2016 Sony World Photography Awards Announces Extraordinary Shortlisted Entries

The Sony World Photography Awards have just released their stunning shortlisted entries for 2016. This year, a record breaking 230,103 images from all across the globe were submitted to the three categories of Professional, Youth and Open. The competition remains one of the most influential and respected of its kind, and with over 1 million images received since the initial launch, it has grown to be the world’s largest photography competition. This year over 270 photographers participated from nearly 60 countries, creating a diverse collection of international moments.

This year an honorary jury, made up of Dominque Green (Consultant, UK) and Sue Steward (Writer/ Curator, UK), have shortlisted some of the exceptional entries from both seasoned and emerging photographers. Overall winners are set to be announced April 21st and will then be displayed at the Somerset House, London from April 22 through May 8th, but in the meantime we have hand-picked some of our favourite images from the spectacular contenders.


Professional Shortlist, Daily Life. Running Away with the Circus by Stephanie Sinclair, US,

Running Away with the Circus


Open Shortlist, SplitSecond. Too Much Practice ….. by khairel anuar che ani, Bali

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Open Shortlist, Arts and Culture. Lightning Dream by Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Lighting Dream


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Open Shortlist, Enhanced. Dream – The Little Dancer by Mickael Szymanski, France


A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China.

Open Shortlist, Travel. Farming the Sea by Tugo Cheng, Hong Kong


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Open Shortlist, Arts and Culture. By Nader Saadallah, Egypt


Every year in the month of January few lacks of devotee come to Gangasagar fair in West Bengal. It is the 2nd largest fair of India. Captured the devotees while they worship sun just after their bath.

Open Shortlist, Travel. Gangasagar Fair by Abhijit Banerjee, India


Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia
Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia

Open Shortlist, Smile. Reindeer Farmer Kids by Peter Voss, Germany


Creation of Love

Open Shortlist, Split Second. Creation of Love by Cheung Yin Fang, Malaysia


Art in the Wild

Professional Shortlist, Environment. Art in the Wild- Respect the Tusk by Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait


Feral Children, 2015

Professional Shortlist, Staged. Feral Children by Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom


These images were created for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Adaptive Sports Program and the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.

Professional Shortlist, Campaign. RIC Hornets by Rob Gregory, United States



Professional Shortlist, Architecture. Pools by Stephan Zirwes


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Open Shortlist, People. People on mass yoga exercise in the central park of Vilnius. Open Air by Karolis Janulis



Open Shortlist, Nature and Wildlife. Dancing with Stars by Imre PotyÛ



Open Shortlist, Nature and Wildlife. Polar Bear Enjoying His Bath by Michaela ämÌdov


Land of Nothingness

Professional Shortlist, Landscapes. Land of Nothingness by Maroesjka Lavigne


Four centimeters of mightyness that moves slowly and unrelentless on a tree, while the moon rises on the background. The rhinoceros beetle is a nocturnal insect, during the day they stay safe under the cortex of the trees and with the summer they become very active flying at dusk to find a mate.

Open Shortlist, Nature and Wildlife. Blue Moon by Simona Tedesco



Professional Shortlist, Current Affairs. By Alessandro Penso

In the migratory season, there's still some people to catch the migratory birds by erecting the net in order to get a large profits although the government have prohibited to do that. Thousands of migratory birds are killed each year, and the ecological balance is destroyed deeply. Day by day, the ultimate victims will be the man himself. I wish these photos can play a role for the protection of migratory birds.

Professional Shortlist, Contemporary Issues. The Death of Migratory Birds by Yong An He


Dead End - oil exploration in the Arcti

Professional Shortlist, Campaign. Dead End – Oil Exploration in the Arctic by Christian Aslund


A worker walks through farm fields in Los Banos, California, United States, May 5, 2015. California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1BQUX

Professional Shortlist, Environment. California Drought From Above by Lucy Nicholson

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Open Shortlist, People. The secret of his eyes by Daniel Arranz Molinero

Bering sea. Commander islands. Baby fur seal
Bering sea. Commander islands. Baby fur seal

Open Shortlist, Nature and Wildlife. Sea Baby by Andrey Narchuk


The season of a firefly comes around in Japan at the beginning of a rainy season. This firefly is a species called Luciola parvula, and repeats blink. [Hime-HOTARU] Call a firefly in Japan. This species flies in the beautiful forest. In particular, the firefly in bamboo forest is valuable. The population of these firefly decreases every year in Japan. These may be influence by environmental destruction. This picture was taken under a little moonlight.

Open Shortlist, Low Light. Enchanted Bamboo Forest by Kei Nomiyana

 Split Second The diving frog by Franck Tridon

Open Shortlist, Split Second. The diving frog by Franck Tridon


Tibetan Nomadic Culture Faces Challenges On The Tibetan Plateau

Professional Shortlist, People. Nomadic Life Threatened on the Tibetan Plateau by Kevin Frayer in Yushu

Stairways from Heaven

Open Shortlist, Architecture. Stairways from Heaven by Martin Seraphin.

Also check out previous Sony World Photography Awards 2016 collection: 32 Breathtaking Images From the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards