Monks looked up at the magnificent night sky filled with thousands of lanterns in awe. Yi Peng lantern festival is meant as a time for tham bun to make merit. This was the moment I've been waiting for and it lasted very quickly due to strong wind. A very heavy downpour occurred right after we left the place. The lanterns were made of organic materials.
Ng Chai Hock, Singapore, Shortlist, Arts and Culture, Open competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
"Of the Tiger and Turtle" is a work of art on an industrial landmark. In the background you can see a steel mill.
Peter Mysticdidge Plorin, Germany, Shortlist, Architecture, Open 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Usain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States and Tyson Gay of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.
Adam Pretty, Australia, Finalist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards/Getty Images
Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festivals. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
Anurag Kumar, India, Arts and Culture, Shortlist, Arts and Culture, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
A group of 20-30 men and women with 12 horses and sleighs will travel during three days, crossing snowed roads and iced lakes, to reach to reach the opening day of R¯ros winter fair in Norway. A Royal decree of 1853 states that from 1854 onwards a yearly market shall be held in R¯ros, commencing the second last Tuesday in the month of February, lasting until the following Friday.ù Every year more than 200 people will travel to R¯ross as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Agurtxane Concellon, Norway, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013
A little girls walks home after school in this muslim city- Seen from the inside of a taxi for the reportage "Cities from a Taxi".
Daniel Duart, Spain, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
From Series: Four More Years: The 2013 Barack Obama Campaign
Scout Tufankjian, United States, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition, 2013
Project: Honkey Kong - a 2d platform game tribute. Shot on location in Hong Kong. Images were shot from skyscrapers toward the ground, using a telephoto lens to make the image as flat as possible to make it look like a platform game.
Christian Aslund, Sweden, Finalist, Campaign, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
Ghoramara island is located on a delta region in West Bengal. Due to the dramatic increase in sea level, resulting from the effects global warming since the 1960s, the shores of this island are being perpetually washed away. Since the 1980s more than 50% of the territory has vanished due to erosion by the sea. Many of the people still living on the island are farmers and fishermen who depend on the islandís resources for their livelihoods. According to a civil servant I met, in 20-25 years the Indian government could abolish the island and has already formulated a plan to evacuate villagers to another island named Sagar. However, this evacuation plan does not ensure any financial support or compensation for those having to relocate their lives. I situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island. There will come a day when these people will have no choice but to move out of their homeland.
Milky Way, looking like a giant tree atop of the mountain near Ush Konyr plateau
Elmar Akhmetov, Kazakhstan, Shortlist, Low Light, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
14 giraffes flee after spotting lions in hunting mode.
Frederick van Heerden, South Africa, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The last pollen spore preparing to leave a ladybug trying to hold on, because it didn't want to be alone.
Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The southern winter sky shows off its best in this 240 degree view of the Milky Way behind the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Both Magellanic clouds are visible on the left, while the central bulge of our own galaxy contrasts with the warm glow of light pollution from the nearby town.
Florian Breuer, South Africa, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The Australian Mens Olympic Waterpolo Team are photographed in an empty Bondi Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach on May 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Aussie Sharks as they are known were finalsing their preperations for the 2012 London Olympic Games when I asked them to pose in an famous ocean pool...with the twist of it being empty.
Ryan Pierse, Australia,Finalist, Sport, Professional competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards/ Getty Images
The twins Laura and Bel√n on the day of their fifteenth birthday celebration. In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity.
Myriam Meloni, Italy, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
A young boy is supported as he fires a fully automatic machine gun. Safety regulations at OFASTS are extremely tight with all shooters carefully monitored by exhibitors.
Pete Muller, United States, Finalist, People, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
All my high speed pictures are single shots without any Photoshop manipulation. I only adjust the levels of contrast. Some little sprinkles are cleaned with PS. That's all the processing.
Markus Reugels, Germany, Shortlist Split Second Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
The calm of both human and animal. The things we miss as we are preparing. My partner was getting her flippers on and I was already prepared and ready to get in so I swam out to see if I could get this shot, I could have never imagined that in a million years I would have a turtle just cruising by at the moment I stuck my head under. How blessed.
Nathan Wills, Australia, Shortlist, Travel, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards
For these images I used a high-speed laser sensor positioned immediately in front of the plant where the treefrogs were.
Series made with two species of tree frogs in southern Brazil. These amazing animals jump to escape predators and catch their prey.
Hudson Garcia, Brazil, Finalist, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards
Mehmet Karaca, Turkey, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition, 2013