16 Stunning Entries in 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

There’s only one month left for photographers to enter the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the biggest and best photography competitions around today. The Open Competition offers 10 diverse categories ranging from Architecture and Arts and Culture to Nature and Wildlife.



“Hindu devotees throw vivid color at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers.” Photo by Ioulia Chvetsova, France

Orangutan in The Rain


“I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment. Image location: Bali, Indonesia” Photo by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia”


Timeless Affection


Photo by Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia

Dog Fight


Photo by Cioplea Vlad, Romania

Desert Dawn


Photo by Gareth Lowndes, New Zealand



Photo by Kyle Breckenridge, Canada

In a Crowd of King Penguins


“King Penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence. They are very beautiful, gracious and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe. This image aims to capture and reflect how gracious and colorful wildlife can be even at the ends of the Earth.” Photo by Lisa Vaz, Portugal

The Morning Ritual


“A man washes his feet before bathing in the early morning in the Hooghly River, part of the holy Ganges River in Kolkata, India.” Photo by Nick Ng, Malaysia



Photo by Cor Boers, Netherlands

Vigorous Touch of the Morning


“A Hindu monk is walking in a foggy winter morning of a mango garden of Dinajpur.” Photo by Jubair Bin Iqbal, Bangladesh

Step By Step


“A staircase in Berlin, reduced to the essential.” Photo by Ralf Wendrich, Germany

Morning Hour


“A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only look fascinated.” Photo by Georg May, Germany

Hamer Man


“A Hamer man collecting wood to build a defensive fence for the cattle in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.” Photo by Diego Arroyo Méndez, Spain

Times Are Hard For Dreamers


Woman suspended in a mass of feathers.” Photo by Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia

The Trace of an Ancient Glacier


“Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley. What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in Autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable.” Photo by Miquel Ángel Artús Illana, Spain



“So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo. But when it is covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it is finally uncovered.” Photo by Courtney Colantonio-Ray, USA