It’s the world’s biggest photography awards, garnering 227 596 entries from 183 countries for this year’s contest.
Going on those numbers alone, you can rest assured that the winners are going to be pretty spectacular.
The winners in many categories were announced last week, but given the fact that Thursday and Friday were generally spent in a state of disbelief we’ll get around to having a look now.
That picture above of some selfie snappers, by the way, took first place in Serbia and was from a Massive Attack concert.
Huff Post SA have a nice little summary of more winners below:
Winner: Camilo Diaz from Colombia
The photographer captured a crucial goal-scoring moment in an underwater rugby match.
Winner: Alessandra Meniconzi from Switzerland
A stunning wildlife shot of flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Category: Street Photography
Winner: Constantinos Sofikitis from Greece
A black and white shot of some creepiness on the street.
Winner: Jianguo Gong from China
Scale is used to stunning effect to capture more than 1300 people practicing Tai-Chi in China.
Winner: Ralph Gräf from Germany
A gorgeous yet understated color palette helped this photo win.
Over on the Atlantic they have the images in all their full-sized glory, and we’ll pluck a few from there while we’re at it – with the photographer’s description below each:
Jonatan Banista, Panama, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Cautelosa / Cautious. Taken on June 12, 2016, while working in the field, this iguana was near a small creek had done several reptile shots until I got this one
This image was captured off the coast of the island Chain of Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga. Every year humpback whales migrate thousands of kilometers from the cold oceans in the south to the warm breeding waters in the tropical islands on the South Pacific. This particular male calf was such a character and after seeing him most days over a week I finally captured an image that showed his nature and unique ‘personality’ as such.
If you have a moment to spare get exploring over on the Atlantic HERE, because we’ve only really scratched the surface above.
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