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The extraordinary winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards

The extraordinary winners of t...
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Wind generated energy on a Greek island.
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Wind generated energy on a Greek island.
Stars and Northern Lights Over Chalets, Hatcher Pass, Alaska
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Stars and Northern Lights Over Chalets, Hatcher Pass, Alaska
Fairy Chimneys. Cappadocia, Turkey
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Fairy Chimneys. Cappadocia, Turkey
Winner, Photographer of the Year, Open Compeition. A wild mustang stallion kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado
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Winner, Photographer of the Year, Open Compeition. A wild mustang stallion kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado
Winner, Landscape. A field of sunflowers in Castilla and León
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Winner, Landscape. A field of sunflowers in Castilla and León
A murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell in County Westmeath, Ireland
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A murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell in County Westmeath, Ireland
The Arctic Hideaway, on an island one hour from Bodø, Norway, inside the Arctic Circle
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The Arctic Hideaway, on an island one hour from Bodø, Norway, inside the Arctic Circle
Patenga beach in Chittagong, Bangladesh
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Patenga beach in Chittagong, Bangladesh
The animals, part of a circus, are cleaned twice a week in the shallow waters of the Karatoa stream in Bangladesh
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The animals, part of a circus, are cleaned twice a week in the shallow waters of the Karatoa stream in Bangladesh
A man is staring back at a life-sized photo of a T-Rex
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A man is staring back at a life-sized photo of a T-Rex
Iceland
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Iceland
Violent midnight storms over the Aegean Sea, captured from a cliff above Chora on Folegandros island, in October 2021
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Violent midnight storms over the Aegean Sea, captured from a cliff above Chora on Folegandros island, in October 2021
A winter sunset in Krkonoše National Park
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A winter sunset in Krkonoše National Park
The Mondala Pass is 5,363 metres above sea level, and is the only way to the Kula Kangri mountain
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The Mondala Pass is 5,363 metres above sea level, and is the only way to the Kula Kangri mountain
Macaws during their early morning flight in Caracas, Venezuela
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Macaws during their early morning flight in Caracas, Venezuela
Daily life of the rural population in Corrientes, Argentina
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Daily life of the rural population in Corrientes, Argentina
Winner, Travel. Street culture in Hanoi
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Winner, Travel. Street culture in Hanoi
Germany
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Germany
Geldingadalir, Iceland's youngest volcano
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Geldingadalir, Iceland's youngest volcano
Herds of Red Deer live freely in Richmond Park, London
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Herds of Red Deer live freely in Richmond Park, London
Play-building
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Play-building
Salt Lake
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Salt Lake
Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek
Fly me to the Moon
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Fly me to the Moon
The new National Heart Centre Singapore building
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The new National Heart Centre Singapore building
A young woman in an umbrella workshop, making a traditional Burmese parasol in Mandalay, Myanmar
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A young woman in an umbrella workshop, making a traditional Burmese parasol in Mandalay, Myanmar
Don't Go!
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Don't Go!
Winner, Lifestyle. Honey collectors, Bangladesh
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Winner, Lifestyle. Honey collectors, Bangladesh
Maasai Mara
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Maasai Mara
Kermanshah, Iran
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Kermanshah, Iran
The Three Graces, located at Liverpool Pier Head, shot from the Albert Dock using the zoom lens on the Pixel 6 Pro
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The Three Graces, located at Liverpool Pier Head, shot from the Albert Dock using the zoom lens on the Pixel 6 Pro
Tangi Sar, Kurdistan
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Tangi Sar, Kurdistan
Hanoi FPT Corporation's building reflected on the street, on a rainy night
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Hanoi FPT Corporation's building reflected on the street, on a rainy night
This is the third out of four explosions, carried out over four days, demolishing the Provincial Agricultural Consortium’s silo in Cagliari, Italy
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This is the third out of four explosions, carried out over four days, demolishing the Provincial Agricultural Consortium’s silo in Cagliari, Italy
This night eruption of the Etna volcano was taken from San Teodoro
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This night eruption of the Etna volcano was taken from San Teodoro
Guapiles, Costa Rica. Crowned tree frog
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Guapiles, Costa Rica. Crowned tree frog
Al Seef Souk, Dubai
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Al Seef Souk, Dubai
Winner, Architecture. An industrial district in Hong Kong
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Winner, Architecture. An industrial district in Hong Kong
The Hague, Netherlands
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The Hague, Netherlands
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The winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards have been revealed, spanning a truly stunning array of photographic styles and subjects, from elegantly composed landscapes to surreal street photography.

The massive Song World Photography Awards spans four separate competitions: Professional, Youth, Student, and Open. Perhaps the biggest competition is Open, which looks for the best single image across 10 general categories. This year’s Open competition garnered more than 170,000 individual entries.

A man is staring back at a life-sized photo of a T-Rex
A man is staring back at a life-sized photo of a T-Rex

“Creativity and originality were very important in choosing a winning image and it was terrific to see the excitement and joy of the photographers when they captured the moment,” said Hideko Kataoka, who spearheaded the judging for this year’s Open competition. “The photographs in this competition each make a coherent visual statement about a situation or particular circumstance in an elegant visual way.”

Guapiles, Costa Rica. Crowned tree frog
Guapiles, Costa Rica. Crowned tree frog

Unlike the last couple of years which have been unsurprisingly influenced by the global pandemic, the 2022 shortlist is dominated by elegant geometric compositions and uncanny abstractions. Scott Wilson’s Anger Management is a perfect example, winning the Natural World and Wildlife category with an evocative shot of a wild mustang stallion kicking up dust.

Winner, Photographer of the Year, Open Compeition. A wild mustang stallion kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado
Winner, Photographer of the Year, Open Compeition. A wild mustang stallion kicks up a dust storm in northwestern Colorado

More black and white shots dominated the winning entries this year, including Anthony Chan’s Architecture-winning shot of an industrial building in Hong Kong and Vicente Ansola’s spectacular photo of wilted sunflowers in a rural Spanish field.

A murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell in County Westmeath, Ireland
A murmuration of starlings over Lough Ennell in County Westmeath, Ireland

Dozens more images were shortlisted in each category, creating a fantastic overview of contemporary photography in 2022. Highlights here include a cheekily framed shot of a man in front of a life-sized image of a T-rex from Singapore photographer Kantaya New; a mind-bending shot of a flock of birds forming the shape of a giant bird from James Crombie; and a frightening drone shot of Iceland’s youngest volcano from Luis Manuel Vilariño Lopez.

Take a look through our gallery at more handpicked highlights from this year's shortlist.

Source: World Photography Organization

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3 comments
3 comments
NMBill
NO way that T-Rex is life-size. And the bird photo, while spectacular, looks too good to be true.
ljaques
Oh, some outstanding fun in those pics! Kitties in the grass would be a rude awakening to someone not aware of their surroundings. I like the architectural treatment of the Heart Center in Singapore. The Hanoi flowers were perfectly synchronized in that shot. The starlings in a bird formation was absolutely stunning, and my fave. The Mt. Etna picture was a letdown. On the one hand, it showed the eruption in all its glory. On the other, it showed how so many people don't care about light pollution.
And last but not least, I WANT A COPY OF THAT LIFE-SIZED T-REX IN MY LIVING ROOM. Just wow!
CAVUMark
That is the best gorilla selfie I have ever seen. What a talented guy.