The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition created by the World Photography Organisation, announces the winners of its Open and Youth competitions. A record-breaking 230,103 photographs from over 186 countries were entered into the awards’ three competitions (Professional, Open and Youth) and the ten Open and three Youth winners were selected from a total of 103,005 entries. Each winning image was chosen as the single best shot in its category and was judged by an expert panel chaired by Jael Marschner, former picture editor Time Out London / Sunday Times Travel.

Kei Nomiyana, Japan, Winner, Open Competition, Low Light

Alexandre Meneghini, Brazil, Winner, Open Competition, People

The winners will now compete to win the title of the overall Open or Youth Photographer of the Year, which will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 21st April.

Alex Ingle, UK, Winner, Open, Smile

Andrej Tarfila, Slovenia, Winner, Open Competition, Travel

Chaiyot Chanyam, Thailand, Winner, Open Competition, Split Second

Filip Wolak, Poland, Winner Open Competition, Architecture

Markus Van Hauten, Germany, Winner, Open Competition, Panoramic

Sam Delaware, United States, Winner, Youth Competition, Portraiture

Anais Stupka, Italy, Winner, Youth Competition, Environment

Swee Choo Oh, Malaysia, Winner, Open Competition, Arts and Culture

Sepehr Jamshidi Fard, Iran, Winner, Youth Competition, Culture

Pedro Diaz Molins, Spain, Winner, Open Competition, Enhanced

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