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The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has announced the winners of its Open categories and National categories for 2017. This year’s contest attracted 227,596 entries from 183 countries.

Most intriguing are their National Awards, where the judges choose the best single photo from each of the 66 participating countries, including “Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates for the first time this year.”

Here are a few of our favorites, with insight from some of the photographers. (All Captions below come from the photographers.)

Tabular iceberg

Photographer: Josselin Cornou

Tabular iceberg :- In March 2016, I headed to the Antarctic Peninsula, as part of an expedition with explorer Robert Swan. On our way to the 66th parallel south, our boat was navigating in silence through 30 meter (100 feet) high tabular icebergs that were once part of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Those mesmerizing structures were displaying subzero icy corridors, forming a highly photogenic gargantuan maze. The scene was magnificent, but also incredibly scary. I took my camera, I had to show the world the impact that global warming has had. Equipped with a 70-200mm, I started to play with the magnificent landscape around me, trying to display the geometric magnificence of those structures. After envisioning the shot, I had to wait the right moment, and had only a few seconds to get it right.

Light from above. 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Peter Svoboda, Slovakia, 1st Place, National Awards

Light from above. The picture “Light from above” was taken in September 2016 in Santa Maddalena, Dolomiten, Italy. Beautiful light and humidity stood behind the nice play of light and shadows that morning. I was waiting as the small church was illuminated by the very first rays of Sun.

Paradise is a Library National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Luis Pina, Portugal, 2nd Place

Paradise is a Library. This photo was taken on February 28, 2016 in the Stuttgart Library, in Germany. I really like this Library because it’s like no other Library I’ve ever seen, “breaking the rules”. I actually find that this modern and ethereal look, helps one concentrate reading it’s book or studying.

EXIST. National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer Jelena Janković, Serbia, 1st Place

EXIST. The year 2016. reminds me the time in which selfie culture determines our existence if we were somewhere or doing something. The photo was taken at a concert Massive Attack in Pula/Croatia.

Cautelosa / Cautious National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer:- Jonatan Banista, Panama, 1st Place

Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one.

Mathilda 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer:-Alexander Vinogradov, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Portraits (Open)

Mathilda. Inspired by the movie Leon. Model: Anastasiya Marinina

Submerged field 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion

Submerged field. Everyday aims towards a collective goal. The Colombian national team is immersed in white, grey, and black, fighting together for the ultimate position. With accredited prestige, an invitation was sent to participate in the European Junior Championship, as a guest team. Ana Maria and her team are constantly fighting, pushing their lungs to the limit and transforming their everyday lack of resources to an idea of opportunity. The volume of water suggests a calm while the surface gives constant chaos. It is in this scenario that the South American team is named youth world champion winners in Norway.

Gassing Up At Roy's. Roy's Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel, 2017

Gassing Up At Roy’s. Roy’s Cafe, gas station and motel in Amboy, California. Part of my series “Roadside America”. This photo was taken at the Historic Route 66.

Tai Chi 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Jianguo Gong, China, 1st Place, Open, Culture

Tai Chi. December 10, 2016. Wuhan city in Hubei Province, the Yangtze River, more than 1 thousand and 300 people practicing taijiquan.

Mystic Island 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Aleš Krivec, Slovenia, 2nd Place, National Awards

Mystic Island. I was waiting eagerly for the first cold winter morning after the snowy day. Finally the conditions were just as I wanted them to be. Still lake, beautiful pink/purple morning tones, snow on the trees and some fog for mystic atmosphere.

Concrete Circle 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer – Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Open, Architecture

Concrete Circle. Having just arrived in Berlin on a bright summer’s day, my wife and I decided to take a morning walk along the River Spree. We soon came across a large concrete building, and I was immediately struck by its geometry and scale. Across the river, I positioned myself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. I waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.

Character 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Matt Lance Draper, New Zealander, 2nd Place, National Awards

Character. This image was captured off the coast of the island Chain of Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga. Every year humpback whales migrate thousands of kilometers from the cold oceans in the south to the warm breeding waters in the tropical islands on the South Pacific. This particular male calf was such a character and after seeing him most days over a week I finally captured an image that showed his nature and unique ‘personality’ as such.

Hunting dolphins 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Eugene Kitsios, Netherlands, 3rd Place

Hunting dolphins. A pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins exhibit their cooperative hunting behavior as they attempt to catch a juvenile fish that is hiding under the sand. By using echolocation, dolphins are able to find their prey, even when their prey is camouflaged and/or out of sight. This photo was taken in November 2016 during a field trip with the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas.

Moonlight. Awaji Island at night 2017 Sony World Photography Award

Photographer :- Wilson Lee, Hong Kong, 3rd Place, National Awards

Moonlight. Awaji Island at night


Phtographer :- Mohammad Alnaser, Saudi Arabia, 3rd Place

White greenhouse. Agricultural worker National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Leyla Emektar, Turkey, 3rd Place

White greenhouse. Agricultural worker.

In motion pictures, the actor rules. 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Photographer :- Prabha Jayesh, India, 3rd Place, National Awards

In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor” – Richard Donner. Motion and emotion go hand in hand to me while I’m shooting on the streets, with every action I see a reaction and it engulfs me in a blanket of varied emotions, I spotted this and wanted to capture a in between shot, so it creates mystery around the moment.

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