Our Shortlist for Sony's 2016 World Photography Awards

Take a look at our picks for the best images in this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

Credit: Sai Aung Main
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Sony has announced this year's "shortlist" (or finalists) for the Sony World Photography Awards. These finalists were selected from a record-breaking 230,103 entries from 186 countries–the highest number of entries in the awards’ nine year history. These photographers are competing to win their category and the overall Professional, Open and Youth photographer of the Year titles–not to mention a share of the $30,000 prize pool.


This year saw a 57 percent increase in entrants from the United States alone. Of the American entrants, 16 made the shortlist, with an additional seven photographers of other nationalities that are based in the US.

All the shortlisted photographers will have their work shown in London as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in April and May, and get published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to kick off the exhibition on April 21.

We combed through the 353 finalist photos to choose the 15 that we thought best represented the finalists. More information about the awards can be found on the World Photography Organisation website.

Prakash Singh Entry
Credit: Prakash Singh
Credit: Prakash Singh, India, Shortlist, Professional Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Andrew Burton Entry
Credit: Andrew Burton
Credit: Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards/Getty View Larger
Sai Aung Main Entry
Credit: Sai Aung Main
Credit: Sai Aung Main, Myanmar, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Liu Chengliang Entry
Credit: Liu Chengliang
Credit: Liu Chengliang, China, Shortlist, Professional , Candid, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Stefan Liebermann Entry
Credit: Stefan Liebermann
Credit: Stefan Liebermann, Germany, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Franck Tridon Entry
Credit: Franck Tridon
Credit: Franck Tridon, France, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Hiroshi Watanabe Entry
Credit: Hiroshi Watanabe
Credit: Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan, Shortlist, Professional , Still Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Ramadhan Sinclair Entry
Credit: Ramadhan Sinclair
Credit: Ramadhan Sinclair, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Wai Lam Cheng Entry
Credit: Wai Lam Cheng
Credit: Wai Lam Cheng, Hong Kong Shortlist Youth Portrait 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Markus van Hauten Entry
Credit: Markus van Hauten
Credit: Markus van Hauten, Germany, Shortlist, Open Panoramic, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Mohammed Yousef Entry
Credit: Mohammed Yousef
Credit: Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, Shortlist, Professional Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Patrick Sinkel Entry
Credit: Patrick Sinkel
Credit: Patrick Sinkel, Germany, Shortlist, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Kamil Wojtyla Entry
Credit: Kamil Wojtyla
Credit: Kamil Wojtyla, Poland, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Ivana Pejak Entry
Credit: Ivana Pejak
Credit: Ivana Pejak, Serbia, Shortlist, Youth Portrait, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger
Dmitri Beliakov Entry
Credit: Dmitri Beliakov
Credit: Dmitri Beliakov, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Professional , Portraiture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards View Larger

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