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You Really Need To See These Breathtaking Photos From 2017 Sony World Photography

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It’s that time of the year again when Sony announces the shortlist of the best photos competing in the biggest photography contest in the world. As always, these include best shots not only by professionals but by amateur photographers as well.

It’s the tenth Sony World Photography Awards and this year it managed to outpace the record-breaking last year’s event and gathered photographers from 49 countries; with the shortlist being drawn from 227,596 images, entered from 183 countries, including – for the first time – Armenia, Cuba, Iceland, and Saudi Arabia.

#1 Masayasu Sakuma, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)
Masayasu Sakuma, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Diamond-Dust. This picture was taken in February in Nagano-ken at an altitude of about 1,700 meters. In Japan, February is the coldest season in a year. Diamond dust can be seen only a few times during cold season. So, it took four years to make this work since I started taking diamond dust. Orange circle is diamond dust. Diamond dust usually looks white, but it turns into orange just for… Read More

#2 Barry Tweed-Rycroft, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

Barry Tweed-Rycroft, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Architecture)

#3 Rob Wilson, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

Rob Wilson, Canada (Open Competition, Travel)

#4 Francesco Russo, Italy (Open Competition, Nature)

Francesco Russo, Italy (Open Competition, Nature)

#5 Andreas Hemb, Sweden (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Andreas Hemb, Sweden (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#6 Zhu Jianxing, China (Open Competition, Travel)
Zhu Jianxing, China (Open Competition, Travel)

#7 Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)
Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

#8 Meniconzi Alessandra, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Meniconzi Alessandra, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#9 Luo Pin Xi, China (Professional, Sport)
Luo Pin Xi, China (Professional, Sport)

#10 Lars Sivars, Sweden (Open Competition, Architecture)
Lars Sivars, Sweden (Open Competition, Architecture)

#11 Nigel Hodson, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Nigel Hodson, United Kingdom (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#12 Eugene Kitsios, Netherelands (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Eugene Kitsios, Netherelands (Open Competition, Wildlife)
#13 Dina Alfasi, Israel (Open Competition, Street Photography)
Dina Alfasi, Israel (Open Competition, Street Photography)

#14 Maximilian Conrad, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)
Maximilian Conrad, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

#15 Alexander Vinogradov, Russia (open Competition, Portraits)
Alexander Vinogradov, Russia (open Competition, Portraits)

#16 Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#17 Stacy Anguiano Cain, United States (Open Competition, Motion)
Stacy Anguiano Cain, United States (Open Competition, Motion)

#18 Hiroshi Tanita, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)
Hiroshi Tanita, Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

#19 By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)
By Ami Vitale, United States (Natural World, Professional)
#20 Tom Jacobi, Germany (Professional, Landscape)
Tom Jacobi, Germany (Professional, Landscape)

#21 Fan Chen, China (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Fan Chen, China (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#22 Sorin Rechitan, Romania (Open Competition, Nature)
Sorin Rechitan, Romania (Open Competition, Nature)

#23 Achim Thomae, Germany (Open Competition, Travel)
Achim Thomae, Germany (Open Competition, Travel)

#24 George Mayer, Russia (Professional, Portraiture)
George Mayer, Russia (Professional, Portraiture)

#25 Pier Mane, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)
Pier Mane, Italy (Open Competition, Culture)

#26 Oktay Subasi, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)
Oktay Subasi, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

#27 Lester Koh Meng Hua, Singapore (Open Competition, Architecture)
Lester Koh Meng Hua, Singapore (Open Competition, Architecture)

#28 Johnny Krüger, Germany (Open Competition, Wildlife)
Johnny Krüger, Germany (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#29 Jianguo Gong, China (Open Competition, Culture)

Jianguo Gong, China (Open Competition, Culture)
#30 Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

Luo Pin Xi, China, (Professional, Sport)

#31 Gül Yıldız, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

Gül Yıldız, Turkey (Open Competition, Motion)

#32 Christina Roemmelt, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Christina Roemmelt, Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

#33 Frederik Buyckx, Belgium (Professional, Landscape)

Frederik Buyckx, Belgium (Professional, Landscape)

#34 Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)

Christian Vizl, Mexico (Professional, Natural World)
#35 Fanjing Lu, China (Open Competition, Travel)

Fanjing Lu, China (Open Competition, Travel)

#36 Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania (Open Competition, Portraits)

Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania (Open Competition, Portraits)

#37 Jan Ryser, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Jan Ryser, Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

#38 Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdm (Professional, Natural World)

Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdm (Professional, Natural World)
#39 Alessandro Piredda, Italy (Professional, Architecture)

Alessandro Piredda, Italy (Professional, Architecture)

#40 Tavepong Pratoomwong, Thailand (Open Competition, Street Photography)

Tavepong Pratoomwong, Thailand (Open Competition, Street Photography)

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