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36 Extraordinary Pictures From The World Photography Awards 2015

This year's shortlist was selected from over 173,000 photos in 171 countries, including 13 British photographers.

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Professional and amateur photography around the world is thriving. Proof: The Sony World Photography Awards reported the highest number of submissions in the awards’ eight-year history in 2015, a 24% increase on the 2014 competition.

Take a look here at this year's Professional, Open, and Youth shortlists, which include images ranging from a newborn baby in France, to the desolation of the war in Ukraine.

Professional Competition

"35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and depend on their land for survival ... This project attempts at recreating the museum diorama with actual people and their livestock in a real place where decertifying in Mongolia." – Daesung Lee

"Everland is the largest theme park in Korea. This is the open shower in Caribbean Bay." – Julia Fullerton-Batten

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"Caesar are portraits of children ... They were all born by caesarean section and they only have a few seconds of life – all survived." – Christian Berthelot

"Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, [were] born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness." – Brent Stirton

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"At almost 600 pounds, Hector Garcia Jr finds simple daily tasks like bathing a challenge." – Lisa Krantz

"Hindu devotees' along the banks of the river Ganges get ready to soak in the water of the sacred river, India, in 2008." – Giulio di Sturco

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"Lidos were perhaps at their most popular between the wars when people took their holidays here in England. " – Jonathan Syer

"In the Ryogoku district of Tokyo [there] are many heyas (beyas); the training quarters, where sumo wrestlers train and live." – Marcin Klocek

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"London’s Kensington and Chelsea has the UK’s highest life expectancy at birth. I looked at this Glasgow community and the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants ... My intention was to juxtapose Glasgow with the setting of Kensington and Chelsea in London." – Dougie Wallace

"Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 10 February 2014." – Vladyslav Musiienko

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"The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 and 5,000ft ... The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths." – Simon Butterworth

"One in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome ... Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality in newborns." – Sabine Lewandowski

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"Italy's Ludwig Rieder prepares for the training run during the Men's Luge Doubles of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sanki Sliding Centre in Sochi, Russia." – Sascha Fromm

"Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Toldot Aharon Sect celebrate the Purim holiday in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem on 17 March 2014." – Gili Yaari

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"The project Restricted Areas is about [the] utopian strive of humans for technological progress." – Danila Tkachenko

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"Ola Larsson, 41 years old ... on leave with his son Gustav, for eight months." – Johan Bavman

"This series compares the faces and colors of four different cities which describes the culture of the people that are living there." – Farid Sani

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"The hair is an intimate part of a person ... Hair has some symbolic value: ideas of beauty, strength, eroticism, individuality, sensuality, masculinity, and femininity are closely linked to the hair." – Jens Juul

"Black and white treatment was chosen for this series of images to further enhance the body form underwater." – Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong

"Animals have their own will and they will not pose at the behest of the photographer." – Kimmo Metsaranta

"Maurice and Lisa shooting a scene ... The porn they make is not populated by Barbies or muscled superheroes." – Liza Van der Stock

Open Competition

"'Miracle Mile' is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York." – Gina Alderson-Hicks

"Bujang Ganong is a traditional attraction in Indonesia. He jumped into the circle of fire." – Aprison Aprison

"An old shepherd that had been surprised by [a] snowstorm in Gilan's countrysides in the north of Iran." – Saeed Barikani

"Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland." – Adrian Jaszczak

"These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australia and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal." – Melissa Little

"A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia." – Simon Morris

Youth Competition

"As spring draws to a close and the final gusts of the southern breeze peter out, the people of Sydney take to the beach to welcome the summer heat." – David Pereira