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These Are 32 Of The Most Stunning Submissions In This Year's World Photography Awards

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards season has officially opened.

The competition, open to photographers of all skill levels and ages, has seen over 700,000 submissions -- from over 230 different countries -- since it launched in 2007. It aims to showcase the talents of artists and amateurs around the globe, calling for individuals to enter photos in four categories: professional (level "serious"), student (for those studying photography), youth (for the under 19 crowd), and open (for the enthusiasts).

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(c) Rudi Steenbruggen, Netherlands, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The contest, physically based in London, gives finalists and winners the opportunity to showcase their work at an exhibition at the historic Somerset House, as well as publication in the annual WPO book. Aspiring competitors have until January 5, 2015 to send in their offerings for this year.

The folks at WPO sent us a preview of 32 of the best open entries thus far, originating from locales as diverse as Myanmar, the Netherlands, Chile, South Africa and Iran. Check out a selection of the 2015 submissions below and head over to the website to submit your own photo.

  • (c) Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Kris Williams, UK, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Kris Williams, UK, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Sayan Mukherjee, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Sayan Mukherjee, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Riski Januar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Riski Januar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Adrian Capusan, Romania, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Adrian Capusan, Romania, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Nick Ng, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Nick Ng, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Marianna Mosconi, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Marianna Mosconi, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Andrey Kozlovsky, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Andrey Kozlovsky, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Kathryn Hallett, Canada, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photograpy Awards
    (c) Kathryn Hallett, Canada, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photograpy Awards
  • (c) Ashwini Kapoor, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Ashwini Kapoor, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Denis Esakov, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Denis Esakov, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Bao Vu, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Bao Vu, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Kyaw Kyaw Winn, Myanmar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Kyaw Kyaw Winn, Myanmar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Manuel Fuentes, Chile, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Manuel Fuentes, Chile, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Nick Ng, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Nick Ng, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Ekaterina Grigoryeva, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Ekaterina Grigoryeva, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Leo Bakx, Netherlands, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Leo Bakx, Netherlands, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Mohamad Javad Jowkar, Iran, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Mohamad Javad Jowkar, Iran, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Peter Eberhardt, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Peter Eberhardt, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Phạm Xuân Hiện, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Phạm Xuân Hiện, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Riski Januar, Indonesia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Riski Januar, Indonesia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Sashikanth Chintla, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Sashikanth Chintla, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Seyms Brugger, South Africa, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Seyms Brugger, South Africa, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Ali Alzuhair, Saudi Arabia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Ali Alzuhair, Saudi Arabia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Simone Eisath, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Simone Eisath, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • (c) Josie Eldred, Australia, Open Competition, 2015 SOny World Photography awards
    (c) Josie Eldred, Australia, Open Competition, 2015 SOny World Photography awards
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