When it comes to celebrating the world’s most mind-blowing photography, it doesn’t get much better than the Sony World Photography Awards. 2023 marks the comp’s sixteenth edition, with the shortlist for the ‘professional’ category having just been announced – and the selected snaps are as brill as ever.
This year’s competition saw over 400,000 images submitted from photographers in more than 200 countries or territories. Overall, there are ten categories – architecture and design, creative, documentary projects, environment, landscape, portfolio, portraiture, sport, still life and wildlife and nature – and three shots were shortlisted per category.
Make no mistake: these are some of the absolute best works of photography you’re likely to see all year. The winner of the Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on April 13, with an exhibition of the finalists and shortlisted photographers set to take place at Somerset House in London from April 13 to May 1 (find out more about all that here). In the meantime, here are our picks from those that are in the running for the big prize.
‘Cement Factory’ by Fan Li
‘Untitled’ by Tariq Zaidi
‘Untitled’ by Simone Tramonte
‘Untitled’ by Bruno Zanzottera
‘#053kids’ by Toby Binder
‘Untitled’ by Jerome Delay
‘Below the Surface’ by Martin Broen
‘Full Extension’ by Martin Broen
Did you see that this spectacular shot triumphed at National Geographic’s ‘Pictures of the Year’ awards?
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