35 incredible photos from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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35 incredible photos from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Miracle Mile

Photographer Name: Gina Nero

Year: 2015

Image Description: Miracle Mile is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York.

Copyright: ©Gina Nero, Australia, Shortlist, Architecture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Berlin

Photographer Name: Jürgen Schrepfer

Year: 2015

Copyright: ©Jürgen Schrepfer, Germany, Shortlist, Architecture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Jump!

Photographer Name: Aprison Aprison

Year: 2015

Image Description: One of traditional attraction in Indonesia Culture called Bujang Ganong. He jumped into the circle of fire.

Copyright: ©Aprison Aprison, Indonesia, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Headless

Photographer Name: Adrian Jaszczak

Year: 2015

Image Description: Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.

Copyright: ©Adrian Jaszczak, Poland, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer Name: Joseph Makeni

Year: 2015

Copyright: ©Joseph Makeni, Kenya, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Exuberance

Photographer Name: Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson

Year: 2015

Copyright: ©Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson, Austria, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: On the Tundra....

Photographer Name: Simon Morris

Year: 2015

Image Description: A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.

Copyright: ©Simon Morris, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: frog story

Photographer Name: Harfian Herdi

Year: 2015

Image Description: three cute frog at the morning lights

Copyright: ©Harfian Herdi, Indonesia, Shortlist, Nature &Wildlife, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Welcoming Summer

Photographer Name: David Pereira

Year: 2015

Image Description: As Spring draw to a close and the final gusts of the southern breeze peter out, the people of Sydney take to the beach to welcome the summer heat. A national past time, you can say that it has become a part of the Australian culture. The photograph aims to capture the mood of everyone at the beach.

Copyright: ©David Pereira, Singapore, Shortlist, Culture, Youth, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Anna

Photographer Name: Adi Dekel

Year: 2015

Copyright: ©Adi Dekel, Israel, Shortlist, Portraits, Youth Award, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Pelican Feeding

Photographer Name: Melissa Little

Year: 2015

Image Description: These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australia and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal. January 2014

Copyright: ©Melissa Little, Australia, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Old Shepherd

Photographer Name: Saeed Barikani

Year: 2015

Image Description: An old shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan's countrysides in the north of Iran

Copyright: ©Saeed Barikani, Iran, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Restricted Areas, 1

Photographer Name: Danila Tkachenko

Year: 2015

Series Name: Restricted Areas

Series Description: The project "Restricted area" is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have - this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others. Better, higher, stronger - these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything. I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress - and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came. 

Copyright: ©Danila Tkachenko, Russia, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards 

Image Name: Ukraine, Maydan

Photographer Name: Vladyslav Musiienko

Year: 2015

Image Description: Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine 10.02.2014

Series Name: Ukraine. Kiev. Euromaidan

Series Description: Euromaidan was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square") in Kiev, demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests expanded, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The protests ultimately led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Many protesters joined because of the violent dispersal of protesters on 30 November and "a will to change life in Ukraine". By 25 January 2014, the protests had been fuelled by the perception of "widespread government corruption", "abuse of power", and "violation of human rights in Ukraine". The protests reached a climax during mid-February. 

Copyright: ©Vladyslav Musiienko / UNIAN, Ukraine, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards 

Image Name: Blue Fields, 1

Photographer Name: Simon Butterworth

Year: 2015

Image Description: The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft. The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths. Time of day and cloud cover were also critical, the abstract effect being heightened by complete lack of signifying shadow.

Series Name: Blue Fields

Series Description: Blue Fields was shot at the Useless Loop solar salt operation situated in Shark Bay, the westernmost point of mainland Australia. The series is part of a larger, long term project, Aesthetics of the Unexpected, which explores the relationships between perception, expectation and reality.

Copyright: ©Simon Butterworth, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Award

Image Name: Couples in shower

Photographer Name: Julia Fullerton-Batten

Year: 2015

Series Name: Everland Korea

Series Description: Everland is the largest theme park in Korea. This is the open shower in Caribbean Bay.

Copyright: ©Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Cat Mother, 2

Photographer Name: Ramil Gilvanov

Year: 2015

Series Name: Cat Mother 

Series Description: Series of images from the life of photographer's family

Copyright: ©Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova, Russia, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Clubs in Italy2

Photographer Name: Massimo Siragusa

Year: 2015

Series Name: Clubs in Italy

Copyright: ©Massimo Siragusa, Agenzia Fotogiornalistica Contrasto Galleria del Cembalo, Italy, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum 02

Photographer Name: Dougie Wallace

Year: 2015

Series Name: Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum.

