18 Magnificent Entries for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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We've covered numerous photo competitions before because we love photography and the standard of both winners and nominees are always incredible. Even though we are still in 2014 thousands of entires have already been entered into the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

These 18 awesome entries are taken from the open category. The cool thing about the open category is that literally anyone can submit a photograph so if you think you have a photo worthy of a place in this list then get entering here.

The Trace of an Ancient Glacier

ancient glacier

Photo by Miquel Ángel Artús Illana, Spain

Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley. What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in Autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable.”

“Hi…. Who Are You?”

bird photography

Photo by Georg May, Germany

Blue Tit Looking at it’s Reflection in Some Water.”

Blaak

blaak

Photo by Cor Boers, Netherlands

Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”: high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shapedpylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.”

Covered

covered

Photo by Courtney Colantonio-Ray, USA

So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo. But when it is covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it is finally uncovered.”

Desert Dawn

desert dawn

Photo by Gareth Lowndes, New Zealand

About 30 minutes after sunrise a hot air balloon is captured in the distance beginning it’s decent to land in a camel farm. The image was shot while floating over the dunes in a chase balloon.”

Dinner

dinner

Photo by Kyle Breckenridge, Canada

The mother and the cub are Spirit Bears or Kermode bear a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Colombia, Canada. These bears are rarer than the Panda Bear in the wild.”

Dog Fight

dog fight

Photo by Cioplea Vlad, Romania

This is exactly the moment when Romanian YAK Team is breaking the formation just in front of the public at Bucharest International Air Show. At that moment they look just like they are haunting each other.”

Hamer man

hamer man

Photo by Diego Arroyo Méndez, Spain

A Hamer man collecting wood to build a defensive fence for the cattle in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.”

Holi

holi

Photo by Ioulia Chvetsova, France

Hindu devotees throw vivid color at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers.”

In a Crowd of King Penguins

king penguins

Photo by Lisa Vaz, Portugal

King Penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence. They are very beautiful, gracious and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe. This image aims to capture and reflect how gracious and colorful wildlife can be even at the ends of the Earth.”

Morning Hour

morning hour

Photo by Georg May, Germany

A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only look fascinated.”

Orangutan in The Rain

orangutan-in-the-rain

Photo by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia

“I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment. Image location: Bali, Indonesia”

Shadow Of Time

shadow of time

Photo by Bao Vu, Vietnam

The Old Teacher In Hanoi, VietNam.”

Step By Step

step by step

Photo by Ralf Wendrich, Germany

A staircase in Berlin, reduced to the essential.”

The Morning Ritual

the morning ritual

Photo by Nick Ng, Malaysia

A man washes his feet before bathing in the early morning in the Hooghly River, part of the holy Ganges River in Kolkata, India.”

Timeless Affection

timeless affection

Photo by Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia

“Fina (the girl in the picture) is the younger of my two daughters. Fina used to be scared of cat, which was the reason why we decided to adopt two kittens. We wanted Fina to learn how to live with cats, how to hold them, how to care for them and how to treat them as family members to help her overcome her fear. Now we can proudly say she did! Day by day, 7 months passed by and today Fiona and the cats are best friends, and love and care for each other. In this picture I wanted to show how gracefully they’re together in a frame with Leon, one of her babies.”

Times Are Hard For Dreamers

times are hard for dreamers

Photo by Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia

“Woman suspended in a mass of feathers.”

Vigorous Touch of the Morning

touch of morning

Photo by Jubair Bin Iqbal, Bangladesh

A Hindu monk is walking in a foggy winter morning of a mango garden of Dinajpur.”

source: worldphoto.orgFacebook

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