Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2012, by Ng Chai Hock.
Picture: Ng Chai Hock, Singapore, Shortlist, Arts and Culture, Open competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Beneath the Horizon by Nathan Wills, who explains: The calm of both human and animal. The things we miss as we are preparing. My partner was getting her flippers on and I was already prepared and ready to get in so I swam out to see if I could get this shot, I could have never imagined that in a million years I would have a turtle just cruising by at the moment I stuck my head under. How blessed.
Picture: Nathan Wills, Australia, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Personality and society, Reality vs illusions by Ilya Pitalev. Photos taken during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang in April 2012.
Picture: Ilya Pitalev, Russia, finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Shirley & Cindy on the morning of Terry's Christening, by Paul Wenham-Clarke, from the series The Urban Gypsies The girls, who are aged 10, are holding Terry on his christening day in their home under the Westway A40 London. The home is below an elevated motorway that links to the centre of the city.
Picture: Paul Wenham-Clarke, United Kingdom, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2013
Fish out of Water by Ryan Pierse.
The Australian Mens Olympic Waterpolo Team are photographed in an empty Bondi Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach.
Picture: Ryan Pierse, Australia, Finalist, Sport, Professional competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards / Getty Images
Middlearth by Pawel Uchorczak. A view from Sczeliniec to Owls Mountains and Klodzko valley.
Picture: Pawel Uchorczak, Poland, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Project: Honkey Kong - a 2d platform game tribute by Christian Aslund. Shot on location in Hong Kong. Images were shot from skyscrapers toward the ground, using a telephoto lens to make the image as flat as possible to make it look like a platform game.
Picture: Christian Aslund, Sweden, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Machine Gun Americana, a series by Pete Muller. Story Rush, a kindergarten teacher from Greenwood, AK, fires an M1919 Browning .30 caliber machine gun on the first night of the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show. It is such an adrenaline rush - she explained after stepping back from the weapon.
Picture: Pete Muller, United States, Finalist, People, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Four More Years: The 2013 Barack Obama Campaign, a series by Scout Tufankjian
Picture: Scout Tufankjian, United States, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition, 2013
Underground Stockholm by Torsten Muehlbacher
Picture: Torsten Muehlbacher, Austria, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Niger Delta: The Water of My Land, a series by Samuel James. A child waits to unload drums of diesel at a jetty in the Niger Delta where illicitly refined fuel is sold on the black market to local filling stations. In many riverine communities throughout the Delta, the entire local economy revolves around the illicit diesel trade, and young children often work at the unloading docks rather than going to school.
Picture: Samuel James, USA, Finalist, Contemporary Issues, Professional Competition 2013
A man is arrested by the police in Rochester, NY, after having assaulted his father with a samurai sword, from a series by Paolo Pellegrin. The area of Rochester where these pictures have been taken is part of the so called 'Crescent', a moon shaped area that runs across several Rochester neighbourhoods and where crime rates are significantly higher than the rest of the city. The Crescent is home to 27 percent of the city's residents and 80 percent of the city's homicides.
Picture: Paolo Pellegrin, Italy, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competiiton 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Dona Maria Making Art by Paulo Mittelman, who explains: This lady makes small handcrafted objects at Paraty, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The smile of pleasure and a certain shyness that she expressed doing this little straw chicken caught my attention.
Picture: Paulo Mittelman, Brazil, Shortlist, Smile, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Shy by Sandipan Mukherjee. A little girl in Turtuk Village, Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India.
Picture: Sandipan Mukherjee, India, Shortlist, Smile, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The Victory Day by Agnieszka Rayss. Women veterans of the Second World War in Belarus. They are almost 90. The war started for them in 1941 when they were 16-18. They were born in all parts of the Soviet Union. As a result of the fall of Soviet Union they are all Belarussians now. Belarussian propaganda uses them as an example of good patriots and citizens.
Picture: Agnieszka Rayss, Poland, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
A Journey by Agurtxane Concellon. A group of 20-30 men and women with 12 horses and sleighs travel during three days, crossing snowed roads and iced lakes, to reach the opening day of a winter fair in Norway.