Series Description: Londonís Kensington & Chelsea has the UKís highest life expectancy at birth. I looked at this Glasgow community and the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants. Iím interested in commuters and capturing people on public transport. My intention was to juxtapose Glasgow with the setting of Kensington and Chelsea in London. Being from Glasgow, I am moved by what I perceive to be missing chunks of life and the bleakness of those shortened lives lived in the Calton, a small pocket of Glasgow, compared to those lived in Kensington and Chelsea. The difference in fortunes is not only apparent in mortality but in the cut of their suits and coats, the accessories they carry, the way the women apply their make-up, even their expressions tell a tale ñ confident and haughty vs downtrodden and malnourished. Using my trademark style of pathos vs bathos and my method of getting up close to my subjects I produced a series of pictures that give an important social account as well as entertain my viewer.

Copyright: ©Dougie Wallace / Institute, United Kingdom, SHORTLIST, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Hair 09

Photographer Name: Jens Juul

Year: 2015

Series Name: Hair

Series Description: The hair is an intimate part of a person. Hair has some symbolic value: ideas of beauty, strength, eroticism, individuality, sensuality, masculinity, and femininity are closely linked to the hair. When I bike to school and kindergarten with my children in the morning, we pass a hairdresser's, which is frequented daily by local residents. I was working intensely on another project at the time, but the idea just gripped me. I started visiting different hair salons to capture the moment where we let other people get intimately close and shape the way the world sees us. When I meet ordinary people, I'm intrigued by the fact that they have so many fascinating stories and interesting personalities. You don't have to go to distant places to experience drama and the unknown. The odds are, you'll find both right around the corner. In this case the stories were found at the local hairdresser. The project is not yet finished, there is still so much to discover in Copenhagen's hair salons.

Copyright: ©Jens Juul, Denmark, SHORTLIST, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: caesar #19

Photographer Name: Christian Berthelot

Year: 2015

Image Description: Children born by incision

Series Name: CAESAR

Copyright: ©Christian Berthelot, France, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Purim Holiday in Jerusalem1

Photographer Name: Gili Yaari

Year: 2015

Series Name: Purim Holiday in Jerusalem

Series Description: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Toldot Aharon Sect celebrate the Purim holiday in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem on March 17, 2014. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from a genocide in ancient Persia.

Copyright: ©Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Underwater Grace 2

Photographer Name: Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong

Year: 2015

Image Description: The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronized swimming team trainings in Singapore.

Series Name: Underwater Grace

Series Description: Black and white treatment was chosen for this series of images to further enhance the body form underwater. It leaves the viewers a sense of space frozen in time and the subjects "floating".

Copyright: ©Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Olympic Faces 01

Photographer Name: Sascha Fromm

Year: 2015

Image Description: Italy's Ludwig Rieder prepares for the training run during the Men's Luge Doubles of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sanki Sliding Center on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

Series Name: Olympic Faces

Series Description: The faces of olympic luge pilots shortly before the race starts during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. A view at the faces of sports heros which are often puckered, pinched and contorted behind their masks.

Copyright: ©Sascha Fromm, Germany, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Sweat and blood 02

Photographer Name: Marcin Klocek

Year: 2015

Series Name: Sweat and blood

Series Description: In the Ryogoku district of Tokyo are many heyas (beyas) - training quarters, where sumo wrestlers train and live. Very few of them let outsiders into the heya to watch their practice. However if one has a special invitation or is lucky then the experience of seeing the national sport of Japan at close distance and the wrestlers in all their sweat and blood is unforgettable. And if you are extremely lucky you can even rub shoulders with the great Yokozuna himself.

Copyright: ©Marcin Klocek / TRAVELLER, Poland, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Animal Behaviour 02

Photographer Name: Kimmo Metsaranta

Year: 2015

Series Name: Animal Behaviour

Series Description: In the series I have constructed still live images using cats. Animals have their own will and they will not pose at the behest of the photographer.

