The Sony World Photography Awards recently announced the shortlisted stunning winners from across all categories for its 2018 competition. The competition received a record number of entries this year, with photographers from over 200 countries and territories entering nearly 320,000 images, a 40 per cent increase on 2017. The awards cover four separate competitions – Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus – which are themselves categorised into areas such as Architecture, Contemporary Issues, Landscape, Portraiture, and Travel.

The shortlisted photographers are now competing for category titles as well as the Photographer of the Year, with a $25,000 award in the professional category and a $5,000 award in the open. Category winners will receive gear from the contest sponsor, Sony, while in the student focus contest, the winner will garner imaging equipment for their school. Overall winners are scheduled to be announced on April 19.

Yilan Song

Yilan Song

Witold Ziomek

Witold Ziomek

Wiebke Haas

Wiebke Haas

Wenjie Qiao

Wenjie Qiao

Varun Thota

Varun Thota

Tom Way

Tom Way

Tina Signesdottir Hult

Tina Signesdottir Hult

Riyas Muhammed

Riyas Muhammed

Raed Ammari

Raed Ammari

Pedro Fernandez Aguado

Pedro Fernandez Aguado

Paul DHaese

Paul DHaese

Nigel Hodson

Nigel Hodson

Manish Mamtani

Manish Mamtani

Kyoko Takemura

Kyoko Takemura

Jin Xu

Jin Xu

James Monnington

James Monnington

Isabelle Bacher

Isabelle Bacher

Huibo Hou

Huibo Hou

Emma Spencer

Emma Spencer

Corey Arnold

Corey Arnold

Carlos DeLaRosa

Carlos DeLaRosa

Anshul Mehrotra

Anshul Mehrotra

Anastasia Vasylenko

Anastasia Vasylenko

Alejandro Marquez Perez

Alejandro Marquez Perez

Adam Pretty

Adam Pretty

Adam Pintar

Adam Pintar

More info: The Sony World Photography Awards 2018