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In pictures: 2020 Sony World Photography Awards winners revealed

Over 345,000 images were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 competition and over 135,000 were entered across the Professional competition's 10 categories - the highest number of entries to date, images from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait won competitions across 63 countries.

In pictures: 2020 Sony World Photography Awards winners revealed

Image Name: The Hero

Photographer Name: Riyas Muhammed

Year: 2020

Image Description: Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

Copyright: Riyas Muhammed, India, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Horse Motion

Photographer Name: Abbas Alkhamis

Year: 2020

Image Description: A horse breeder plays a horse in one of the stables of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Copyright: Abbas Alkhamis, Saudi Arabia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Pulp Fiction

Photographer Name: Adil Javed

Year: 2020

Image Description: Big fan of Uma Thurman, bigger fan of Quentin Tarantino & ofcourse, Pulp Fiction is love. Recreated this iconic look, keeping in mind the original concept.

Copyright: Adil Javed, Pakistan, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Dubai

Photographer Name: Antonio Bernardino Coelho

Year: 2020

Image Description: Based on an image of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and surrounding skyline in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this still life was made out of staples of various sizes. The staples were positioned on black glass with a black background, and lit via three independent sources.

Copyright: Antonio Bernardino Coelho, Portugal, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Light Shadow and the Guards

Photographer Name: F. Dilek Uyar

Year: 2020

Image Description: From the hard and dusty journey of sheep herd in Bitlis Turkey. I went to Bitlis to take photos in that city and take this in that period . Sheep has a great impartance in Bitlis. It was really hard to take these photos. Sheep has a great impartance in Bitlis. This photo is like a pastoral symphony . 

Copyright: F. Dilek Uyar, Turkey, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Silma

Photographer Name: Abdulla AL-Mushaifri

Year: 2020

Image Description: A Portrait photo for a young girl from Oman, wearing her traditional cloths

Copyright: Abdulla AL-Mushaifri, Oman, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Lucy

Photographer Name: Agostina Valle Saggio

Year: 2020

Image Description: Portrait of Lucy, 2019

Copyright: Agostina Valle Saggio, Argentina, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: That’s Nothing to Laugh About 

Photographer Name: Adam Stevenson

Year: 2020

Image Description: This image was taken with my iPhone X close to my home at Wallabi Point, New South Wales, Australia, after devastating bushfires swept through the area. As I watched the sun set through the smoke a kookaburra appeared and allowed me to walk right up to it. We shared a moment, watching the sun fade behind the apocalyptic scene… he was laughing.

Copyright: Adam Stevenson, Australia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Cyclists

Photographer Name: Steven Meert

Year: 2020

Image Description: Shot at training session in the Eddy Merckx cyclist race track.

Copyright: Steven Meert, Belgium, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Melina_ Black and White

Photographer Name: Matthias Pall

Year: 2020

Image Description: "Real beauty is connected to your inner world, it is something that comes from your inside"

Copyright: Matthias Pall, Austria, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Reminiscence

Photographer Name: Tonmoy Adhikary

Year: 2020

Image Description: 'Black And White'

This photo is about someone I know who loves watching movies a lot. His love and affection of watching movies started when he was a little kid, in the era of VCR player. Today, in the age of modern day technology, the VCR player is now nearly extinct. But there are people even to this days who cherish those vintage ever loved devices and their priceless memories.

This photo is in Black and white in three different ways. 
First, the photo itself is Black&White, Second, the VCR cassette in the photo is black and the eyes are white. And Third, there used to be a white piece of paper labeled on the cassette to write down the name of the film or content.

Copyright: Tonmoy Adhikary, Bangladesh, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Calmness

Photographer Name: Bun Chan

Year: 2020

Image Description: Calmness is a simple word, but broad term and people try to find it based on external stories to fill in inner peace. The lake is clear because of the calm at the bottom of the lake Even though the wind is blowing, it is clear when the wind stops blowing but the lake will be murky Even without the wind if the bottom of the lake is rough.