Picture: Agurtxane Concellon, Norway, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013
Cities from a taxi, a series by Daniel Duart. A girl walks home after school in Marrakesh, Morocco, seen from the inside of a taxi.
Picture: Daniel Duart, Spain, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Mirella by Fausto Podavini. A series documenting how people affected with dementia, their families and friends are affected on personal, emotional, financial and social levels.
Picture: Fausto Podavini, Italy, Finalist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Running for Life by Frederick van Heerden. 14 giraffes flee after spotting lions in hunting mode.
Picture: Frederick van Heerden, South Africa, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Don't Leave Me Alone by Hoang Hiep Nguyen
Picture: Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
White-handed Tree Frog by Hudson Garcia, who explains: For these images I used a high-speed laser sensor positioned immediately in front of the plant where the tree frogs were.
Picture: Hudson Garcia, Brazil, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards
Aleppo; Descending to Hell, a series by Manuel Brabo. FSA soldiers help a severely wounded mate shot by a Syrian Army sniper in Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria.
Picture: Manuel Brabo, Spain, Finalist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards / AP
Israel - Gaza War, a series by Oliver Weiken
Picture: Oliver Weiken, Germany, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2013
Action Inside by Markus Reugels, who explains: All my high speed pictures are single shots without any Photoshop manipulation. I only adjust the levels of contrast. Some little sprinkles are cleaned with PS. That's all the processing.
Picture: Markus Reugels, Germany, Shortlist Split Second Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Sunset Clouds #1 (From the Portfolio A Portrait of the Matterhorn) by Nenad Saljic
Picture: Nenad Saljic, Croatia, Finalist, Landscape, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Quiver Trees by Night by Florian Breuer. The southern winter sky shows off its best in this 240 degree view of the Milky Way behind the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Both Magellanic clouds are visible on the left, while the central bulge of our own galaxy contrasts with the warm glow of light pollution from the nearby town.
Picture: Florian Breuer, South Africa, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Starry Tree by Elmar Akhmetov. The Milky Way, looking like a giant tree atop of the mountain near Ush Konyr plateau
Picture: Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Ways in the Sky by Jose Ramon Moreno. Branches aligned in a forest of poplars.
Picture: Jose Ramon Moreno, Spain, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Of the Tiger and Turtle by Peter Mysticdidge Plorin. A work of art on an industrial landmark. In the background you can see a steel mill.
Picture: Peter Mysticdidge Plorin, Germany, Shortlist, Architecture, Open 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Dubai Aerials by Johannes Heuckeroth
Picture: Johannes Heuckeroth, Germany, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Scenes from a monastery in Myanmar, by Kelly Hesburn
Picture: Kelly Hesburn, USA, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Portraits of Ethnic Minorities in Western China by Li Fan
Picture: Li Fan, China, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2013
Six Degrees of Copenhagen by Jens Juul. This series of photos depicts human connections through the city of Copenhagen. The set up is that Jens Juul portrays random people that he engage with in the streets, and that these chance meetings end up with him taking highly personal photos of these people, who then each send Jens Juul on to another person in their network, who he can portray, who then gives him the name of another person...
Picture: Jens Juul, Denmark, Finalist, Portraiture, Professional, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Big Top Pageant by Lisa Wiltse. Mary Brunner, age 8, being crowned as the Ultimate Glitz winner at the Under the Big Top Pageant at the Holiday Inn in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on August 12, 2012. Mary has been competing in pageants since she was five. This was her 57th crowning.
Picture: Lisa Wiltse, United States, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2013
The Limousine by Myriam Meloni. The twins Laura and Belén on the day of their fifteenth birthday celebration. In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity.
Picture: Myriam Meloni, Italy, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The Walk by Enerst Goh, from the series 'Cocks!'
Ornamental chicken breeding clubs have emerged in Indonesia, Thailand, North America and even European countries such as the UK and France. The walk or strut by an ornamental chicken in a beauty contest, much like a runway model, constitutes a large part of the scoring system.
Picture: Ernest Goh, Singapore, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The World Photography Organisation has revealed the shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. The work of all the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. The Open and Youth category winners will be announced on 19 March. Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 25 April. The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 and the Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000. See
www.worldphoto.org for more info.