This year The Sony World Photography Awards celebrates its 11th anniversary. It is one of the most respected and influential photography contests. Every year the Awards gather the best photography from around the world and this year is no exception. We are presented with the most beautiful pictures by both professional and amateur artists.

The photo contest received a record total of 319,561 images. It hands out awards to the best photographers in 4 different categories; Professional (body of work), open (single images), youth (photographers aged 12-19), and student focus. One photo of each participating country is presented with a National Award.

All category winners will receive cutting-edge digital imaging equipment from Sony. Cash prizes of $25k will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5k to the Open Photographer of the Year.

Tell us which of these cool photos are your favorites in the comments and don't forget to check out the pretty pictures by last year's winners.

More info: worldphoto.org

#1

Brendon Cremer, South Africa National Award

Brendon Cremer, South Africa National Award

Brendon Cremer Report

Ben S.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Ah, finally, A little privacy. Now to take a little drink in peace and qui..."

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#2

Martin Stranka, Czech Republic National Award

Martin Stranka, Czech Republic National Award

Martin Stranka Report

#3

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit, Thailand National Award

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit, Thailand National Award

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit Report

#4

Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand National Award

Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand National Award

Suphakaln Wongcompune Report

jenna
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

scary and mesmerizing at the same time

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#5

Isabelle Bacher, Austria National Award

Isabelle Bacher, Austria National Award

Isabelle Bacher Report

jenna
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like a copy of this to hang on my wall. Inspiring.

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#6

Wenjie Qiao, United States National Award

Wenjie Qiao, United States National Award

Wenjie Qiao Report

#7

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award,

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award,

Kyaw Win Hlaing Report

#8

Chin Boon Leng, Singapore National Award

Chin Boon Leng, Singapore National Award

Chin Boon Leng Report

HellCat
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could turn into a giant for a few moments, and just gently caress the surface of those hills. They look so velvety.

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#9

Santiago Borja, Ecuador National Award

Santiago Borja, Ecuador National Award

Santiago Borja Report

#10

Lynn Wu, Taiwan National Award

Lynn Wu, Taiwan National Award

Lynn Wu Report

#11

Pedro Jarque, Peru National Award

Pedro Jarque, Peru National Award

Pedro Jarque Report

#12

Junghye Lee, South Korea National Award

Junghye Lee, South Korea National Award

Junghye Lee Report

VHunter D
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like I've seen tons of photos just like this on-....oooooooh.

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#14

Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

Petar Sabo Report

#15

Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia National Award

Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia National Award

Yen Sin Wong Report

Niff
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It kind of looks like a giant banana peel

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#16

Bassam Allam, Egypt National Award

Bassam Allam, Egypt National Award

Bassam Allam Report

#18

Ingrid Vekemans, Belgium National Award

Ingrid Vekemans, Belgium National Award

Ingrid Vekemans Report

Lua boots
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be or not to be....mmmmm...banana

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#19

Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland National Award

Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland National Award

Justyna Zdunczyk Report

Sillyist
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can relate to the middle deer. When I'm eating I have zero awareness of the world around me.

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#20

Sylvia Michel, Switzerland National Award

Sylvia Michel, Switzerland National Award

Sylvia Miche Report

Lua boots
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you arrive to the party and you realized you put too much high lighter illuminator make up on your face

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#21

Md. Tofazzal Hossain, Bangladesh National Award

Md. Tofazzal Hossain, Bangladesh National Award

Md.Tofazzal Hossain Report

#22

Au Hin Man, Hong Kong National Award

Au Hin Man, Hong Kong National Award

Au Hin Man Report

#23

Anton Novozhilov, Estonia National Award

Anton Novozhilov, Estonia National Award

Anton Novozhilov Report

#24

Takashi Nakazawa, Japan National Award

Takashi Nakazawa, Japan National Award

Takashi Nakazawa Report

#25

Nicky Loh, Singapore National Awar

Nicky Loh, Singapore National Awar

Nicky Loh Report

#26

Ales Krivec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Krivec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Krivec Report

Peter Anka
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

winter is coming - so are the walkers...

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#27

Tina Signesdottir Hult, Norway National Award

Tina Signesdottir Hult, Norway National Award

Tina Signesdottir Hult Report

jenna
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it a real fox? It looks beautiful, however, I certainly don't like animals being killed for beauty.

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#28

Zeyar Htun, Myanmar National Award

Zeyar Htun, Myanmar National Award

Zeyar Htun Report

Heather Grover
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The play of lights in this is gorgeous

#29

Chul-Ui Song, South Korea National Award

Chul-Ui Song, South Korea National Award

Chul-Ui Song Report

Darren Shalla
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meh, It's a gas station in a snow fall. You know how many of these kind of shots there are in Canada? Not sure how this got an award.