It is also with the human mind that peace is from within and when our mind is at rest, everything around us calms itself.

Copyright: Bun Chan, Cambodia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Dance and urbex

Photographer Name: Alejandro Cifuentes

Year: 2020

Image Description: Ballet dance inside an old building

Copyright: Alejandro Cifuentes, Chile, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Sunset

Photographer Name: Atanas Chulev

Year: 2020

Image Description: The photo was taken in one of the excavated tunnels and galleries during the First World War. Most of them can be seen on Via Ferrata De Luca-Innerkofler, but it is advisable to go with the Via Ferrata kit.

Copyright: Atanas Chulev, Bulgaria, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Afrocentrípeta

Photographer Name: Matheus Leite Ferreira

Year: 2020

Image Description: This work illustrates the narrative of union between black peoples, who were trafficked and enslaved in Brazil for 3 centuries.

It is a portrait of the symbiosis and metamorphosis, which occurred here in Brazil, between the black people of the most different regions and cultures of Africa.

Despite all the cuts and lashes, there is an afro-centripetal force that changes us, but also keeps our ancestral ligature.

Copyright: Matheus Leite Ferreira, Brazil, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Young Eagle Hunter Lady

Photographer Name: Kyaw Bo Bo Han

Year: 2020

Image Description: this photo is taken in Olgii Provinces, Mongolia. they are hunting with eagles and Normally they stay at the border of Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Each October, Kazakh eagle hunting customs are displayed at the annual Golden Eagle Festival. Although the Kazakh government has made efforts to lure the practitioners of these Kazakh traditions back to Kazakhstan, most Kazakhs have remained in Mongolia.

Copyright: Kyaw Bo Bo Han, Myanmar, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Veil of Remembrance

Photographer Name: Kozjak Boris

Year: 2020

Image Description: Tanja is her name, under the veil.

Taken 7.6.2019. in Virovitica, Northern Croatia.

Copyright: Kozjak Boris, Croatia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Building

Photographer Name: Liliana Ochoa

Year: 2020

Image Description: Workers assemble an iron structure during the construction of a building in Medellín, Colombia. This is a common scene in urban areas, and reflects the overflowing and uncontrolled growth of modern cities.

Copyright: Liliana Ochoa, Colombia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Alien Beach

Photographer Name: Qiyi Chen

Year: 2020

Image Description: Las Salinas de Torrevieja, a pink Lake in Spain. A large number of algae make the lake water pink,a large number of salt make the beach white. Looking from a high place, you will wonder if we are still on the earth?

Copyright: Qiyi Chen, China, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Another Self

Photographer Name: Tianhu Yuan

Year: 2020

Image Description: Another Self is an image from my ongoing project about Nijigen teenagers in China.

Copyright: Tianhu Yuan, China, 1st Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: An instant world

Photographer Name: Sutie Yang

Year: 2020

Image Description: Freezing temperatures freeze the ground outside the Seljalandsfoss in southern Iceland. I went inside the waterfall and found this little world. The aurora danced outside the cave, for a moment, as if it contained the whole universe.

Copyright: Sutie Yang, China, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Sonia Suhl

Photographer Name: Inger Rønnenfelt

Year: 2020

Image Description: I did stills on a Danish filmstudents film "Wolf" and this portrait of actress Sonia Suhl is one of those I found very special. The film is in black and white - as were all my photos. It was such a joy to make.

Copyright: Inger Rønnenfelt, Denmark, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Johan Maurits van Nassau

Photographer Name: Jeroen Adema & Tryntsje Nauta

Year: 2020

Image Description: This photo is part of a series, where we combined stories from the past with a modern element.

In this photo you see Johan Maurits van Nassau (1604-1679), the ruler of the German principality of Nassau-Siegen. At the age of sixteen he became a soldier in the army of the Dutch Republic. Eventually he becomes field marshal. In 1664 Johan Maurits comes to Leeuwarden for the funeral of his nephew, the Frisian governor Willem Frederik. On the way back he falls with his horse in Franeker through a bridge in the city centre. The accident is almost fatal for him.

