This year there were a record-breaking 230,103 entries to the world’s biggest photography competition: the Sony World Photography Awards.
Entries in three main categories — professional, open, and youth — were received from a record 186 countries.
Here, we’ve selected 17 of our favourite images that were shortlisted in the professional and open categories.
Official winners will be announced April 21, but we wouldn’t be surprised if these 17 make the cut.
Very few people are brave enough to dive the cold waters off the coast of Russia, but photographer and diver Alexander Semenov has been exploring the waters to find these fantastic, archaic creatures living in the sea.
Matthias Hangst documented the Women's Team Free Synchronised Swimming at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Attila Balogh shot Larung Gar, a town in the Chinese Sichuan province that's home to 40,000 Buddhist monks.
Filippo Venturi's work explored the idea of South Korea's obsession with perfection, as well as the society's focus on competition and rivalry.
Photographer Giancarlo Ceraudo was fascinated with Miami's mix of cultures. The nightlife, immigration issues, and local art scene inspired his work.
Karolis Janulis captured this image of people practicing yoga in a central park in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Nikolai Linares took striking portraits of silver-medal winners just after losing their final at the Zealand boxing Championships held in Copenhagen.
The long tradition of boxing in Ghana fascinated photographer Patrick Sinkel, who went to Bokum, a small neighbourhood home to many world boxing champions.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Adaptive Sports Program hired photographer Rob Gregory to photograph the RIC Hornets wheelchair basketball team.
Stephan Zirwes' series 'Pools' explores the wasteful use of drinking water. Public pools, such as this one, represent the idea that water should be free and accessible to everyone.
Stephanie Sinclair shadowed the Ringling Bros.' employees that live on trains for 44 weeks out of the year.
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