21 Beautiful Images From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Published February 28, 2015
Updated February 15, 2018

Our favorite images from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, a contest including over 170,000 breathtaking images from 171 countries worldwide.

Pray Sony World Photography Awards

“Pray” by Muhammad Berkati. Source: WPO

Though the Oscars are over, the awards season in the photography world is just beginning. The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards received 173,444 image entries—over 30,000 more than the last year’s contest. Representing photographers from 171 countries, these images capture everything from macro photography to architecture to adorable orangutans.

While the official winners won’t be announced until April 23, we’ve picked some of our personal favorites from the recently released shortlist.

Bernhard Lang 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

“Aerial Views Adria” by Bernhard Lang. Source: International Business Times

Hamer Man by Diego Arroyo Mendez

“Hamer Man” by Diego Arroyo Mendez. Source: Bored Panda

Sumo Wrestler Photo

“Sweat and Blood” by Marcin Klocek. Source: WPO

2015 Sony World Photography Awards Harfian Herdi

“Langit Biru, Senja Sendu” by Harfian Herdi. Source: Kujaja

Endless Staircase Photography Awards

“The Endless Staircase” by Marcus Bayer. Source: The Idle Man

Harfian Herdi Photography

“Frog Story” by Harfian Herdi. Source: WPO

Morning Hour 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

“Morning Hour” by Georg May. Source: Bored Panda

One Hundred Forty Centimetres

“One hundred and forty centimetres” by Sabine Lewandowski. Source: The Atlantic

Alexander Kitsenko

Italy, Dolomites, Lake Di Braies, by Alexander Kitsenko. Source: 500px

Adorable Orangutan

“Orangutan in Bali” by Andrew Suryono. Source: Bored Panda

Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

“Split Second” by Uwe Hennig. Source: International Business Times

Gymnastics Competition Poland

Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland by Adrian Jaszczak. Source: Source: The Atlantic

Brent Stirton Photography Awards

“First Sight” by Brent Stirton. Source: WPO

Curious Bird

“Hi… Who Are You?” by Georg May. Source: Bored Panda

Man Jumps Through Fire

“Jump!” by Aprison Aprison. Source: Irish Examiner

Kimmo Metsaranta 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

“Animal Behaviour” by Kimmo Metsaranta. Source: Irish Examiner

Ancient Glacier Photograph

“Trace of an Ancient Glacier” by Miquel Ángel Artús. Source: My Modern Met

Yellowstone in Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone, by Jassen Todorov. Source: Jassen Todorov

Kermode Bears Rare Photos

“Dinner” by Kyle Breckenridge. Source: International Business Times

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