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Take a look at the most stunning pictures from this year's Sony World Photography Awards.
"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.", says Little of what inspired her to take this shot. Copyright: Melissa Little, Australia, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
"This series is comparing faces and colors of four different cities which is describing culture of the people are living there. Each Image is a puzzle from different doors in each city. First Image : Venice. Second : Tehran. Third : Spandau. Forth : Berlin" explains Sani. Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia. Copyright: Simon Morris, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
"In the series I have constructed still live images using cats. Animals have their own will and they will not pose at the behest of the photographer.", says Metsaranta Copyright: Kimmo Metsaranta, Finland, Shortlist, Still Life, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Pereira says of the image "As Spring draw 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. A national past time, you can say that it has become a part of the Australian culture. The photograph aims to capture the mood of everyone at the beach." Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
"Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Toldot Aharon Sect, celebrate the Purim holiday in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem on March 17, 2014. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from a genocide in ancient Persia.", says Yaari. Copyright: Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony
The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronised swimming team trainings in Singapore. Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
A beautiful shot of nomadic life in Mongolia. Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
A stunning image of the south London lido. Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Award.
Copyright: Adi Dekel, Israel, Shortlist, Portraits, Youth Award, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Stirton says of the shot: "Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, are born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. They must accompany their parents everywhere as they cannot be left alone without risk. The surgery to cure this is simple and takes 15 minutes but because of the level of poverty in this family they have been unable to pursue the necessary operation." Picture: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Copyright: Joseph Makeni, Kenya, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Copyright:Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova, Russia, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
"Miracle Mile is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York.", says Nero. Copyright: Gina Nero, Australia, Shortlist, Architecture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
"One of traditional attraction in Indonesia Culture called Bujang Ganong. He jumped into the circle of fire.", says Aprison. Copyright: Aprison Aprison, Indonesia, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Copyright: Massimo Siragusa, Agenzia Fotogiornalistica Contrasto Galleria del Cembalo, Italy, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Picture: 2015 Sony Photography Awards.
"Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.", says Jaszczak. Adrian Jaszczak, Poland, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
"Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine 10.02.2014", says Musiienko.
Barikani says of this stunning image: "An old shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan's countrysides in the north of Iran". Copyright: Saeed Barikani, Iran, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.