35 Of The Best Shortlisted Photos In The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

02/24/2015 03:47 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards started accepting entries last year, ushering in a months-long competition poised to unearth the best emerging and professional photographers around the globe. We've been following the contest since last September, showcasing the best entries submitted in categories like travel, arts and culture, landscape, nature and wildlife, architecture, people and contemporary issues. After weeks of poring over the professional and amateur shots, we're pleased to finally present the shortlist of winners for this year's awards season.

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The annual Sony World Photography Awards, which dates back to 2007, has seen over 700,000 submissions in its lifetime, reaching artists in over 230 different countries. The 2015 edition alone attracted 173,000 entries from 171 countries. Its aim, firmly stated on the World Photography website, is "to recognize and reward the best contemporary photography in the world." Winners of the contest are eligible for a $30,000 cash prize, digital imaging equipment and the chance to exhibit in touring shows in London and beyond.

While we still have to wait until April 23 to see the final list of winners, we have a preview of the 2015 shortlist below. Take a peek at the incredible selections and head over to the Professional, Open and Youth shortlist pages to see more.

  • Indonesia, Nature and Wildlife (Open)
    Harfian Herdi / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Harfian Herdi
  • Poland, Sports
    Marcin Klocck / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Marcin Klocck
  • United Kingdom, People (Open)
    Simon Morris / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Simon Morris
  • Israel, Arts and Culture (Professional)
    Gilli Yaari / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Gilli Yaari
  • Russia, Landscape (Professional)
    Danila Tkachenko / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Danila Tkachenko
  • United States, Contemporary Issues (Professional)
    Lisa Kranttz / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Lisa Kranttz
  • Australia, Architecture (Open)
    Gina Alderson-Hicks / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Gina Alderson-Hicks
  • France, Portraiture
    Christian Berthelot / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Christian Berthelot
  • Australia, Nature and Wildlife (Open)
    Melissa Little / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Melissa Little
  • Finland, Still Life
    Kimmo Metsaranta / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Kimmo Metsaranta
  • Indonesia, Arts and Culture (Open)
    Aprison Aprison / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Aprison Aprison
  • United Kingdom, Landscape (Professional)
    Simon Butterworth / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Simon Butterworth
  • Israel, Portrait (Youth)
    Adi Dekel / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Adi Dekel
  • Iran, People (Open)
    Saeed Barikani/ 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Saeed Barikani
  • South Africa, Contemporary Issues (Professional)
    Brent Stirton / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Brent Stirton
  • Poland, Arts and Culture (Open)
    Adrian Jaszczak / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Adrian Jaszcak
  • United Kingdom, Life (Professional)
    Julia Fullerton Batten / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Julia Fullerton Batten
  • Germany, Architecture (Open)
    JÅrgen Schrepfer / / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Jargen Schrepfer
  • France, Conceptual (Professional)
    Daesung Lee / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Daesung Lee
  • Singapore, Youth Culture
    David Pereira / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • David Pereira
  • United Kingdom, Portraiture
    Dougie Wallace / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Dougie Wallace
  • Iran, Travel
    Farid Sani / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Farid Sani
  • Italy, Landscape (Professional)
    Giulio di Sturco / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Giulio di Sturco
  • Denmark, Portraiture
    Jens Juul / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Jens Juul
  • Sweden, People
    Johan Bavman / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Johan Bavman
  • United Kingdom, Campaign (Professional)
    Jonathan Syer / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Jonathan Syer
  • Singapore, Sports
    Jonthan Yeap Chin Tiong / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong
  • Kenya, Smile (Open)
    Joseph Makeni / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Joseph Makeni
  • Belgium, People
    Liza Van der Stock / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Liza Van der Stock
  • Italy, Architecture (Professional)
    Massimo Siragusa / 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Massimo Siragusa
    Ramil Gilvanov
    Sabine Lewandowski
    Sascha Fromm
    Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson
    Vladsylav Musiienko


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