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The Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

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The assorted vistas and still life shots in the gallery above are taken from the shortlist of finalists for the Sony World Photography awards.

The world's largest photography competition, over 173,444 images from amateur and professional photographers across 171 countries submitted entries for the $25,000 top prize. 

The winner, along with nods to the top photographs of the professional, youth and open photographer categories, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 23 April, before the winning and shortlisted images appear in an exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May.

We've selected our favourite images from the shortlist, but you can see the full list here

(Images: World Photography Organisation/Sony World Photography Awards)

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