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

The competition received a record total of 319,561 images. It hands out awards to 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 what your favorites are in the comments and don't forget to check out 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. 11 months ago

"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

Hans 11 months ago

"Need any help?"

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#3 Paranyu Pithayarungsarit, Thailand National Award

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit, Thailand National Award

Paranyu Pithayarungsarit Report

PurpleUnicorn 11 months ago

Deadvlei, Namibia

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#4 Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand National Award

Suphakaln Wongcompune, Thailand National Award

Suphakaln Wongcompune Report

jenna 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

Vita Vitriaulfa 11 months ago

💕❤

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#7 Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award,

Kyaw Win Hlaing, Myanmar National Award,

Kyaw Win Hlaing Report

Aditya Rendy 11 months ago

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

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#8 Chin Boon Leng, Singapore National Award

Chin Boon Leng, Singapore National Award

Chin Boon Leng Report

HellCat 11 months ago

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

Melody Lanzatella 11 months ago

What a shot!

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#10 Lynn Wu, Taiwan National Award

Lynn Wu, Taiwan National Award

Lynn Wu Report

Sillyist 11 months ago

Croc's got a solid dentist.

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#11 Pedro Jarque, Peru National Award

Pedro Jarque, Peru National Award

Pedro Jarque Report

Anne 11 months ago

drooling giraffe?

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#12 Junghye Lee, South Korea National Award

Junghye Lee, South Korea National Award

Junghye Lee Report

VHunter D 11 months ago

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

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#13 Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria National Award

Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria National Award

Veselin Atanasov Report

#14 Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

Petar Sabol, Croatia National Award

Petar Sabo Report

Martin Ludwig 11 months ago

I think they're caught in the act ;-)

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#15 Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia National Award

Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia National Award

Yen Sin Wong Report

Niff 11 months ago

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

glowworm2 11 months ago

That is a gorgeous woman.

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#17 Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly Report

Chris Thibert 11 months ago

What is this?

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#18 Ingrid Vekemans, Belgium National Award

Ingrid Vekemans, Belgium National Award

Ingrid Vekemans Report

Lua boots 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

GlassOfWater 11 months ago

A couple of kids...

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#22 Au Hin Man, Hong Kong National Award

Au Hin Man, Hong Kong National Award

Au Hin Man Report

Marnie Payne 11 months ago

Very Zen

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#23 Anton Novozhilov, Estonia National Award

Anton Novozhilov, Estonia National Award

Anton Novozhilov Report

Edmon Lagahit 11 months ago

amazing!

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#24 Takashi Nakazawa, Japan National Award

Takashi Nakazawa, Japan National Award

Takashi Nakazawa Report

Joseph Kitchens 11 months ago

other worldly

#25 Nicky Loh, Singapore National Awar

Nicky Loh, Singapore National Awar

Nicky Loh Report

Marnie Payne 11 months ago

beautiful paradise.

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#26 Ales Krivec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Krivec, Slovenia National Award

Ales Krivec Report

Peter Anka 8 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 10 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

Estefany Sofia Sánchez Mtz 11 months ago

Remember, remember.....

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#33 Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Jonatan Banista, Central America National Award

Jonatan Banista Report

HellCat 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

"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

Rob Lucchetti 11 months ago

i have never seen water that flat and blue - beautiful

#37 Nuket Uluc, Turkey National Award

Nuket Uluc, Turkey National Award

Nuket Uluc Report

Heather Grover 11 months ago

nature v the city; old v the new

#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

Serena Pop 11 months ago

machine city

#40 Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly, Cambodia National Award

Min Ly Report

... 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

HellCat 11 months ago

Event horizon.

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#43 Sai Aung Main, Myanmar National Award

Sai Aung Main, Myanmar National Award

Sai Aung Main Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Could have been much better framing...

#44 Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia National Award

Fajar Kristianto Report

GlassOfWater 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

... 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

Full Name 11 months ago

Old timey prison delousing

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#53 Panos Skordas, Greece National Award

Panos Skordas, Greece National Award

Panos Skordas Report

glowworm2 11 months ago

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

Full Name 11 months ago

Stunning. My fav so far.

