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The professionals shine in 2020 Sony World Photography Award finalists

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Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled The Burning, looking at Australia's recent bushfire crisis
Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled The Burning, looking at Australia's recent bushfire crisis
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Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled Field of Infinity
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Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled Field of Infinity
Shortlisted in the Discovery category. From a series titled Tutto Scorre
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Shortlisted in the Discovery category. From a series titled Tutto Scorre
Shortlisted in the Environment category. From a series titled Wahala, investigating the oil industry in Nigeria
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Shortlisted in the Environment category. From a series titled Wahala, investigating the oil industry in Nigeria
Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Torii, set in Japan
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Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Torii, set in Japan
Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Formalisms I
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Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Formalisms I
Finalist in the Natural World & Wildlife category. A macro view of a Robber Fly
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Finalist in the Natural World & Wildlife category. A macro view of a Robber Fly
Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Monkey City, featuring the the town of Lop Buri in Thailand
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Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Monkey City, featuring the the town of Lop Buri in Thailand
Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Relics of a Utopia, examining the monuments known as Spomeniks in Serbia
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Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Relics of a Utopia, examining the monuments known as Spomeniks in Serbia
Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled As Long As The Sun Shines, examining the industrial oil sands in Canada
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Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled As Long As The Sun Shines, examining the industrial oil sands in Canada
Finalist in the Environment category. Indoor farming in the Netherlands
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Finalist in the Environment category. Indoor farming in the Netherlands
Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled Torii
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Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled Torii
Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled The Two Labyrinths
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Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled The Two Labyrinths
Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled New Home, investigating the remaining traces of the internment camps where those of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned in the United States during WWII
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Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled New Home, investigating the remaining traces of the internment camps where those of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned in the United States during WWII
Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Urban Explorers
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Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Urban Explorers
Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled New Home
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Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled New Home
Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Swamps in Autumn
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Shortlisted in the Landscape category. From a series titled Swamps in Autumn
Finalist in the Architecture category. From a series titled Ice Fishing Huts
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Finalist in the Architecture category. From a series titled Ice Fishing Huts
Finalist in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Himebotaru, looking at fireflies in Japan
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Finalist in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Himebotaru, looking at fireflies in Japan
Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled At the Pink Planet, examining the pink salt lakes of Ukraine
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Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled At the Pink Planet, examining the pink salt lakes of Ukraine
Shortlisted in the Landscape category.
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Shortlisted in the Landscape category.
Shortlisted in the Sport category. From a series titled Scooter Freestyle
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Shortlisted in the Sport category. From a series titled Scooter Freestyle
Shortlisted in the Still Life category. From a series titled Growing Knowledge.
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Shortlisted in the Still Life category. From a series titled Growing Knowledge.
Shortlisted in the Environment category. Inside the Institute of Radiation Protection and Ecology in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan
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Shortlisted in the Environment category. Inside the Institute of Radiation Protection and Ecology in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan
Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled The Burning, looking at Australia's recent bushfire crisis
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Shortlisted in the Documentary category. From a series titled The Burning, looking at Australia's recent bushfire crisis
Finalist in the Still Life category. From a series titled Plexus
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Finalist in the Still Life category. From a series titled Plexus
Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Six Hundred, examining old Soviet architecture
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Shortlisted in the Architecture category. From a series titled Six Hundred, examining old Soviet architecture
Finalist in the Architecture category. From a series titled Formalisms I
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Finalist in the Architecture category. From a series titled Formalisms I
Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Yukon Survivors
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Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Yukon Survivors
Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled Project 596, looking at old nuclear testing sites in China
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Finalist in the Landscape category. From a series titled Project 596, looking at old nuclear testing sites in China
Finalist in the Still Life category. Alter, a robot on display at a museum in Japan
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Finalist in the Still Life category. Alter, a robot on display at a museum in Japan
Finalist in the Discovery category. From a series titled Cast Out of Heaven, investigating the half-built settlements near Tehran, Iran
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Finalist in the Discovery category. From a series titled Cast Out of Heaven, investigating the half-built settlements near Tehran, Iran
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One of the world’s biggest photo contests, the Sony World Photography Awards, has revealed the finalists and shortlisted entries for its Professional competition. From profound works of photojournalism to surreal and creative abstract entries, this prestigious contest is an effective snapshot of the best photography in the world right now.

The Sony World Photography Awards spans four individual competitions: Professional, Youth, Student, and Open. The main difference between the Professional and the Open competitions is the Professional competition focuses on portfolios of work comprising between 5 and 10 images.

Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled Field of Infinity
Shortlisted in the Creative category. From a series titled Field of Infinity

Out of the massive 345,000 images submitted across the four competitions in the 2020 Awards, more than 135,000 were entered into the Professional competition. This record-breaking volume of entries spanned 203 countries or territories.

Ten categories are available to enter, including the usual Architecture, Landscape and Sport options, as well as Documentary, Still Life and Creative. This year saw the addition of a new category called Environment, designed to address the growing importance of the topic.

Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Monkey City, featuring the the town of Lop Buri in Thailand
Shortlisted in the Natural World & Wildlife category. From a series titled Monkey City, featuring the the town of Lop Buri in Thailand

As expected, the shortlisted entries and finalists are a spectacular assortment of images. Highlights include Korean photographer Chang Kyun Kim’s profound look at the remaining traces of America’s internment camps where those of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned during World War II; Nicholas Muir’s collection of striking images from the devastating recent Australian bush fires; and Ruben Wu’s beautifully surreal images using drones to paint with light.

Shortlisted in the Discovery category. From a series titled Tutto Scorre
Shortlisted in the Discovery category. From a series titled Tutto Scorre

The winners of the competition will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 16, 2020.

Take a look through our gallery at more highlights from the impressive finalists and shortlisted images.

Source: Sony World Photography Awards

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