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Inspiring Photos From The 2017 World Photography Awards Competition

Inspiring Photos From The 2017 World Photography Awards Competition

After more than 277,000 photographs were submitted from 183 different countries around the world, Sony and the World Photo Organization have announced the 2017 shortlist of winners. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the list: 

 

 

Ami Vitale, USA

© Ami Vitale, USA, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Ami Vitale, USA, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Ami Vitale, USA, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Ami Vitale, USA, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: Hard to believe that one of the most recognized animals on the planet, the giant panda, was just recently taken off the endangered species list. What's even crazier than that? Pandas have roamed the earth for 8 million years but they were only discovered in the last century, found hiding in thick bamboo and atop high mountain tops in central China. 

 


 

 

Frederik Buyckx, Belgium

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Location: "Mainly Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia; remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature"

 


 

 

 

Amber Bracken, Canada

© Amber Bracken, Canada, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Amber Bracken, Canada, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Amber Bracken, Canada, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Amber Bracken, Canada, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "For nearly ten months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies have been camped in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing their land and water. The estimated $3.78 bill project is nearly complete, crossing almost 1,172 miles. But the resistance has stalled development at the Missouri River."

 


 

 

 

Li Song, China

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Li Song, China, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "I want to have an ordinary life In November 2016, Li Hang, an eleven-year-old boy from Harbin, arrived at Changchun weight loss centre determined to lose weight."

 


 

 

Javier Arcenillas, Spain

© Javier Arcenillas, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017

© Javier Arcenillas, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Contemporary Issues, 2017

Location: Rivera Hernandez, city in Honduras, where there are 5 opposing gangs and civilians are forced to protect themselves

 


 

 

 

Asger Ladefoged, Denmark

© Asger Ladefoged, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional, Daily Life, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Asger Ladefoged, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional, Daily Life, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Asger Ladefoged, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional, Daily Life, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Asger Ladefoged, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional, Daily Life, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "Alternative teaching What happens, when 28 schoolchildren meet the controversial Danish therapist Carl-Mar Møller and are encouraged to play freely without rules? A sixth grade class from Øster Farimagsgade, a School in Copenhagen has done it twice. They went from the posh part of central Copenhagen to muddy wildness in Kokkedal, Denmark."

 


 

 

Giulia Piermartiri & Edoardo Delille, Italy

© Giulia Piermartiri & Edoardo Delille, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Giulia Piermartiri & Edoardo Delille, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "We think we know the archetypal Trump voter. He is white, male, blue-collar, frustrated and angry. But is that really the case?"

 


 

 

Will Burrard-Lucas, UK

© Will Burrard-Lucas, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Will Burrard-Lucas, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Location: Africa @ Liuwa Plain National Park (a remote area in the West of Zambia)

 


 

 

 

Andrea Rossato, Italy

© Andrea Rossato, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Andrea Rossato, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: For the past 50 years, people from different regions of Northern Italy gather on the beach of Grado every summer for "One of the oldest tournaments in the history of humanity..."

 


 

 

Dario Mitidieri, Italy

© Dario Mitidieri, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Dario Mitidieri, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Dario Mitidieri, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Dario Mitidieri, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "Lost Family Portraits aims to tell the story of those who have lost family members in the Syrian war, and who have made their way to the refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The empty chairs or spaces in the photographs symbolize the missing family members."

 


 

 

Yuan Peng, China

© Yuan Peng, China, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Yuan Peng, China, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story:  A gymnastics dream team? Yup. Liu Bingqing and Liu Yujie are twin sisters who have practiced gymnastics since their childhood. 

 


 

 

Craig Easton, UK

© Craig Easton, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Craig Easton, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Craig Easton, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

© Craig Easton, UK, Shortlist, Professional, Portraiture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Story: "Sixteen is an ongoing project looking at the experience, dreams, aspirations and fears of sixteen year olds from all walks of life in the UK..."

 

 

You can browse through all the images here.

The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be revealed on April 20th. 

 

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