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    These Are The Compelling Images That Won The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

    Judges sifted through 230,103 submissions. Warning: contains some graphic images.

    The winners of the world’s largest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, have been announced at an awards ceremony in London. The winning photographers were named in 17 categories, including Open, Youth, Student, and Professional.

    The ninth edition of the awards saw 230,103 submissions, the most photo submissions entered to date. Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh won the most coveted prize, the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year, and was presented with prize money of $25,000. Khamseh's portrait series "Fire of Hatred" gave victims of acid attacks a platform on which to speak out.

    L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year – "Fire of Hatred", by Asghar Khamseh, from Iran

    Asghar Khamseh also won first place in the Professional Category of Contemporary Issues.

    Contemporary Issues, 2nd Place – "China's Coal Dependence A Challenge For Climate", by Kevin Frayer, from Canada

    Sport winner – "Second Best", by Nikolai Linares, from Denmark

    Sport, 2nd place – "Little fighters", by Jens Juul, from Denmark

    Landscape winner – "Land of Nothingness", by Maroesjka Lavigne, from Belgium

    Landscape, 2nd place - "Ancient Chinese villages", by Maoyuan Cui, from China

    Current Affairs winner – "In Search of the European Dream", by Angelos Tzortzinis, from Greece

    Current Affairs, 2nd place – "Sinai Park", by Andrea and Magda, from Italy and France

    Architecture winner – "Empire of dust", by Amélie Labourdette, from France

    Architecture, 2nd place – "The tang dynasty tomb three series", by Hui Zhang, from China

    Staged winner – "Iconic B", by Alberto Alicata, from Italy

    Staged 2nd place – "Picasso's Women", by Cristina Vatielli, from Italy

    Daily Life winner – "The Curse of Coal", by Espen Rasmussen, from Norway

    Daily Life, 2nd place - "Jenny's Soul", by Sandra Hoyn, from Germany

    Still Life winner – "Migrant Tomatoes", by Francesco Amorosino, from Italy

    Still Life, 2nd place - "Animals vs. Jewelry", by Oliver Schwarzwald, from Germany

    Portraiture winner – "Ebola Survivors", by Marcello Bonfanti, from Italy

    Portraiture, 2nd place – "Stateless Women", by Fauzan Ijazah, from Indonesia

    Campaign winner – "TransBrasil", by Jetmir Idrizi, from Kosovo

    Campaign, 2nd place – "Lion", by David Chancellor, from the UK

    People winner – "Nomadic Life Threatened on the Tibetan Plateau", by Kevin Frayer, from Canada

    People, 2nd place – "Made in Korea", by Filippo Venturi, from Italy

    Candid winner – "Waiting for the Candymen", by Kirstin Schmitt, form Germany

    Candid, 2nd place – "If You Don't Drink Tea, You Are Not Chinese", by Nick Ng, from Malaysia

    Environment winner – "Eagle Hunters of Western China", by Kevin Frayer, from Canada

    Environment, 2nd place - Li Feng, from China