CULTURE & ARTS
12/26/2014 11:42 am ET Updated Dec 28, 2014

15 More Gorgeous Entries In This Year's World Photography Awards

For the past several months, photographers around the world have been submitting works to the annual Sony World Photography Awards, a competition that attracts amateur and professional image makers from nearly every corner of the globe vying for online prestige.

As we've outlined before, photographers compete across several contests -- professional, open, and youth, entering images in categories like travel, arts and culture, nature and wildlife, architecture, people and "split second." So far, the 2015 edition has seen aerial impossibilities from Romania, perfectly framed animals in Indonesia, manmade abstracts in the Netherlands and frozen landscapes in Russia. The photos are a wild nod to the diversity of life on planet Earth, celebrating moments that often span just the time it takes to close a shutter.

As we near the end of the 2014-2015 awards season (the open and youth portions will stop accepting submissions on January 5, the professional on January 8), we have one last batch of stunning photos in the running. While we wait to hear of the winners, check out some of our favorites -- that have yet to surface on the Internet -- below.

  • Dainan Zhou, China
    (c) Dainan Zhou, China, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Dainan Zhou, China, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Manny Fajutag, Philippines
    (c) Manny Fajutag, Philippines, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Manny Fajutag, Philippines, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Senthilkumar Kandhakrishnan, India
    (c) Senthilkumar Kandhakrishnan, India, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Senthilkumar Kandhakrishnan, India, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Simon Morris, UK
    (c) Simon Morris, UK, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Simon Morris, UK, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • André Farinha, Portugal
    (c) André Farinha, Portugal, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) André Farinha, Portugal, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Zikri Teo, Australia
    (c) Zikri Teo, Australia, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Zikri Teo, Australia, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Neil Herbert, UK
    (c) Neil Herbert, UK, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Neil Herbert, UK, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Christopher Roche, Ireland
    (c) Christopher Roche, Ireland, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Christopher Roche, Ireland, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Vicente Moraga Costoso, Spain
    (c) Vicente Moraga Costoso, Spain, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Vicente Moraga Costoso, Spain, Entry, Open Compeition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Ho Doan Viet Thong, Vietnam
    (c) Ho Doan Viet Thong, Vietnam, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Ho Doan Viet Thong, Vietnam, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Jaco Marx, South Africa
    (c) Jaco Marx, South Africa, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Jaco Marx, South Africa, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Scott Pattenden, UK
    (c) Scott Pattenden, UK, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Scott Pattenden, UK, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • James Moh Heng Hai, Malaysia
    (c) James Moh Heng Hai, Malaysia, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography awards
    (c) James Moh Heng Hai, Malaysia, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography awards
  • Jiří Míchal, Czech Republic
    (c) Jiří Míchal, Czech Republic, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Jiří Míchal, Czech Republic, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Australia
    (c) Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Australia, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
    (c) Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Australia, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

See a larger selection of the images we've covered this season below.

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