The Sony World Photography Awards are one of the biggest photography contests that take place every year. It allows entries from all over the world in various categories and is one of the most prestigious awards that photographers all over the world aspire to win. And as is obvious, this contest sees a lot of competition flowing in from all over the world. The photographs that are submitted for this contest boast of skilful photography and masterful editing. Each photo is mindblowing, and the judges of the awards are burdened with the impossible-like task of choosing the best photographs from the pool of equally awesome photos.
To a layman's eyes, all the photos that enter the competition might look like they all deserve to win. And that's what differentiates laymen from professionals. The professionals who build up the judges' panel scout for the best images- the ones that have the edge over the others that were submitted for the competition. And this year's awards' list has been created by a similar process, and the shortlisted photographs are worth drooling over.
Check them out.
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This photo was taken in Nagano-ken, Japan, at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. The photo captures the diamond-dust which can be seen on a few occasions only during the cold season.
The photo features a girl sitting in a shelter made from an old, broken-down car, in front of an abandoned building in Gyumri, Armenia.
The photo features family doctor Floare Ciupitu visiting a house in the village of Gangiova in south-west Romania.
The photo captures the moment when an infant is baptised according to the Orthodox rite in a church in Tbilisi, Georgia.
This was pictured in Iran.
This absolutely stunning photograph was taken at the Zimanga game reserve in South Africa.
This photo belongs to the series Racism in India: 'The African Portraits'.
The photographer captures the 85-year-old Carmen Sajeras while a photograph of her younger times hangs on the wall behind her.
This photograph was taken with the help of a drone, and it captures a beautiful scenery, with a lady in red lying in the middle of it.
The reflection of the street on a glass window beautifully blends with the sight of the person sitting on the other side of the window, and the photographer skillfully captures this moment of subtle blending.