We photographed him in the modern day canal, on the exact same spot he fell through in 1664.

Copyright: Jeroen Adema & Tryntsje Nauta, Netherlands, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: MELANCOLÍA

Photographer Name: Esteban Montero

Year: 2020

Copyright: Esteban Montero, Ecuador, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: The look

Photographer Name: Kristiina Tammik

Year: 2020

Image Description: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever retrieving a duck to the hunter.

Copyright: Kristiina Tammik, Estonia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Wondering monkey

Photographer Name: Jan Simon

Year: 2020

Image Description: I was amazed by this creature while traveling through Indonesia. When I was in a place called Monkey Forest, I spot this monkey just sitting there and wondering about the world.

It's incredible, how same we are.

Copyright: Jan Simon, Czech Republic, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Emptiness

Photographer Name: Iraklis Kougemitros

Year: 2020

Image Description: An empty city. The feeling of loneliness and imprisonment.

Copyright: Iraklis Kougemitros, Greece, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: funfair

Photographer Name: Wolfgang Wiesen

Year: 2020

Image Description: Multi-exposure of people on a chairoplane.

Copyright: Wolfgang Wiesen, Germany, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Ugundani

Photographer Name: Gabriel Corado

Year: 2020

Image Description: He is Ugundani. I met him on my way to Siete Altares, Livingston, Guatemala. His name is in the Garifuna language and means happiness.

Copyright: Gabriel Corado, Guatemala, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Frozen mobil home

Photographer Name: Greg Lecoeur

Year: 2020

Image Description: During an expedition on a small sailboat, we explore the Antarctica Peninsula by diving below the surface. Although the conditions are extreme with a temperature of minus 1°C, we have documented an extraordinary marine life in its fragile ecosystem such as on this image: crab-eater seals living on the pack-ice but witch are affected by global warming with the melting of the ice.

Copyright: Greg Lecoeur, France, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: The world on your shoulders

Photographer Name: Sofia Jern

Year: 2020

Image Description: The photograph is taken in Kajiado distict of Kenya in August 2019. In a time where modern values such as education challenges the traditional customs of the Maasai people, Margret Koitangkei Nkalo is determined to choose education and not being given in marriage. When asked how Margret Koitangkei Nkalo would represent her people, she attired her traditional jewelry and looks calmly into the camera. It's important that indigenous peoples get to choose how they represent themselves - it is not for the world to define who they are, the choice should always be theirs.

Copyright: Sofia Jern, Finland, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Overwhelmed

Photographer Name: Ka Lok Kwok

Year: 2020

Image Description: Blue is the colour of depression - an emotion that can only be emerged, not escaped. I tried to express my emotional status, which is feeling emotionally numb, or a general lack of emotion, by this photograph.

Copyright: Ka Lok Kwok, Hong Kong, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: FLAMINGO FLY OVER LAKE MAGADI 3

Photographer Name: Hong Chen

Year: 2020

Image Description: The water forms many unique colors and shapes, when Flamingo fly over the Lake Magadi, Kenya, I shot it from a helicopter.

Copyright: Hong Chen, Hong Kong, 1st Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Video to Jacks

Photographer Name: Kam Moon Lai

Year: 2020

Image Description: The photo was taken at Sipadan on 8-9-2019. I saw a School of Jack fishes swimming towards to the diver who was taking video for them. At such moment I took this photo.

Copyright: Kam Moon Lai, Hong Kong, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Korforgas_Circulation

Photographer Name: Ildiko Ratkai

Year: 2020

Image Description: "Budapest Eye" in motion (3 sec exposure). Shot was taken on 26 November 2019 in Budapest. I used a SOny NEX5T camera and a Samyang 8mm f2.8 II fisheye lens. A monopod provided stability.

Copyright: Ildiko Ratkai, Hungary, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Sur La Mer

Photographer Name: Roberto Corinaldesi

Year: 2020

Image Description: Swimmers seen from above take on the appearance of human ants.

