12 Amazing Photos from the 2016 Sony Photography Awards

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The 2016 Sony World Photography Award have just started taking entries and the organisers have just shared some of the most amazing entries so far. Last year there were 173,000 entries from 171 countries and this years promises to be even bigger and better. The competition will be taking entries until January 5, 2016.

1. Rush Hour. In late summer the European hamster gets ready for hibernation.

Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Austria, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Austria, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

2. Evening mood at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomiti di Sesto, Italy.

Stefan Achorner, Austria, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Stefan Achorner, Austria, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

3. Mass hysteria. A group of red flamingos arguing.

Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peru, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peru, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

4. "This image was taken on my (cracked) iPhone on board a flight from Oslo, Norway, into London Heathrow on July 28, 2015."

Maria Farrelly, UK, Architecture, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Maria Farrelly, UK, Architecture, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

5. Isadora after bathing, happy and still adjusting to life.

Marcio Yuzo Oshiro, Brazil, Smile, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Marcio Yuzo Oshiro, Brazil, Smile, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

6. Fighting. "I captured this photo of a crocodile and lizard battling. The crocodile was sunbathing when the lizard suddenly attacked."

Hendy Lie, Indonesia, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Hendy Lie, Indonesia, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

7. Smile at the heavens.

Otieno Nyadimo, Kenya, Smile, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Otieno Nyadimo, Kenya, Smile, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

8. Motocross rider surfing dunes in Villa Gesell, Argentina.

Ariel Pasini, Argentina, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Ariel Pasini, Argentina, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

9. Momentum.

Mildreth Vasquez López, Colombia, Arts & Culture, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Mildreth Vasquez López, Colombia, Arts & Culture, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

10. Life is a competition. Pelicans competing for food at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore.

Nikhil Rasiwasia, India, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Nikhil Rasiwasia, India, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

11. A young boy training hard in the pool to participate in the yearly triathlon while other kids are playing, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Petra Van Borm, Belgium, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Petra Van Borm, Belgium, Split Second, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

12. Silver. Landscape in nothern Norway.

Manfred Voss, Germany, Travel, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Manfred Voss, Germany, Travel, Open, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

h/t theatlantic.com