Sony World Photography Awards – The incredible winners

A paper boat bobs along a fabric sea in this surreal picture. (Sergey Dibtsev)

(Yahoo News) – The first winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced.

10 extraordinary pictures have been selected as the winners of the ‘Open’ category of the competition, selected from a pool of more than 100,000 entries.

Journalist and photographer Damien Deomolder, chair of the Open competition, said: ‘It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to be exposed to such a volume of great work, and a privilege too that I could share in the personal moments, the joys, tears, life and losses of photographers from all around the globe who recorded their experiences through their pictures.’

The winners of the National Awards, a global contest to find best images taken by photographers in 66 countries, have also been announced.

This year the competition expanded to Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.

Here are some of the most spectacular pictures, taken by both amateur and professional photographers.

Sony World Photography Awards Final

A flamingo is perfectly reflected in glassy water. (Steiner Wang)
A flamingo is perfectly reflected in glassy water. (Steiner Wang)

The final shortlist has been revealed for the world’s biggest photography competition. Hundreds of thousands of entries were submitted by photographers from 186 countries, and 270 images made it onto the shortlist across the Open, Professional and Youth categories. The pictures capture snapshots of life across the globe, from intimate personal moments, to huge sporting achievements, to explosive breaking news events. For the shortlist, the judges have chosen those they felt demonstrated originality and empathy.

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