Watch the breathtaking winning and nominated images from one of the world’s most prestigious photo competitions.
The great shots are from the open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020, which received 193,000 submissions from photographers in more than 200 areas.
More than 100 images were shortlisted this year’s open competition, and the jury had a difficult task selecting 10 category winners.
The categories include architecture, culture, landscape, nature and wildlife, street photography and travel.
The 10 winners must now wait until June 9 to find out who will be declared the overall winner of the open competition.
In the meantime, scroll down and look forward to our selection of shortlist and category-winning entries …
This dreamy image was cut by German photographer Manfred Voss and shortlisted in the travel category. Manfred said, “The small fishing village of Reine in Norway offers one of the most beautiful views in the Lofoten archipelago. The balance between the cool light of the blue hour and the warmth of the well-lit houses was perfect this morning. It was almost windless, resulting in a beautiful reflection of the mountain in the water. I chose an exposure that balanced the blue hour with the lighted mountains and the beautiful light of the houses’
A colossal wave scrapes the harbor wall at Newhaven in East Sussex. The dramatic image was captured by British photographer Lloyd Lane, who was shortlisted in the movement category. He said: ‘A flood, together with strong winds, led to large waves in the harbor in March 2019. This was my first time with my new telephoto lens and I was treated to great conditions where the sun helped to light up the scene ‘
Polish photographer Milosz Wilczynski captured the incredible image on the left. It is the entrance to the Anaconda Ice Cave on the Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland. It made the shortlist in the travel category. Wilczynski said, “The ice surface created an amazing pattern that reflected the incident light. Most ice caves melt in the summer, partly due to the greenhouse effect. This kind of beauty is fragile and transient. The image on the right was shortlisted in the landscape category. It was created by German photographer Kai Hornung and shows an ancient forest in the Anaga Mountains of Tenerife. He said, “The clouds hung among the moss-covered trees, creating a spooky atmosphere. When I got to this place I smiled while setting up my tripod – I just knew I was about to take one of my best photos from that tour, if not one of my best photos of 2019 ‘
This unusual image was captured in October 2019 by British photographer Peter Brooks on the London Underground during the Extinction Rebellion uprising. He was shortlisted in the street photography category. He said, “This image is part of my efforts to capture the emotional impact of the Red Rebel Brigade on the public and protests through conversations and photography.”
The American photographer Kaitlyn Kamperschroer took this beautiful picture during a trip through Iceland in August 2019. He was shortlisted in the travel category. She said, “My only plans were to drive and explore. While traveling along Route 1 (Icelandic ring road) I was amazed by the endless landscape in front of me. I stopped at a stop and captured this image of the road and the Svínafellsjökull glacier ‘
British photographer Jonathan Rogers was shortlisted in the travel category for the image on the left, taken on a road trip through Iceland. He said, “It was a lot of driving, a lot of sightseeing, camping and very little sleep. On our last day we decided to take the four hour drive from the south coast to the highlands of Kerlingarfjöll. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but we were blown away by the nature and beauty of it all. The smoke emanating from the ground created a very creepy and otherworldly atmosphere. We convinced one of our group to walk up and down a ridge until the smoke blew out behind him to emphasize his outline. This is easily one of my favorite photos from the trip. On the right is a photo taken by British photographer James Rushforth in Iceland, shortlisted in the travel category. He said, “The oxidation of iron minerals in the lava creates red around the edges, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding basalt. The scene is completely otherworldly, especially in combination with the remote location. A white four-wheel drive vehicle can be seen on the road below the craters’
Turkish photographer Bülent Suberk was shortlisted in the street photography category for this cheerful image of children from Syrian immigrant families and other young people cooling off in the waters of the Bosphorus in Karaköy, Istanbul
Indranil Aditya, from India, took this photo of firefighters trying to control a massive fire in a chemical warehouse near Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, West Bengal. The module was shortlisted in the street photography category
The landscape category winner was Australian photographer Craig McGowan for this beautiful shot of a solitary iceberg against the fjord walls in Northeast Greenland National Park
Argentinian photographer Jorge Reynal was voted the winner of the still life category with a heartbreaking image of a fish in a plastic bag, on the left. He said, “Every year, eight million tons of plastic end up in our oceans – which means emptying a garbage truck into the water every minute. This is my protest against pollution. In my language (Spanish) we use the words “Naturaleza Muerta” to refer to still life, which ironically translates as dead nature. Shown to the right are colorful fish in the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, captured on camera by British photographer Rachel Brooks. This image was shortlisted in the natural world and wildlife category. She said, “It took a lot of patience, but I finally managed to catch this fish with the tongue-eating parasite in its mouth. The image was made on an underwater compact, with a diving lamp as lighting ‘
