Stunning Snapshots Vying for the 2015 World Photography Awards

From Romania to Malaysia, highlights from this year's submissions.

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Ekaterina Grigoryeva, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Ashwini Kapoor, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Peter Eberhardt, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Riski Januar, Indonesia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Rudi Steenbruggen, Netherlands, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Riski Januar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Sashikanth Chintla, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Sayan Mukherjee, India, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Seyms Brugger, South Africa, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Simone Eisath, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Steve Cooke, New Zealand, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Valeria Gradizzi, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Adrian Capusan, Romania, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Ali Alzuhair, Saudi Arabia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Andrey Kozlovsky, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Bao Vu, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Denis Esakov, Russia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Georg May, Germany, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Josie Eldred, Australia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Kathryn Hallett, Canada, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Kris Williams, UK, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Kyaw Kyaw Winn, Myanmar, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Leo Bakx, the Netherlands, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Pham Xuan Hien, Vietnam, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Manuel Fuentes, Chile, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Marianna Mosconi, Italy, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Mohamad Javad Jowkar, Iran, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.
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Nick Ng, Malaysia, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Photo: Courtesy World Photography Organisation.

Calling all photographers: The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards is now accepting submissions, the Huffington Post reports.

Open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, the annual photography contest hosted by the World Photography Organization (WPO) seeks to identify the year’s best photography. Since the Awards program launched in 2007, it has garnered over 700,000 submissions from over 230 countries, which is more countries than we even knew existed!

The organization’s aim is to showcase the work of talented individuals—whether they are professional artists or amateurs—from around the globe. Participants enter in one of the four categories: professional (for those making a living from photography), student (for those studying photography), youth (for those under 19 years of age), and open (for the enthusiasts).

The competition, which is based in London, will give finalists and winners the chance to exhibit their work at the city’s historic Somerset House, and have their photographs published in the annual WPO book.

Courtesy of the Huffington Post and the WPO, here is a sampling of 32 dazzling photographs from the entries for this year’s Awards so far, submitted by photographers hailing from Iran, Malaysia, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and every other quadrant of the globe.

Contestants have until January 5, 2015 to submit their work for this year’s Awards.

 


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