Copyright: ©Kimmo Metsaranta, Finland, Shortlist, Still Life, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: One hundred and forty centimetres, 1

Photographer Name: Sabine Lewandowski

Year: 2015

Series Name: One hundred and forty centimetres

Series Description: 1 in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in new-borns. Specialists call it trisomy 21. Down syndrome is not a disease - it is not curable. People with Down syndrome have often physical and mental impairments that make them different from others. Since 2012 it has been possible to determine by means of non-invasive tests before birth whether a child will have Down's syndrome, as necessary, initiate an abortion. The photo series "one hundred and forty centimetres" raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of "living with impairment," and the technical possibilities to determine this even before birth.

Copyright: ©Sabine Lewandowski, Germany, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Swedish dads, 2

Photographer Name: Johan Bavman

Year: 2015

Image Description: Ola Larsson, 41 years old, Purchaser. On leave with his son Gustav, for eight months. "It is important that everybody is free to choose to take time off for parental leave or not. It is the culture that needs to change on a grand scale and more male role models must be promoted. The State needs to become better at providing information regarding the advantages that parental leave gives both parents. I had to dry many tears after I left my son in day care for the first time. It is a true gift to be allowed to create such strong emotional ties to your child that you can thanks to the Swedish parental leave system. You almost have to experience parental leave to understand what you lose before you decide to work instead." 

Series Name: Swedish dads

Series Description: No other country provides such generous terms of parental leave as Sweden.  The current system allows parents to stay at home with their child during 480 days in total while receiving an allowance from the State. Out of these 480 days, sixty must be taken by the father or else are lost. Legislation is underway to reserve another thirty days for paternity leave. 

The purpose of this allocation is to improve gender equality. In order to promote a more equal sharing of parental leave between men and women, a so called equality bonus has also been introduced.  The more days that are shared between parents, the higher the bonus. A couple may receive up to 1 500 euro in bonus. 

In spite of the generous allowance and bonus unique in their kind,only a fraction of Sweden's dads use all their sixty days of parental leave. 

Even fewer parents choose to share the days equally between mother and father. 

Copyright: ©Johan Bavman, Sweden, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Faces 02

Photographer Name: Farid Sani

Year: 2015

Series Name: Faces

Series Description: This series is comparing faces and colors of four different cities which is describing culture of the people are living there. Each Image is a puzzle from different doors in each city. First Image : Venice, Second : Tehran, Third : Spandau, Forth : Berlin

Copyright: ©Farid Sani, Iran, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Ganges, Death of a River, 2

Photographer Name: Giulio di Sturco

Year: 2015

Image Description: Hindu devotees' Along the banks of the river Ganges, get ready to soak in the water of the sacred river, India 2008.

These images were made over the past five years, they document the changes the river Ganges is going through.The natural and industrial destruction along its banks, some intentional some accidental.

Series Name: Ganges, Death of a River

Series Description: The Ganges is a prime example of the unresolved contradiction between man and the environment. The Ganges is a river intimately connected with every aspect of Indian life. It is a source of water, energy and livelihood for millions of people who live along the banks of this river and thanks to the fertile land, it provides food to more than one-third of the Indian population. It's ecosystem also includes one of the most numerous and varied animal and plant species. Despite this, today it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world because of toxic waste factories dump in its water every day, damaging human health and the environment that surrounds it. What will happen tomorrow? Is the Ganges destined to die under the blows of humanity, or can we hope for change?

Copyright: ©Giulio di Sturco / Reportage by Getty, Italy, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: First Sight 2

Photographer Name: Brent Stirton

Year: 2015

Series Name: First Sight

Series Description: WEST BENGAL, INDIA 21 OCTOBER 2013: Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, are born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. They must accompany their parents everywhere as they cannot be left alone without risk. The surgery to cure this is simple and takes 15 minutes but because of the level of poverty in this family they have been unable to pursue the necessary operation. India has more than 12 million blind, the majority of which suffer from cataract blindness. Poverty is the main reason these millions of people are trapped in this condition. Donor funding has recently enabled both sisters to finally go for this operation. This essay is an attempt to tell the story of their lives before surgery, during the operation to regain their sight and after as they begin to discover light.

Copyright: ©Brent Stirton, South Africa, Shortlist, Contemporary Issues, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity 1

Photographer Name: Lisa Krantz

Year: 2015

Image Description: At almost 600 pounds, Hector Garcia Jr. finds simple daily tasks like bathing a challenge. He struggled to walk across the hall from his bedroom to the bathroom so that his mother, Elena, could wash him after having cut his hair in November 2010. A month before, Hector started dieting after he realized he was close to his highest known weight, 636 pounds. 

