The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist has been announced. This year competition was a record breaking in number of submissions of 139,544 images from 166 countries.  These record breaking entries were divided into three main category or groups they are PROFESSIONAL, OPEN, and YOUTH shortlists. Each group had a sub-category but the PROFESSIONAL and OPEN had a wide range of sub-category that you might think of.

This is just a shortlist of a huge collection of photos to capture your imagination, we highly recommend that you check the World Photography Organisation website for more information about The Pictures and The Photographers and know the story behind every images on the site.

“Winners of this year’s Awards will be revealed at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 30 April in London.”

A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng, Singapore – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Nature subcategory
A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng, Singapore – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Nature subcategory
Pilgrims and devotees cross pontoon bridges at the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years in India. © Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany –  2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Travel Subcategory.
Pilgrims and devotees cross pontoon bridges at the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years in India. © Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Travel Subcategory.
A muddy face from the mud bath, going into the lake. © Alpay Erdem, Turkey – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Smile subcategory.
A muddy face from the mud bath, going into the lake. © Alpay Erdem, Turkey – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Smile subcategory.
Big Cat, Little Cat – is an advertising campaign for Whiskas cat food. © George Logan, UK – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Campaign Subcategory.
Big Cat, Little Cat – is an advertising campaign for Whiskas cat food. © George Logan, UK – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Campaign Subcategory.
That’s dance. © Hasan Baglar, Cyprus – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Cyprus , Open Category, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.
That’s dance. © Hasan Baglar, Cyprus – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Cyprus , Open Category, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.
Group cow race, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, which has 400 years of history. © YongSheng Zheng, China – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Sport subcategory.
Group cow race, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, which has 400 years of history. © YongSheng Zheng, China – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Sport subcategory.
Aerial image of river delta in Iceland. © Emmanuel Coupe, Greece – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Landscape subcategory.
Aerial image of river delta in Iceland. © Emmanuel Coupe, Greece – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Landscape subcategory.
Destiny Pierman, 13 collects belongings from the damaged bedroom of her home after tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. © Melissa Golden, USA – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Current Affairs subcategory.
Destiny Pierman, 13 collects belongings from the damaged bedroom of her home after tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. © Melissa Golden, USA – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Professional Category, Current Affairs subcategory.
Homebound. Homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh. © Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Split Second Subcategory.
Homebound. Homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh. © Ata Mohammad Adnan, Bangladesh – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist, Open Category, Split Second Subcategory.
An overhead view, from the skies above Poland. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Landscape Subcategory.
An overhead view, from the skies above Poland. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Landscape Subcategory.
Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Contemporary Issues subcategory.
Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China. © Kacper Kowalski, Poland – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Contemporary Issues subcategory.
A polar bear at Svalbard, Norway. © Wilfred Berthelsen, Norway – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Travel subcategory.
A polar bear at Svalbard, Norway. © Wilfred Berthelsen, Norway – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Category, Travel subcategory.
The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. © Nicolas Reusens, Sweden – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Open Competition, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.
The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. © Nicolas Reusens, Sweden – 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Open Competition, Nature & Wildlife Subcategory.

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