Sony and the World Photography Organization have announced the shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories.
The 2015 competition saw more than 173,000 entries this year, making it the most successful year in the awards’ eight-year history.
Those in the professional categories are competing for a $25,000 prize and the title of Photographer of the Year.
The winners of this year’s awards will be revealed in April at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala.
OPEN: A shoal of black-tip reef sharks patrol the coast of the Seychelles, an island off the coast of Africa.
Byron Dilkes, UK, Shortlist, Travel, Open,
A man performs a “bomb” dive into the ocean. Photographer Antony Crossfield made the image to show how one could create “fiction” in digital photography.
Antony Crossfield, UK, Shortlist, Enhanced Open,
These pelicans live at Port Vincent in South Australia. They have become accustomed to waiting for fish offal for food.
Melissa Little, Australia, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open,
Photographer Harfian Herdi caught these three frogs during morning light.
Haifan Herdi, Indonesia, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open,
A young Nenets boy plays in temperatures of 40 degrees below zero in Siberia. The Nenets are an indigenous group in Northern Russia.
Simon Morris, UK, Shortlist, Smile, Open,
This photo was taken during the Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. The girls in the tournament were aged 8 to 12.
Adrian Jaszczak, Poland, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Open,
These are the cranes at the Harland and Wolff docks in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Norman Quinn, UK, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open,
In northern Iran, Saeed Barikani captured this old shepherd, who had been surprised by a snowstorm in the countryside.
Saeed Barikani, Iran, Shortlist, Smile, Open,
This stunning architectural photo was taken in Berlin.
Jürgen Schrepfer, Germany, Shortlist, Architecture, Open,
This untitled photo was taken by photographer Joseph Makeni in Kenya.
Jpseph Makeni, Kenya, Shortlist, Smile, Open,
This photo was taken during the Bujang Ganong dance, a traditional attraction in Indonesia.
Aprison Aprison, Indonesia, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Open,
PROFESSIONAL: This photo of the Useless Loop solar salt operation in Australia was taken from a plane at 4,000 feet.
Simon Butterworth, UK, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition,
Photographer Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong took these photos to capture the underwater grace of the synchronized swimming team in Singapore during its training session.
Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition
This project, called “Caesar,” shows children born by cesarean section.
© Christian Berthelot, France, shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition,
Photographer Kimmo Metsaranta took this photo to try to make a “still life” using a live animal. This cat was not very cooperative.
Kimmo Metsaranta, Finland, Shortlist, Still Life, Professional Competition,
This photo taken by Massimo Siragusa is part of a series on clubs in Italy. The country is well known for its exclusive clubs with restricted access. Many for people of specific professions.
©Massimo Siragusa, Italy, Professional, Architecture,
These two young girls in West Bengal, India were born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. The surgery to cure the blindness is simple, but many of those in India with the condition cannot afford it.
©Brent Stirton, South Africa, Shortlist, Contemporary Issues, Professional,
Italy’s Ludwig Rieder prepares for the training run during the men’s luge doubles during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sascha Fromm, Germany, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition,
The Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted rivers in the world because of the toxic waste dumped by factories every day.
Giulio di Sturco/Reportage by Getty, Italy, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition,
Hector Garcia Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, is nearly 600 pounds. He struggles to complete daily tasks like bathing. When this photo was taken, Garcia had just begun dieting.
©Lisa Krantz, United States, Shortlisted, Contemporary Issues, Professional
In Sweden, parents are incentivized to take off work to spend time with their kids. Photographer Johan Bavman took this photo and others to show Swedish fathers on paternity leave.
Johan Bavman, Sweden, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition,
In the Ryogoku district of Tokyo, there are many training quarters for sumo wrestlers. Most never let outsiders in. Photographer Marcin Klocek was able to get special access to the Miyagino training house.
Marcin Klocek/TRAVELLER, Poland, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition,
This photo was part of a project called “Restricted Areas,” which photographer Danila Tkachenko says is about “the utopian strive of humans for technological progress.”
Danila Tkachencko, Russia, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition,
Ultra-orthodox Jewish men celebrate the Purim holiday in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. The festival commemorates the rescue of Jews from genocide in ancient Persia.
Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional,
A Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine.
Vladyslav Musiienko/UNIAN, Ukraine, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition
This is the open shower in the Caribbean Bay water park at Everland, the largest theme park in South Korea.
Julia Fullerton-Batten, UK, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition
Photographer Dougie Wallace took this photo to illustrate the difference in life expectancies from Glasgow, Scotland to London.
Dougie Wallace/Institute, UK, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition,
The Palestinian Circus School was established in 2009 in the village of Birzeit. Here, a Palestinian child practices at the school.
Rich Wiles/Invision Images, UK, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional,
YOUTH: Liverpool’s famous River Mersey Festival is an annual event celebrating the history of the city and the river. Many rare tall ships can be seen gathering in the river, as they do every year.
Alex Foden, UK, Shortlist, Environment, Youth Competition,
Photographer Stephanie Anjo took this photo of her cousin at her parents’ hometown in Portugal.
Stephanie Anjo, UK, Shortlist, Portraits, Youth Award,
This photo was taken towards the end of spring in Sydney, Australia, when the people of the city head out to the beach.
©David Pereira, Singapore, Shortlist, Culture, Youth,