Ariel Pasini, Argentina: Dune surfer. Motocross rider surfing dunes in Villa Gesell, Argentina
Sanghamitra Sarkar, India: Indian tribal fashion. Tribal women of Gujrat in India wearing traditional silver ornaments and blessing a newly married girl.
Petra Van Borm, Belgium: Meanwhile. A young boy training hard in the pool to participate in the yearly triathlon while other kids are playing. The image was taken at Sandsbeach resort pool in Lanzarote.
Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peru: Mass hysteria. A group of red flamingos arguing.
Otieno Nyadimo, Kenya: Smile at the heavens. “Smartly dressed old man laughing towards the heavens after some good fortune.”
Nikhil Rasiwasia, India: Life is a competition. Pelicans competing for food at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore.
Mildreth Vasquez López, Colombia: Momentum
Marcio Yuzo Oshiro, Brazil: Isadora and her first smiles to the world. Isadora after bathing, happy and still adjusting to life.
Manfred Voss, Germany: Silver. Image shot in Northern Norway
Julian Ghahreman-Rad, Austria: Rush Hour. “In late summer the European hamster gets ready for hibernation. He fills up his pouches with grains, roots, plants or insects and transports them into his food chamber.
José María Perez, Argentina: Giraffe. (Digital manipulation.) A giant giraffe crossing Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires
Hendy Lie, Indonesia: Fighting. “I captured this photo of a crocodile and lizard battling. The crocodile was sunbathing when the lizard suddenly attacked.”
These are some of the stunning images in the running for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards – with many capturing breathtaking shots of mother nature at her finest in the likes of Switzerland and Canada. Last year’s competition attracted over 173,000 entries from 171 countries. Entries will be accepted until January 5, 2016.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.