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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.

    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

    1. "Futuristic Archaeology", Republic of Korea, Conceptual, by Daesung Lee

    © Daesung Lee / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    2. "Couples in Shower", United Kingdom, Lifestyle, by Julia Fullerton-Batten

    © Julia Fullerton-Batten / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    3. "Caesar", France, Portraiture, by Christian Berthelot

    © Christian Berthelot / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    4. "First Sight", West Bengal, India, Contemporary Issues, by Brent Stirton

    © Brent Stirton / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    5. "A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity", United States, Contemporary Issues, by Lisa Krantz

    © Lisa Krantz / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    6. "Ganges, Death of a River", Italy, Landscape, by Giulio di Sturco

    © Giulio di Sturco / Reportage by Getty / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    7. "Tooting Bec Lido, London", United Kingdom, Campaign, by Jonathan Syer

    © Jonathan Syer / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    8. "Sweat and Blood", Poland, Sport, by Marcin Klocek

    © Marcin Klocek / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    9. "Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum 02", United Kingdom, Portraiture, by Dougie Wallace

    © Dougie Wallace / Institute / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    10. "Ukraine. Kiev. Euromaidan", Ukraine, Current Affairs, by Vladyslav Musiienko

    © Vladyslav Musiienko / UNIAN / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    11. Landscape, by Simon Butterworth

    © Simon Butterworth / 2015 Sony World Photography Award / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    12. "One Hundred and Forty Centimetres", Germany, People, by Sabine Lewandowski

    © Sabine Lewandowski / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    13. "Olympic Faces", Germany, Sport, by Sascha Fromm

    © Sascha Fromm / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    14. "Purim Holiday in Jerusalem", Israel, Arts and Culture, by Gili Yaari

    © Gili Yaari / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    15. "Restricted Areas", Russia, Landscape, by Danila Tkachenko

    © Danila Tkachenko / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    16. "Clubs in Italy", Italy, Architecture, by Massimo Siragusa

    © Massimo Siragusa / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    17. "Swedish Dads", Sweden, People, by Johan Bavman

    © Johan Bavman / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    18. "Berlin", Iran, Travel, by Farid Sani

    © Farid Sani / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    19. "Hair", Denmark, Portraiture, by Jens Juul

    © Jens Juul / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    21. "Underwater Grace", Singapore, by Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong

    © Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    22. "Animal Behaviour", Finland, Still Life, by Kimmo Metsaranta

    © Kimmo Metsaranta / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    23. "Maurice and Lisa", Belgium, People, by Liza Van der Stock

    © Liza Van der Stock / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    24. Russia, Lifestyle, by Ramil Gilvanov

    © Ramil Gilvanov / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    Open Competition

    26. "Miracle Mile", Australia, Architecture, by Gina Alderson-Hicks

    © Gina Alderson-Hicks / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    27. "Jump", Indonesia, Arts and Culture, by Aprison Aprison

    © Aprison-Aprison / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    28. "Berlin", Germany, Architecture, by Jürgen Schrepfer

    © Jürgen Schrepfer / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    29. "Old Shepherd", Iran, Smile, by Saeed Barikani

    © Saeed Barikani / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    30. "Exuberance", Austria, Smile, by Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson

    © Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    31. "Headless", Poland, Arts and Culture, by Adrian Jaszczak

    © Adrian Jaszczak / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    32. "Frog Story", Indonesia, Nature and Wildlife, by Harfian Herdi

    © Harfian Herdi / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    33. "Pelican Feeding", Australia, Nature & Wildlife, by Melissa Little

    © Melissa Little / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

    34. Kenya, Smile, by Joseph Makeni

    © Joseph Makeni / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    35. "On the Tundra", United Kingdom, Smile, by Simon Morris

    © Simon Morris / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

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

    Youth Competition

    36. Israel, Portraits, by Adi Dekel

    © Adi Dekel / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    37. "Welcoming Summer", Sydney, Australia, Culture, by David Pereira

    © David Pereira / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards / Via worldphoto.org

    "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

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