Sony World Photography Awards 2024: The year’s best images unveiled

Sony World Photography Awards 2024: The year’s best images unveiled



CNN
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Images of a rhino in captivity, a Slovakian spa facility and a German finger wrestling champion are among the finalists and shortlisted entries in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

A total of 30 finalists were chosen across the competition’s 10 professional categories, which span portraiture, sport, landscape and the environment, with a further three to seven photographers shortlisted in each category.

The winners will be announced in April and an exhibition of the photos is set to go on display at London’s Somerset House.

The World Photography Awards organizes several different competitions each year, including youth and student prizes, with its national and regional winners unveiled last month. This year’s program attracted over 395,000 images, according to a press release. A representative for the World Photography Organization declined to tell CNN how many of those photos were eligible for the professional contest, but said that they had received the highest number of entries in the competition’s 17-year history.

In a press statement, jury chair Monica Allende lauded the “diverse, high-quality and creative spectrum” of this year’s selection. “The jury was captivated by the passionate storytelling; capturing both the joys and the challenges of human existence across our planet,” she added.

Scroll down to see a selection of finalists and shortlisted entries in this year’s awards.

Karol Pałka was recognized in the architecture and design category for her project looking at the role spa facilities play in Slovakian community life.
Malaysian photographer Nick Ng was one of seven people shortlisted in the architecture and design category.
An image from Sujata Setia's project about the survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’s South Asian community,
Diana-Cheren-Nygren was shortlisted in the competition's creative category.
An image by Brent Stirton shows two trans women who fled harsh anti-LGBTQ laws in Uganda and are now living in a safe house in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jens Juul's photo from the Roskilde festival in Denmark.
An image from photographer Maurizio Di Pietro's project
Katie Orlinksy's image of a woman processing a caribou in Alaska's Anaktuvuk Pass.
Eddo Hartmann’s series
An aerial shot by Ekrem Sahin was shortlisted in the landscape category.
Angelika Kollin's series
Adali Schell was nominated in the portraiture category for portraying his friends in their first cars.
Chinese photographer Liang Chen was nominated for
A photo by Angelika Jakob shows Josef Utzschneider, light heavyweight champion in the German finger wrestling championship.
An image by James Rokop, official photographer for the USA Artistic Swimming team.
Beth Galton combined tree bark and
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Haider Khan documented two rhinos in captivity in Germany and India.
Lukas Zeman's shot captures a pair of desert foxes.
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