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Our Shortlist for Sony's 2016 World Photography Awards

Take a look at our picks for the best images in this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

Credit: Sai Aung Main, Myanmar, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Credit: Sai Aung Main

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Sony has announced this year's "shortlist" (or finalists) for the Sony World Photography Awards. These finalists were selected from a record-breaking 230,103 entries from 186 countries–the highest number of entries in the awards’ nine year history. These photographers are competing to win their category and the overall Professional, Open and Youth photographer of the Year titles–not to mention a share of the $30,000 prize pool.

This year saw a 57 percent increase in entrants from the United States alone. Of the American entrants, 16 made the shortlist, with an additional seven photographers of other nationalities that are based in the US.

All the shortlisted photographers will have their work shown in London as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in April and May, and get published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to kick off the exhibition on April 21.

We combed through the 353 finalist photos to choose the 15 that we thought best represented the finalists. More information about the awards can be found on the World Photography Organisation website.

Credit: Prakash Singh, India, Shortlist, Professional Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Prakash Singh

Credit: Prakash Singh, India, Shortlist, Professional Landscape, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards/Getty
Credit: Andrew Burton

Credit: Andrew Burton, United States, Shortlist, Professional , Current Affairs, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards/Getty

Credit: Sai Aung Main, Myanmar, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Sai Aung Main

Credit: Sai Aung Main, Myanmar, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Liu Chengliang, China, Shortlist, Professional , Candid, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Liu Chengliang

Credit: Liu Chengliang, China, Shortlist, Professional , Candid, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Stefan Liebermann, Germany, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Stefan Liebermann

Credit: Stefan Liebermann, Germany, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Franck Tridon, France, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Franck Tridon

Credit: Franck Tridon, France, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan, Shortlist, Professional , Still Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Hiroshi Watanabe

Credit: Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan, Shortlist, Professional , Still Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Ramadhan Sinclair, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Ramadhan Sinclair

Credit: Ramadhan Sinclair, Malaysia, Shortlist, Youth Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Wai Lam Cheng, Hong Kong Shortlist Youth Portrait 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Wai Lam Cheng

Credit: Wai Lam Cheng, Hong Kong Shortlist Youth Portrait 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Markus van Hauten, Germany, Shortlist, Open Panoramic, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Markus van Hauten

Credit: Markus van Hauten, Germany, Shortlist, Open Panoramic, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, Shortlist, Professional Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Mohammed Yousef

Credit: Mohammed Yousef, Kuwait, Shortlist, Professional Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Patrick Sinkel, Germany, Shortlist, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Patrick Sinkel

Credit: Patrick Sinkel, Germany, Shortlist, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Kamil Wojtyla, Poland, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Kamil Wojtyla

Credit: Kamil Wojtyla, Poland, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Ivana Pejak, Serbia, Shortlist, Youth Portrait, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Ivana Pejak

Credit: Ivana Pejak, Serbia, Shortlist, Youth Portrait, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Credit: Dmitri Beliakov, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Professional , Portraiture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Credit: Dmitri Beliakov

Credit: Dmitri Beliakov, Russian Federation, Shortlist, Professional , Portraiture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

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