Following 320,000 submissions from more than 200 countries and territories, the winners of the Sony World Photo Awards 2018 have been announced.After a record-breaking number of entries, the judges have revealed the 10 winners of the Open Awards, and 70 winners of the National Awards. The photographers will receive equipment from Sony and the winners of the Open Awards will go on to find out the overall winner on April 19 with a prize of $5,000 on offer.
Reflecting the global nature of the competition, the diversity of the photographs is striking. Winners range from intimate portraits, digital composites, stunning landscapes, and remarkable wildlife photographs. You can see some of my favorites below but be sure to check out galleries of all of the winners at the Sony World Photo Awards website. Alternatively, you can see them on display at Somerset House, London between April 20 and May 6.
Lead image: Crop of "Bread Carrier" by Nather AlAsyf, 2018
Kargily girl from Ladakh-Kashmir carrying bread for her family at early morning.Copyright: © Nather AlAsyf, Saudi Arabia, Commended, Open Culture and Winner, Saudi Arabia National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.