A photograph of a cyclist illuminated by street lamp on a rural road juxtaposed with a city in the background.

Gyu Seob Shim, Republic of Korea, 1st Place, National Awards. All images © the photographers, shared with permission courtesy of the Sony World Photography Awards

From the sinuous lines of a leaping cat, to a giant tortoise gliding alongside a snorkeler, to a lone cyclist illuminated on a road juxtaposed against a looming city, the winning images from this year’s Sony World Photography Awards (previously) showcase a remarkable slice of life captured by photographers hailing from 55 countries around the globe. Now in its 16th year, the competition garnered more than 415,000 entries from more than 200 nations and territories, about half of which were entered into the running for the National Awards, an initiative set up by the World Photography Organization and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world.

Check out some of our favorite images below, and if you’re in London, stop by Somerset House between April 14 and May 1 to see all of the winning images on display, including top picks from the student, youth, open, and professional categories.

 

The Milky Way photographed over a mountain range and a frozen body of water.

Filip Hrebenda, Slovakia, Shortlist, Regional Awards

An overview photograph of a figure snorkeling beside a giant tortoise.

Thiện Nguyễn Ngọc, Vietnam, Winner, National Awards

A dramatic glacial shelf.

Huazheng Hong, Singapore, Winner, National Awards

A cat jumping in the air, photographed in black-and-white and creating an abstract, linear composition.

Kazutoshi Ono, Japan, 2nd Place, National Awards

A photograph of an owl peeking out from behind a tree limb.

Protap Shekhor Mohanto, Bangladesh, Winner, National Awards

A portrait of two women in black-and-white, one seated and one standing, holding an umbrella.

Nukabari Opuama, Nigeria, Winner, National Awards

A profile view of a colorful tree frog.

Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica, Shortlist, Latin America National Awards

A portrait of a woman seated in a classic convertible, resting on the door with her eyes closed, holding flowers and with flowers in the background.

Samia Berbiche, France, Winner, National Awards

A volcanic lava flow.

Niks Freimanis, Latvia, Shortlist, Regional Awards

Do stories and artists like this matter to you? Become a Colossal Member today and support independent arts publishing for as little as $5 per month. The article Dramatic Landscapes and Dazzling Portraits Highlight Global Perspectives in the 2023 Sony World Photography Awards appeared first on Colossal.

©