The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are accepting entries in the professional category until January 10, 2017, but these stunning images give us a preview of what's in store for the tenth anniversary of the competition. Entries from across the globe showcase the best in worldwide photography, with a record 230,103 photographs submitted to last year's contest. There are four sections for entry—Professional, Open, Youth, and Student—which allow for a wide range of photographers to expose their talents to the international photography community.
Zelda Cheatle, a UK-based curator chairing the professional competition, shares that in judging the work, “I will be looking for originality of thought and execution, clarity of vision—a clear concept that translates well into pictures on the wall or on the screen. Simplicity, good craftsmanship and sometimes its wit, or compassion, ingenuity, luck or good judgement—but a good picture always stops you in your tracks.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 20, 2017. In addition, all winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in London from April 21 through May 7, 2017.
Above Image: Equilibrium. José María Peréz, Argentina, Entry, Open, Enhanced
The Midnight Blossom. Ellie Victoria Gale, UK, Entry, Open, Enhanced
Politechnika Warszawska. Lorenzo Linthout, Italy, Entry, Open, Architecture
Dinagyang Festival of the Philippines. Raniel Jose Castañeda, Philippines, Entry, Open, Culture
Bear Apartment Six. Alexandra Cearns, Australia, Entry, Open, Enhanced
Soar in the blue. Zuorong Li, China, Entry, Open, Motion
Paper Mill. Jassen Todorov, US, Entry, Open, Architecture
Disciplinant. ?? ?, China, Entry, Open, Culture
Manta. Daniel Hunter, UK, Entry, Open, Wildlife
The Majestic Dance. Satvik Bhatt, India, Entry, Open, Wildlife