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The world’s largest, the Sony World Photography Awards is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2017, and the deadline for entry is fast approaching. The highly respected competition are accepting entries in the professional category until January 10, 2017. Last year there were a whopping 230,103 photography entries in the competition. There are four categories for entry – Professional, Open, Youth, and Student – for those studying photography. The competition is judged by a respected panel of photography experts including museum curators, respected photo editors, creative directors and other industry luminaries.

The curator chairing the Professional section of the competition, Zelda Cheatle says: “I will be looking for originality of thought and execution, clarity of vision—a clear concept that translates well into pictures on the wall or on the screen. Simplicity, good craftsmanship and sometimes its wit, or compassion, ingenuity, luck or good judgement—but a good picture always stops you in your tracks.”

The chosen winners will receive the latest Sony digital imaging equipment as well as a $25,000 prize (£18,900) for the overall winner.

All winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited as part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 21 – May 7, 2017.

Bear Apartment Six by Alexandra Cearns, Australia

Bear Apartment Six by Alexandra Cearns, Australia

Equilibrium by Jose MarÌa Perez, Argentina

Equilibrium by Jose MarÌa Perez, Argentina

Manta by Daniel Hunter, UK

Manta by Daniel Hunter, UK

Paper Mill’Waste by Jassen Todorov, US

Paper Mill’Waste by Jassen Todorov, US

Peacocking by Satvik Bhatt, India

Peacocking by Satvik Bhatt, India

Politechnika Warszawska by Lorenzo Linthout, Italy

Politechnika Warszawska by Lorenzo Linthout, Italy

Soar in the blue by Zuorong Li, China

Soar in the blue by Zuorong Li, China

The Dinagyang Festival of the Philippines by Raniel Jose CastaÒeda, Philippines

The Dinagyang Festival of the Philippines by Raniel Jose CastaÒeda, Philippines

The Flower Keepers by Ellie Victoria Gale, UK

The Flower Keepers by Ellie Victoria Gale, UK

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