CULTURE & ARTS
03/30/2017 04:52 pm ET

22 Stunning Photos From The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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Khalid Alsabat/Sony World Photography Awards

Some of the world’s best contemporary photographs have been revealed.

Over the last few months, photographers from across the globe submitted 105,000 entries to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards’ “open” competition, spanning 10 different categories including “wildlife,” “portrait” and “street photography.”

On March 28, Sony announced its 10 winners — and their work is striking.

Each winner received a Sony α7 II with lens kit and will go on to compete for the title of 2017 Sony World Photography Awards’ Open Photographer of the Year, which will be announced on April 20.

Below are the 10 winners’ photos and a few of the competition’s finalists that were too stunning not to include:

  • Category: Motion
    <strong>Winner:&nbsp;Camilo Diaz from Colombia<br></strong>The photographer captured a crucial goal-scoring moment in an unde
    Camilo Diaz/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Camilo Diaz from Colombia
    The photographer captured a crucial goal-scoring moment in an underwater rugby match.
  • Category: Architecture
    <strong>Winner: Tim Cornbill&nbsp;from United Kingdom<br></strong>The photo features architecture in Berlin.
    Tim Cornbill/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Tim Cornbill from United Kingdom
    The photo features architecture in Berlin.
  • Category: Wildlife
    <strong>Winner: Alessandra Meniconzi from Switzerland<br></strong>A&nbsp;stunning wildlife shot of flamingos in Walvis Bay, N
    Alessandra Meniconzi/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Alessandra Meniconzi from Switzerland
    A stunning wildlife shot of flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
  • Category: Nature
    <strong>Winner: Hiroshi Tanita&nbsp;from Japan</strong><br>Tanita caught the ice blue and white of winter.
    Hiroshi Tanita/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Hiroshi Tanita from Japan
    Tanita caught the ice blue and white of winter.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Jelena Janković from Serbia.
    Jelena Janković/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Jelena Janković from Serbia.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Lester Koh Meng Hua from&nbsp;Singapore.
    Lester Koh Meng Hua/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Lester Koh Meng Hua from Singapore.
  • Category: Portraits
    <strong>Winner: Alexander Vinogradov from Russian Federation<br></strong>A simple portrait of a young girl.
    Alexander Vinogradov/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Alexander Vinogradov from Russian Federation
    A simple portrait of a young girl.
  • Category: Street Photography
    <strong>Winner: Constantinos Sofikitis from Greece</strong><br>A black and white shot of some creepiness on the street.
    Constantinos Sofikitis/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Constantinos Sofikitis from Greece
    A black and white shot of some creepiness on the street.
  • Category: Enhanced
    <strong>Winner: Lise Johansson from Denmark<br></strong>The artist uses a subtle palette of color,&nbsp;
    Lise Johansson/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Lise Johansson from Denmark
    The artist uses a subtle palette of color, 
  • Category: Culture
    <strong>Winner: Jianguo Gong from China</strong><br>Scale is used to stunning effect to capture more than 1300 people practic
    Jianguo Gong/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Jianguo Gong from China
    Scale is used to stunning effect to capture more than 1300 people practicing Tai-Chi in China.
  • Category: Still Life
    <strong>Winner: Sergey Dibtsev from Russian Federation<br></strong>A surreal still life.
    Sergey Dibtsev/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Sergey Dibtsev from Russian Federation
    A surreal still life.
  • Category: Travel
    <strong>Winner: Ralph Gr&auml;f from Germany<br></strong>A gorgeous yet understated color palette helped this photo win.
    Ralph Gräf/Sony World Photography Awards
    Winner: Ralph Gräf from Germany
    A gorgeous yet understated color palette helped this photo win.
  • Finalist
    Photo by&nbsp;Zarni Myo Win from Myanmar.
    Zarni Myo Win/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Zarni Myo Win from Myanmar.
  • Finalist
    Photo by John Tao from Taiwan.
    John Tao/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by John Tao from Taiwan.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Hendrik M&auml;ndla from Estonia.
    Hendrik Mändla/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Hendrik Mändla from Estonia.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Jonatan Banista from Panama.
    Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Jonatan Banista from Panama.
  • Finalist
    Photo by&nbsp;Mustafa Jindi from&nbsp;United Arab Emirates.
    Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Mustafa Jindi from United Arab Emirates.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Homare Hamada from Japan.
    Homare Hamada/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Homare Hamada from Japan.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Kala Madriz from&nbsp;Venezuela.
    Kala Madriz/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Kala Madriz from Venezuela.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Mohammad Amir Hamja from&nbsp;Bangladesh.
    Mohammad Amir Hamja/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Mohammad Amir Hamja from Bangladesh.
  • Finalist
    Photo by Khalid Alsabat from Saudi Arabia.
    Khalid Alsabat/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Khalid Alsabat from Saudi Arabia.
  • Finalist
    Photo by&nbsp;Ale&scaron; Krivec from&nbsp;Slovenia.
    Aleš Krivec/Sony World Photography Awards
    Photo by Aleš Krivec from Slovenia.

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