Icelandic photographer Viktor Einar Vilhelmsson was shortlisted in the landscape category with this haunting shot of a building ‘standing alone in the middle of the highlands of Iceland’
This sweet photo of a baby orangutan and its mother, left, was captured by Ukrainian photographer Julia Wimmerlin in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. It was shortlisted in the natural world and wildlife category. She said, “I couldn’t believe my luck – it was the most human, heartwarming scene I’ve seen there. Just like humans, baby orangutans stay with their mothers until they are seven years old. They don’t leave their mother’s side for the first few years – they grab her hair and are worn everywhere. ‘ On the right is a serene image of a mangrove tree on Walakiri Beach in Sumba, Indonesia, a collaborative effort by Malaysian photographers Hsiang Hui and Sylvester Wong. The couple said the water was calm at dawn and provided some ‘beautiful reflections’. The module was shortlisted in the landscape category
Alec Connah from the UK was named as the winner of the motion category thanks to this recording of the demolition of four cooling towers at Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire. He said, “The towers had been a feature of the landscape for 50 years, but were torn down as part of a new development on the site. Demolition was underway for a long time – the towers were close to a river, railroad and protected forest, so their destruction had to be precise. This photo was taken from my garden, which is on the hill opposite the campsite ‘
The winner of the travel category was Adrian Guerin with this incredible shot of an iron ore train in Mauritania. Adrian from Australia explained: ‘The train covers over 700 km on its journey from the coastal town of Nouadhibou to the Sahara wilderness of Zouérat. More than 200 carriages are loaded with rocks in Zouérat before the train begins its long journey back to Nouadhibou. I traveled by train in both directions in July 2019. During the first part of the journey I learned that in order to photograph the full length of the train I had to stand on the rocks to stand in height, position myself in a rear car to get the full view, and keep the sun behind me. Unfortunately, none of this was possible until the morning of day three, after which I almost gave up. This shot was taken while I tiptoed on top of a mountain of rocks and tried to remain stable as the train shot back and forth ‘
Rosaria Sabrina Pantano from Italy was the winner of the architecture category with the image on the left cut in Sicily. She said, “Myself and a group of friends visited Fiumara d’Arte, an open museum of sculptures made by contemporary artists, located along the banks of the Tusa River. Among these works is Mauro Staccioli’s 38 ° Parallelo – a pyramid that is exactly at the point where the geographic coordinates meet the 38th parallel. Canadian Alexandre B. Lampron captured the image on the right in the spring of 2019. It shows a Newfoundland cove flooded with sea ice. He said, “The fishermen were waiting for an opportunity to pass between the tides to lay their lobster traps.” The image was shortlisted in the architecture category
British photographer Peter Li was shortlisted in the architecture category for this haunting photo of Grundtvigs Kirke, a relatively new church in Copenhagen. Peter said, “It was completed in 1940, and it took the architect’s family three generations to complete. The design is a fusion of the modern geometric shapes of Brick Expressionism with the classic vertical structure of Gothic architecture ‘
French photographer Caroline Paux was shortlisted in the natural world and wildlife category for this action shot of greedy gulls competing for a starfish. It was demolished during high tide on August 4, 2019 at La Baule beach in the Loire-Atlantique, France
De Chinese fotograaf Guofei Li werd uitgeroepen tot winnaar van de categorie natuurlijke wereld en dieren in het wild dankzij dit ongelooflijke beeld van cheeta’s in Botswana. De fotograaf legde uit: ‘Deze cheeta’s hadden net een antilope opgegeten en likten de bloedvlekken van elkaars gezicht. Het is een zeer zeldzame houding die me deed denken aan het traditionele Chinese Tai Chi-diagram ‘
Dit dramatische beeld van een windhond die traint voor een race terwijl het zand in zijn gezicht opwaait, werd geknipt door de Belgische fotograaf Muriel Vekemans. Het stond op de shortlist in de categorie beweging
Chinese photographer Wen Lu was shortlisted in the architecture category for the mesmerising shot on the left, which shows a clear line separating crowded village houses and a forest reserve in Guangzhou, China. Satheesh Chandran, from India, snapped the shot on the right, which shows a Theyyam ritual taking place in a temple in Kerala. It was shortlisted in the culture category. The photographer said: ‘The performer transforms from human to a demigod through music, dance, make-up and costume’
This breathtaking image of Brighton Pier illuminated at dusk was captured by British photographer Stephen Tomlinson. It was shortlisted in the architecture category. He said: ‘I headed to this iconic location for sunset and waited for the attractions at the end of the pier to light up. I knew this twilight period would offer the best conditions to capture what I had in mind. The resulting image is quite abstract, with the funfair appearing almost like a giant pinball machine’
British photographer David Keep captured this amazing image of a saltwater crocodile on the Jardines de la Reina archipelago in Cuba. The photo was shortlisted in the natural world and wildlife category. David said: ‘I was in the water for around an hour with this particular animal, and I must admit I never felt really relaxed. Looking back, it was more reputation than reality that caused my unease. It was an awesome experience, and I think this image sums up the feeling I had of being watched intently!’