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Photograph: Mohammad Mirza / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

This majestic elephant is among the winning snaps at the Sony World Photography Awards 2022

From noble animals to forbidding landscapes, these are the most incredible photographs of the past year

Sophie Dickinson
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You wouldn’t want to get in the way of this guy. Towering above the camera, the elephant looks majestic, powerful, frightening – and we’re just lucky to get a glimpse of the fella.

The photograph, taken by Kuwait’s Mohammad Mirza, was one of the winners in the ‘national’ category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022, which recognised one amazing photo per nation by photographers from more than 60 countries.

While we wait for the overall competition winners to be announced on April 12, we’ve picked out a few more of our fave shots from that category:

Slovakia: Filip Hrebenda

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Photograph: Filip Hrebenda / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Colombia: Bernardo Del Cristo Hernandez

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Photograph: Bernardo Del Cristo Hernandez / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Thailand: Kunuch Chutmongkolporn

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Photograph:Kunuch Chutmongkolporn / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Russian Federation: Marianna Smolina

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Photograph: Marianna Smolina / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Slovenia: Matjaž Šimic

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Photograph: Matjaž Šimic / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Saudi Arabia: Mazin Alhassan

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Photograph: Mazin Alhassan / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Thailand: Thanh Nguyen Phuc

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Photograph: Thanh Nguyen Phuc / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Japan: Yasuhiro Takachi

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Photograph: Yasuhiro Takachi / Sony World Photography Awards 2022

Looking for more epic photography? Check out these aerial shots from the Drone Photo Awards.

Plus: these award-winning photos have made us really want to explore the world again.

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