#58 Dexter Maneja, Philippines National Award

Dexter Maneja, Philippines National Award

Dexter Maneja Report

#59 Ajay Maharjan, Nepal National Award

Ajay Maharjan, Nepal National Award

Ajay Maharjan Report

सञ्जे घिमिरे काश्यप 11 months ago

#eyes #gather #crowd #alone #girl #cold

#60 Bernardo Hernandez, Colombia National Award

Bernardo Hernandez, Colombia National Award

Bernardo Hernandez Report

#61 Phearun Yin, Cambodia National Award

Phearun Yin, Cambodia National Award

Phearun Yin Report

#62 Damith Osuranga Danthanarayana, Sri Lanka National Award

Damith Osuranga Danthanarayana, Sri Lanka National Award

Damith Osuranga Danthanarayana Report

#63 Antonio Coelho, Portugal National Award

Antonio Coelho, Portugal National Award

Antonio Coelho Report

#64 Yusuke Suzuki, Japan National Award

Yusuke Suzuki, Japan National Award

Yusuke Suzuki Report

Rob Lucchetti 11 months ago

love the tonality of it

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#65 Richard Winston, United States National Award

Richard Winston, United States National Award

Richard Winston Report

Kann 11 months ago

Wow, if it was not captioned as a photo award, I would have thought this was a drawing!

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#66 Katy Gomez Lopez, Spain National Award

Katy Gomez Lopez, Spain National Award

Katy Gomez Lopez Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Imagery excellent, fascinating picture that tells a story

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#67 Lennart Hessel, Sweden National Award

Lennart Hessel, Sweden National Award

Lennart Hessel Report

... 11 months ago

Wild dog are so rare!!! this must have been a difficult photo to capture.

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#68 Md Enamul Kabir, Bangladesh National Award

Md Enamul Kabir, Bangladesh National Award

Md Enamul Kabir Report

GlassOfWater 11 months ago

I'm never going to complain about a packed train again

#69 Lanze Haung, Taiwan National Award

Lanze Haung, Taiwan National Award

Lanze Haung Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Toursit snap

#70 Gaps Sabuero, Philippines National Award

Gaps Sabuero, Philippines National Award

Gaps Sabuero Report

#71 Kai Fatt Eng, Malaysia National Award

Kai Fatt Eng, Malaysia National Award

Kai Fatt Eng Report

jenna 11 months ago

This could be a very interesting wallpaper.

#72 Wen-Lung Lee, Taiwan National Award

Wen-Lung Lee, Taiwan National Award

Wen-Lung Lee Report

#73 Mirella Lukens, Netherlands National Award

Mirella Lukens, Netherlands National Award

Mirella Lukens Report

Emma Dingle 11 months ago

Beautiful!

#74 Yoon Jeongvin, South Korea National Award

Yoon Jeongvin, South Korea National Award

Yoon JeongVin Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Depressing dystopia but something interesting here

#75 Caterina Bruzzone, Italy National Award

Caterina Bruzzone, Italy National Award

Caterina Bruzzone Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Brassai style nice

#76 Pranishan Rajbhandari, Nepal National Award

Pranishan Rajbhandari, Nepal National Award

Pranishan Rajbhandari Report

सञ्जे घिमिरे काश्यप 11 months ago

haha... #technology #girl #fake #eyes :D

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#77 Aleksandr Bityutskih, Russia National Award,

Aleksandr Bityutskih, Russia National Award,

Aleksandr Bityutskih Report

HellCat 11 months ago

I don't know what to think about this one. It's a little out of place, in my humble opinion. Not saying that the other pictures are not photomanipulated, but this one it is to a more obvious degree. Unless that house is painted that way in real life, which I don't think it is. Or maybe I just don't get the message behind it, but overall I am not too impressed with it. I've seen breathtaking pictures in this collection. This one, to me, is a little strange.

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#78 Sandaru Saranjaya Gayanpriya Urala Liyanage, Sri Lanka National Awards

Sandaru Saranjaya Gayanpriya Urala Liyanage, Sri Lanka National Awards

Sandaru Saranjaya Gayanpriya Urala Liyanage Report

#79 Chris Round, Australia National Award

Chris Round, Australia National Award

Chris Round Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

Really?

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#80 Xiaoqin Zhou, China National Awar

Xiaoqin Zhou, China National Awar

Xiaoqin Zhou Report

Karen Polak 11 months ago

? What for

#81 Junya Suzuki, Japan National Award

Junya Suzuki, Japan National Award

Junya Suzuki Report

#82 Karla Guerrero Trejo, Mexico National Award

Karla Guerrero Trejo, Mexico National Award

Karla Guerrero Trejo Report

#83 Chintan Shamsher Gauchan, Nepal National Award

Chintan Shamsher Gauchan, Nepal National Award