The Open competition saw winners selected in 10 categories, with all photography enthusiasts eligible to enter.
Each of the 10 winners will see their work displayed in an exhibition at London’s Somerset House from May 1 to May 18. They will also received a Sony camera and see their pictures published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
The category winners will now compete with one another for the title of Open Photographer of the Year, which brings a reward of US $5,000.
Nigel Atherton, who chaired the prize’s jury, said: “Photography is a language that transcends national borders and cultures, race, gender and social background.
“No two of this yearâs Open category winners are from the same country but all share the ability to visually interpret the world around them in a unique and captivating way. The winning and shortlisted images demonstrate this gift with aplomb.”
Three young photographers were also recognised in the youth category, open to those under the age of 20.
They also won a camera and will see their work exhibited in the book and at Somerset House.
The awards featured entrants from a total of 38 different countries.