These breath-taking images are all entries into this year’s Sony World Photography Awards and it’s easy to see why they made the cut.
"On the Tundra" by Simon Morris — People, Open Competition
A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.
"Sweat and Blood" by Marcin Kloce — Sport, Professional Competition
The photographs show a training session of sumo wrestlers from Miyagino stable in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo. The training was a very unique event as it was attended by Yokozuna Akuho Sho, who presented his master skills by taking part in several regular fights, all of which he obviously won. Special emphasis was put on showing how demanding sumo is an dhow fit and flexible the wrestlers are, what could be a surprise to those, who would judge them only by their appearance.
"Exuberance" by Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson — Smile, Open Competition
"Frog Story" by Harfian Herdi — Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition
"Old Shepherd" by Saeed Barikani — People, Open Competition
An old Shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan's countrysides in the north of Iran.
"Pray" by Muhammad Berkati — Arts & Culture, Open Competition
Taken in Bromo Indonesia.
"Underwater Grace" by Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong — Sport, Professional Competition
The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronized swimming team trainings in Singapore.
"Blue Fields" by Simon Butterworth — Landscape, Professional Competition
The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft. The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths. Time of day and cloud cover were also critical, the abstract effect being heightened by complete lack of signifying shadow.
"First Sight" by Brent Stirton — Contemporary Issues, Professional Competition
WEST BENGAL, INDIA 21 OCTOBER 2013: Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, are born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. They must accompany their parents everywhere as they cannot be left alone without risk. The surgery to cure this is simple and takes 15 minutes but because of the level of poverty in this family they have been unable to pursue the necessary operation. India has more than 12 million blind, the majority of which suffer from cataract blindness. Poverty is the main reason these millions of people are trapped in this condition. Donor funding has recently enabled both sisters to finally go for this operation. This essay is an attempt to tell the story of their lives before surgery, during the operation to regain their sight and after as they begin to discover light.
"Headless" by Adrian Jaszczak — Arts & Culture, Open Competition
Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.
Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova — Lifestyle, Professional Competition
"Pelican Feeding" by Melissa Little — Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition
These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australian and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal.
"Everland Korea" by Julia Fullerton-Batten — Lifestyle, Professional Competition
Everland is the largest theme park in Korea. This is the open shower in Caribbean Bay.
"Berlin on Ice" by Alexander Klebe — Panoramic, Open Competition
It's a Sunday in February and one of the rare occasions, when he Rummelsburger Bucht in Berlin, a sidearm of the Spree river, is completely frozen. So people start to explore the new place and some even find a business opportunity selling grog.
"Discipline" by Tarek Touma — Split Second, Open Competition
Camels salt caravans carving their way into the Afar Danakil desert, what a beautiful military walk, more than 150 km crossed everyday following the same lines, carrying extracted salt from lake Assal to Mekele and other destinations even in 55 degree celsius of heat where machines fail, these camels don't. Amazing that the salt road is more than 2000 years old.
"Ukraine. Kiev. Euromaidan" by Vladyslav Musiienko — Current Affairs, Professional Competition
Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine on October 2, 2014.
"Ganges, Death of a River" by Giulio di Sturco — Landscape, Professional Competition
Hindu devotees’ along the banks of the river Ganges get ready to soak in the water of the sacred river, India, in 2008.
"The Theater" by Krishan Bansal — Environment, Youth Competition
Just me, observing the stars above ancient sandstone landscape of Arches National Park. It's amazing how when we view our earthly environment in its natural state, the more alien it becomes. Single exposure, no composites.