The best photos from 66 countries, according to the largest competition in the world

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The Sony World Photography Awards is the largest photo competition in the world. Now celebrating its 10th year, the awards program has received more than a million submissions since its inception.

One of the contest’s top honours is the National Award. For this particular award, photographers are judged against others from their country of origin, regardless of which of the 10 categories the photo was submitted to. This creates competition across various “open” categories, including portraits, architecture, nature, still life, and travel. Ultimately, the panel of judges must choose the best photo from each country, regardless of its subject matter.

There are 66 qualifying countries, and awards are given to first-, second-, and third-place winners.

Ahead, see the 66 first-place winners of this year’s National Awards. Captions include where the photographer is from — which is not necessarily where the photo was taken — along with their name.

Slovenia, Aleš Komovec

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Indonesia, Fajar Kristianto

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Portugal, Luís Godinho

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Province Of China, Jim Chen Taiwan

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Switzerland, Alessandra Meniconzi

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Norway, Henning S. Pettersen

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Malaysia, Jian Seng Soh

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Thailand, Polpich Komson

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Slovakia, Peter Svoboda

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Mexico, Tania Franco Klein

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Poland, Arek Rataj

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Hong Kong, Chun Kin Tong, TOMY

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Vietnam, Ngoc Mai Nguyen

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India, Nikunj Rathod

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Spain, Santos Moreno Villar

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Colombia, Camilo Diaz

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United States of American, Argus Paul Estabrook

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Russian Federation, Alexander Vinogradov

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Latvia, Katerina Annenkova

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Netherlands, Ewa Cwikla

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New Zealand, Miriam Strong

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Greece, Constantinos Sofikitis

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Republic Of Korea, Seung Jong Lee

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Ecuador, Cesar Augusto Gaitan Cortez

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Belgium, Katrijn Van Giel

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Romania, Alex Andriesi

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Panama, Jonatan Banista

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Saudi Arabia, Khalid Alsabt

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Egypt, Mohamed Roushdy Eldor

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Kenya, Austin Odunga

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Venezuela, Kala Madriz

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Cambodia, Ly Min

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Hungary, Edina Csoboth

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Czech Republic, Simona Nalepkova

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Chile, Francisco Ubilla

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Germany, Ralph Gräf

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Sweden, Andreas Hemb

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Peru, Carloman Macidiano Céspedes Riojas

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Australia, Evan George

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France, Josselin Cornou

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Italy, Salvatore Mazzeo

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Estonia, Annela Samuel

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Bangladesh, Mohammad Amir Hamja

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Ukraine, Zani Arkadina

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Qatar, Firos Syed

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Canada, Harley Yang

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Finland, Antti Hallakorpi

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Myanmar, Kyaw Win Hlaing

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Denmark, Lise Johansson

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Philippines, Mark L. Vicente

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Japan, Homare Hamada

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Turkey, Emrah Karako

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Pakistan, Shabir Mian

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Ireland, Bernard Ward

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Sri Lanka, Deveni Nishantha Manjula

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United Kingdom, Tim Cornbill

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Austria, Julian Walkner

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Argentina, Jose Maria Perez Nuez

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Croatia, Petar Sabol

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Serbia, Jelena Jankovi

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Lithuania, Tadas Kazakevicius

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United Arab Emirates, Mustafa Jindi

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Singapore, Lester Koh Meng Hua

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Bulgaria, Ivan Miladinov

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China, Jianguo Gong

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Nepal, Shashanka Chitrakar

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