Series Name: A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity

Series Description: For years, Hector Garcia Jr. battled severe obesity and all its consequences: the pain, the ridicule and the lost hopes. After years of repeatedly gaining and losing hundreds of pounds, Garcia, who at one point weighed 636 pounds, once again was stuck in the back bedroom of his parents' modest house, in San Antonio, Texas. His weight put him in a category known as severely obese, which makes up about 6.3% of the U.S. population. The rate of severe obesity is growing faster than the rate of people who are merely overweight. Neither the state nor local health agencies track the percentage of people with severe obesity, which is more dangerous than lesser degrees of obesity because it raises the likelihood of dying prematurely - one recent study suggests 14 years early - from heart disease, cancer and diabetes. An untold number of people with severe obesity live in isolation like Garcia, unable to find or access the medical and psychological help they need to combat its pervasive effects.

Copyright: ©Lisa Krantz, United States, Shortlisted, Contemporary Issues, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Tooting Bec Lido, London

Photographer Name: Jonathan Syer

Year: 2015

Series Name: Lidos Of England: Lost & Found

Series Description: Lidos were perhaps at their most popular between the wars when people took their holidays here in England. Many of them were built in the 1930s or earlier and were naturally located on the English south coast, which was a favoured holiday destination for those living in London and the home counties. However there were many that were built in towns and cities to cope with the demand that once was and many of these remain. However, when the affordability of overseas holidays started to emerge in the 1960s many of these lidos fell into decline and have never recovered. Some have survived and have benefitted from investment and so have taken on a new lease of life as popularity has started increasing again. Most have been left to decay or lost under modern developments, such as Ramsgate's once booming pool which is now under a car park. The ones remaining are desperately clinging on while campaigns are fought to save them from disappearing completely, relics of a lost golden age.

Copyright: ©Jonathan Syer, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: futuristic archaeology 03

Photographer Name: Daesung Lee

Year: 2015

Series Name: Futuristic Archaeology

Series Description: Still 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and depend on their land for survival. This is increasingly difficult due to serious changes: 25% of the Mongolianland has turned into desert in the past 30 years. Potentially 75 % of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification. These environmental changes directly threaten the Mongolian nomadic way of life, which has been passed from generation to generation. This project attempts at recreating the museum diorama with actual people and their livestock in a real place where decertifying in Mongolia. It is based on an imagination that these people try to go into museum diorama for survival in the future. This is accomplished with printed images on a billboard placed in conjunction with the actual landscape horizon. I hope to accomplish a sense that the lives of these nomadic people occur between this reality and a virtual space of a museum. Mongolian traditional nomadic lifestyle might be existed only in museum in the future.

Copyright: ©Deasung Lee, Republic of Korea, Shortlist, Conceptual, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Image Name: Maurice and Lisa

Photographer Name: Liza Van der Stock

Year: 2015

Image Description: Maurice and Lisa shooting a scene

Series Name: Paradi$e Lu$t

Series Description: In a Flemish village, surrounded by nature, Laura and Maurice live together with their daughter Eva. In the garden, Eva plays with her dog or meets with her classmates. Friends and family come along and fill the house with activity. But when Eva is at school, Maurice and Laura shoot what most people prefer to keep to themselves. The porn they make is not populated by Barbies or muscled superheroes. Ordinary women play with men who are also dad or neighbour. A humanity that not only exists in the porn they make, but also emerges behind the scenes and in their family life. In recent years, Laura has built strong bonds with a number of like-minded people: every one of them confident women who have consciously chosen this lifestyle and only depend on themselves with respect to their work. On a regular basis, they go to erotic fairs, rendez-vous evenings or an erotic night club: to make money or to have fun - or both.

Copyright: ©Liza Van der Stock, Belgium, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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The shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, held annually by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), was announced this week. WPO and Sony have paired up for this competition for the past eight years, and this year saw a record number of applicants, with entries coming from 171 different countries.

In total, 173,444 photos were submitted and viewed by a panel of prestigious judges.

Click through the gallery above to see a sampling of some of this year's best photography, as determined by WPO's judges. If you'd like to see more, head over to WPO's website to see the full list.

The competition's overall winners will be announced on April 23rd.

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