In one shot, a bay fur seal peers innocently into an underwater camera near the Commander islands. In another, a young girl dressed in traditional costume yawns while waiting to perform during the Melasti Festival in Bali. In yet another, a sea of buildings stretch across the Sichuan province in China, housing 40,000 Buddhist monks within them.
These are but a few of the 230,103 images submitted to this year's Sony World Photography Awards earlier this year. Sent by professional and amateur photographers from 186 countries, the pool of participating artists has since been narrowed to 270 shortlisted photographers spanning 60 countries.
Sony recently announced the shortlist, featured in part below. From architecture to portraiture to wildlife photography, the selected photos provide a fascinating glimpse into not only the practice of photographers around the world, but the public and private stories contributing to current events across the globe.
The overall winners of the 2016 competition, chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced on April 21-- including the winner of a $25,000 prize and the L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year title. In the meantime, see a selection of the shortlisted photographs here, along with captions provided by Sony.
Note: the country attached to each photograph indicates the home country of each photographer, not the setting of the image.
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