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Discover 23 Of The Best Photos From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gathered some of the best amateur and professional photos around the world and showcased them in an epic collection of the year’s best photography. The shortlist for this year’s competition is sure to please, featuring a series of beautiful and powerful images from a range of different categories.
The competition received a record total of 173,444
images from 171 countries this year – 24% more than in 2014. The overall winners, who will be revealed on April 23rd, are competing for a total of $30,000 in cash prizes. Participants competed in 13 professional, 10 open and 3 youth categories.

On the Tundra

A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia. by Simon Morris
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Frog Story,

Three cute frogs at morning light. by Harfian Herdi
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Old Shepherd

An old Shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan’s countrysides in the north of Iran. by Saeed Barikani
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Cat Mothers

Series of images from the life of photographer’s family. by Ramil Gilvano
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CAESAR

“Caesar” are portraits of children. They were all born by caesarean section and they only have a few seconds of life – all survived. These photographys are the first performance of a new human being, unique and primal. by Christian Berthelot
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Restricted Areas

The project “Restricted areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have – this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others. Better, higher, stronger – these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything. by Danila Tkachenko
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The secondary trainer

Long time member of the gym, Rocky provides comfort and acceptance to the performer. by Anthony Kham
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Pelican Feeding

These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australian and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal. by Melissa Little
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Exuberance

by Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson
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Futuristic Archaeology

Futuristic Archeology – Desertification in Mongolia Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. Even with changes brought about by urbanisation in recent years, 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and thus still depend on their vast, open land for survival. This is increasingly difficult because their traditional way of life is now being threatened due to serious changes in the land. According to a survey made by the Mongolian government, around 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried out. by Daesung Lee
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Black days of Ukraine,

Part of a series of photos taken in June and July near the city of Luhansk, Ukraine. In 2014, the conflict between rebels and the government army in Ukraine led the country to the full-scale hostilities. The local residents of the strategically located city of Luhansk were left without water and electricity for three months over the summer, while constant gunfire could be heard above their heads. by Valery Melnikov
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 Timeless Affection

The photographer of this portrait is Arief Siswandhono, and the girl in the picture is her daughter, Fina. Fina was once terrified of cats, but after her parents adopted 2 kittens her life was changed. Fina now considers the cats her best friends.
Arief shares about her photo entry, “In this picture I wanted to show how gracefully they’re together in a frame with Leon, one of her babies.”
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Hundred And Forty Centimeters

Down syndrome is not a disease, it is not curable. People with Down syndrome have often physical and mental impairments that make them different from others. Since 2012 it is possible to determine by means of non-invasive tests before birth whether a child will have Down’s syndrome, as necessary, initiate an abortion. The photo series “one hundred and forty centimeters” raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of “living with impairment,” and the technical possibilities to determine this even before birth. by Sabine Lewandowski. People, Professional
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Pray

Taken in Bromo Indonesia. by Muhammad Berkati
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Morning Hour

“A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only look fascinated.” Photo by Georg May, Germany
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Holi

“Hindu devotees throw vivid color at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers.” Photo by Ioulia Chvetsova, France
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Dinner

“The mother and the cub are Spirit Bears or Kermode bear a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Colombia, Canada. These bears are rarer than the Panda Bear in the wild.” Photo by Kyle Breckenridge, Canada
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In a Crowd of King Penguins

“King Penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence. They are very beautiful, gracious and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe. This image aims to capture and reflect how gracious and colorful wildlife can be even at the ends of the Earth.” Photo by Lisa Vaz, Portugal
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Times Are Hard For Dreamers

“Woman suspended in a mass of feathers.” Photo by Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia
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Orangutan in The Rain

“I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment. Image location: Bali, Indonesia”  Photo by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia
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Hi…. Who Are You?

“Blue Tit Looking at it’s Reflection in Some Water.” Photo by Georg May, Germany
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Headless

Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12. by Adrian Jaszczak
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Camel train

photographer Enrico Madini entered this sumptuous photograph of a salt caravan travelling through the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea and Djibouti, in the Travel category of the Open competition
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