how children working on a garbage dump of Phnom-Penh were helped by a man and his wife who created a school for them.

#49 Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas, Peru National Award

Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas, Peru National Award

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

Carloman Macidiano Cespedes Riojas Report

#50 Jose Maria Perez Nunez, Argentina National Award

Jose Maria Perez Nunez, Argentina National Award

Jose Maria Perez Nunez Report

#51 Henning S. Pettersen, Norway National Award

Henning S. Pettersen, Norway National Award

Henning S. Pettersen Report

#52 Emrah Karakos, Turkey National Award

Emrah Karakos, Turkey National Award

Emrah Karakoc Report

Sue Marcon 1 year ago

I have questions.

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#53 Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation National Award

Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation National Award

Alexander Vinogradov Report

Macidiano Cespedes 1 year ago

ERROR: This picture is amazing but the photographer is Salvatore Mazzeo, ITALIA

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#54 Austin Odunga, Kenya National Award

Austin Odunga, Kenya National Award

Austin Odunga Report

Cat-lover 1 year ago

He's gorgeous!

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#55 Julian Walkner, Austria National Award

Julian Walkner, Austria National Award

Julian Walkner Report

Edmon lagahit 1 year ago

at the peek

#56 Tania Franco Klein, Mexico National Award

Tania Franco Klein, Mexico National Award

Tania Franco Klein Report

Davorka Banović 1 year ago

haunting somehow

#57 Jian Seng Soh, Malaysia National Award

Jian Seng Soh, Malaysia National Award

Jian Seng Soh Report

boredhuman 1 year ago

Me on my way to school. Me on my way back from school.

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#58 Seung Jong Lee, Republic Of Korea National Award

Seung Jong Lee, Republic Of Korea National Award

Los Angeles 2016. Los Angeles Street Photography.

Seung Jong Lee Report

#59 Lise Johansson, Denmark National Award

Lise Johansson, Denmark National Award

The series Hearth explores what it means to feel at home. The inspiration for the work came from the personal experience of Johansson returning to Denmark after many years of living abroad and realising he had lost the warm sense of belonging I once he had. This feeling of loss can be felt when viewing the photograph.

Lise Johansson Report

Jack Candy 1 year ago

looks like a painting

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#60 Evan George, Australia National Award

Evan George, Australia National Award

Evan George Report

JELollis 1 year ago

This image speaks to me of extreme depression and heartache. Loneliness and introspection.

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#61 Katrijn Van Giel, Belgium National Award

Katrijn Van Giel, Belgium National Award

Katrijn Van Giel Report

#62 Argus Paul Estabrook, Usa National Award

Argus Paul Estabrook, Usa National Award

Argus Paul Estabrook Report

Daria B 1 year ago

I know the caption says it's USA, but... Greetings from Korea! ♥

#63 Bernard Ward, Ireland National Award

Bernard Ward, Ireland National Award

Bernard Ward Report

The Cappy 1 year ago

I wonder what I'm looking at, here. This one could have benefitted from a caption.

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#64 Harley Yang, Canada National Award

Harley Yang, Canada National Award

Harley Yang Report

Miriam Hirsch 1 year ago

This image would make a great painting on canvas.

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#65 Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto Report

Detta Dyani 1 year ago

very nice

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