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35 Of The Best Shortlisted Photos In The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards started accepting entries last year, ushering in a months-long competition poised to unearth the best emerging and professional photographers around the globe. We've been following the contest since last September, showcasing the best entries submitted in categories like travel, arts and culture, landscape, nature and wildlife, architecture, people and contemporary issues. After weeks of poring over the professional and amateur shots, we're pleased to finally present the shortlist of winners for this year's awards season.

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The annual Sony World Photography Awards, which dates back to 2007, has seen over 700,000 submissions in its lifetime, reaching artists in over 230 different countries. The 2015 edition alone attracted 173,000 entries from 171 countries. Its aim, firmly stated on the World Photography website, is "to recognize and reward the best contemporary photography in the world." Winners of the contest are eligible for a $30,000 cash prize, digital imaging equipment and the chance to exhibit in touring shows in London and beyond.

While we still have to wait until April 23 to see the final list of winners, we have a preview of the 2015 shortlist below. Take a peek at the incredible selections and head over to the Professional, Open and Youth shortlist pages to see more.

Indonesia, Nature and Wildlife (Open)
Harfian Herdi / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Harfian Herdi
Poland, Sports
Marcin Klocck / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Marcin Klocck
United Kingdom, People (Open)
Simon Morris / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Simon Morris
Israel, Arts and Culture (Professional)
Gilli Yaari / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Gilli Yaari
Russia, Landscape (Professional)
Danila Tkachenko / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Danila Tkachenko
United States, Contemporary Issues (Professional)
Lisa Kranttz / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Lisa Kranttz
Australia, Architecture (Open)
Gina Alderson-Hicks / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Gina Alderson-Hicks
France, Portraiture
Christian Berthelot / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Christian Berthelot
Australia, Nature and Wildlife (Open)
Melissa Little / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Melissa Little
Finland, Still Life
Kimmo Metsaranta / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Kimmo Metsaranta
Indonesia, Arts and Culture (Open)
Aprison Aprison / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Aprison Aprison
United Kingdom, Landscape (Professional)
Simon Butterworth / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Simon Butterworth
Israel, Portrait (Youth)
Adi Dekel / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Adi Dekel
Iran, People (Open)
Saeed Barikani/ 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Saeed Barikani
South Africa, Contemporary Issues (Professional)
Brent Stirton / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Brent Stirton
Poland, Arts and Culture (Open)
Adrian Jaszczak / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Adrian Jaszcak
United Kingdom, Life (Professional)
Julia Fullerton Batten / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Julia Fullerton Batten
Germany, Architecture (Open)
JÅrgen Schrepfer / / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Jargen Schrepfer
France, Conceptual (Professional)
Daesung Lee / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Daesung Lee
Singapore, Youth Culture
David Pereira / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
David Pereira
United Kingdom, Portraiture
Dougie Wallace / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Dougie Wallace
Iran, Travel
Farid Sani / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Farid Sani
Italy, Landscape (Professional)
Giulio di Sturco / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Giulio di Sturco
Denmark, Portraiture
Jens Juul / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Jens Juul
Sweden, People
Johan Bavman / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Johan Bavman
United Kingdom, Campaign (Professional)
Jonathan Syer / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Jonathan Syer
Singapore, Sports
Jonthan Yeap Chin Tiong / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong
Kenya, Smile (Open)
Joseph Makeni / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Joseph Makeni
Belgium, People
Liza Van der Stock / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Liza Van der Stock
Italy, Architecture (Professional)
Massimo Siragusa / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Massimo Siragusa
Russia, Lifestyle (Professional)
Ramil Gilvanov / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Ramil Gilvanov
Germany, People (Professional)
Sabine Lewandowski / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Sabine Lewandowski
Germany, Sport
Sascha Fromm / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Sascha Fromm
America, Smile (Open)
Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson
Ukraine, Current Affairs (Professional)
Vladsylav Musiienko / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Vladsylav Musiienko


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