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#30

Vinh Dao, Vietnam National Award

Vinh Dao, Vietnam National Award

Vinh Dao Report

#31

Mikkel Beiter, Denmark National Award

Mikkel Beiter, Denmark National Award

Mikkel Beiter Report

April Simnel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, surely this is an outtake from The Grand Budapest Hotel!

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#32

Thu Huynh, Vietnam National Award

Thu Huynh, Vietnam National Award

Thu Huynh Report

#33

Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Jonatan Banista Report

HellCat
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful use of lighting. I love what she's wearing, particularly the head piece. Looks almost like a renaissance portrait.

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#34

Jianguang Zhou, China National Award

Jianguang Zhou, China National Award

Jianguang Zhou Report

Karen Polak
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant shot with colour and shape, a moment in time.

#35

Erika Valkovicova, Slovakia National Award

Erika Valkovicova, Slovakia National Award

Erika Valkovicova Report

Carol Williams
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"And the hand of God reached out, and touched..."

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#36

Wee Beng Lim, Singapore National Award

Wee Beng Lim, Singapore National Award

Wee Beng Lim Report

#37

Nuket Uluc, Turkey National Award

Nuket Uluc, Turkey National Award

Nuket Uluc Report

#38

Ares Jonekson Saragi, Indonesia National Award

Ares Jonekson Saragi, Indonesia National Award

Ares Jonekson Saragi Report

#39

Zhaoting Wu, China National Award

Zhaoting Wu, China National Award

Zhaoting Wu Report

#40

Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly Report

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Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stunning. Even after the cambodian genocide there is so much beauty

#41

Abdulla Al-Mushaifri, Qatar National Award

Abdulla Al-Mushaifri, Qatar National Award

Abdulla AL-Mushaifri Report

HellCat
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone knows what is this place? It looks so surreal. The pattern reminds me of the math notebooks I had in school.

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#42

Damon Beckford, Finland National Award

Damon Beckford, Finland National Award

Damon Beckford Report

#43

Sai Aung Main, Myanmar National Award

Sai Aung Main, Myanmar National Award

Sai Aung Main Report

Karen Polak
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Could have been much better framing...

#44

Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like his butt's stuck to it XD

#45

Marie Moroni, France National Award

Marie Moroni, France National Award

Marie Moroni Report

therealpixie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my, it looks like a Dutch old master painting brought to life.

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#46

Tien Sang Kok, Malaysia National Award

Tien Sang Kok, Malaysia National Award

Tien Sang Kok Report

#47

Andrius Kundrotas, Lithuania National Award

Andrius Kundrotas, Lithuania National Award

Andrius Kundrotas Report

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Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ARE THEY TRAWLING???????????????????????????? Sorry. It's my trigger, its aweful for coral, therefore eliminating fish nuseries, and then the population of fish goes down.

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#48

Nicu Spinu, Romania National Award

Nicu Spinu, Romania National Award

Nicu Spinu Report

therealpixie
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do not understand this road. It's not a switchback down a mountain, or it would curve downward in the bottom right of the picture. Instead, it curves upward to go back where it came from. Why? Does anyone know what it is?

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#49

Trung Pham Huy, Vietnam National Award

Trung Pham Huy, Vietnam National Award

Trung Pham Huy Report

#50

Kenneth O Halloran, Ireland National Award

Kenneth O Halloran, Ireland National Award

Kenneth O Halloran Report

glowworm2
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's so pretty, I didn't even notice she was missing a hand at first.

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#51

Manuel Armenis, Germany National Award

Manuel Armenis, Germany National Award

Manuel Armenis Report

Karen Polak
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this! Social history in a moment of time.

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#52

Louie Lam Shu Yan, Hong Kong National Award

Louie Lam Shu Yan, Hong Kong National Award

Louie Lam Shu Yan Report

#53

Panos Skordas, Greece National Award

Panos Skordas, Greece National Award

Panos Skordas Report

glowworm2
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even the Minotaur needed to find his way out of his maze sometimes.

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#54

Don Ferdinand Tabbun, Uae National Award

Don Ferdinand Tabbun, Uae National Award

Don Ferdinand Tabbun Report

#55

Ameer Hamza Khawaja, Pakistan National Awards

Ameer Hamza Khawaja, Pakistan National Awards

Ameer Hamza Khawaja Report

#56

Aleksandrs Drozdovs, Latvia National Award

Aleksandrs Drozdovs, Latvia National Award

Aleksandrs Drozdovs Report

#57

Swapnil Deshpande, India National Award

Swapnil Deshpande, India National Award

Swapnil Deshpande Report

#58

Dexter Maneja, Philippines National Award

Dexter Maneja, Philippines National Award

Dexter Maneja Report

#60

Bernardo Hernandez, Colombia National Award

Bernardo Hernandez, Colombia National Award

Bernardo Hernandez Report

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#61

Phearun Yin, Cambodia National Award

Phearun Yin, Cambodia National Award