Copyright: Roberto Corinaldesi, Italy, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Water Magic

Photographer Name: Isao Tabayashi

Year: 2020

Image Description: Reflection of water gate at the ferry crossing of Hamarikyu park in Tokyo. May 16, 2019

Copyright: Isao Tabayashi, Japan, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Al Jabar mosque

Photographer Name: Gunawan Santoso

Year: 2020

Image Description: The images shows the architecture of mosque that has a unique construction. The structure is dominated by steel and painting glass. The structure is rarely found in mosque construction. The pictures is taken in Bandung city, Indonesia on 14/01/2019. The image shows front side of the mosque.

Copyright: Gunawan Santoso, Indonesia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Photographer Name: Tooru Iijima

Year: 2020

Copyright: Tooru Iijima, Japan, 1st Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Descend From Above

Photographer Name: Tien Sang Kok

Year: 2020

Image Description: Hundred of horses are galloping when the sun is about to shine its last ray. It is traditionally said that a Mongol without a horse is like a bird without a wing, this is how strong the bond between human being and animal that we should appreciate.

Copyright: Tien Sang Kok, Malaysia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Autumn serpentine

Photographer Name: Arvids Baranovs

Year: 2020

Image Description: Mountain serpentine in the mountains Romania during golden autumn.

Copyright: Arvids Baranovs, Latvia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Red plaid dream.

Photographer Name: Hanako Kimura

Year: 2020

Image Description: In a hotel at Osaka, January 2019.

Copyright: Hanako Kimura, Japan, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Mañana Universitaria

Photographer Name: Liliana Navarrete

Year: 2020

Image Description: I had never noticed the lines that frame the main University City buildings at UNAM, and in my waiting time outside my classroom I decided to capture these lines.

Copyright: Liliana Navarrete , Mexico, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Standing on the edge of the Baltic sea coast

Photographer Name: Andrius Aleksandravičius

Year: 2020

Image Description: This shot I called ‚Standing on the edge of the Baltic sea coast‘. It was a very cold and windy winter day. I really enjoy visiting the sea during the off-season. The empty beach covered with snow, the sea is not frozen but looks like sorbet ice-cream. And the sound is magical. Lithuania has only 90km of the Baltic Sea coast.

This photo was taken in Smiltyne beach near Klaipeda, Lithuania. It‘s a unique part of my country – the Curonian Spit National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast.

Copyright: Andrius Aleksandravičius, Lithuania, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Street to the Mountain

Photographer Name: Kushal Shahi

Year: 2020

Image Description: Mardi Himal, Kaski: A Parade of mountaineers heading towards the destination in search of destiny by following the natural street into the Himalaya. Fighting with the cold and dry blows, we march towards the summit. The attachment with these majestic Himalayas in the reason that has kept us going and the reward is something different; Peace and Serenity.

Copyright: Kushal Shahi, Nepal, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Dreamy Mountains

Photographer Name: Karem Apaza Lopez

Year: 2020

Image Description: It was impossible for my senses to ignore the wonder of the Huangshan mountains as if they were posing for my lens and allowing me to capture their splendor.

That sunset showed me a beautiful orange light and let me see many viewpoints, endless stairs, bridges to cross from one mountain to another.

This image was taken in November 2019, at Huangshan Mountain, China.

Title: "Dreamy Mountains"

Note: Panoramic of 4 photos, edited in LR and dPS

Copyright: Karem Apaza Lopez, Peru, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Mine 6

Photographer Name: Bjørn-Arild Schancke

Year: 2020

Image Description: This is mine 6, which is a closed coal mine in Svalbard. The mining operation here was between 1969-1981. The mine is today a protected cultural heritage, and it still remains approx. 380,000 tons of coal inside this mountain. Mine 6 is located in Adventdalen between Todalen and Bolterdalen in Longyearbyen.

Copyright: Bjørn-Arild Schancke, Norway, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Master

Photographer Name: North Gevero

Year: 2020

Image Description: This shot is a stitch panorama character portrait of a friend.

Copyright: North Gevero, Philippines, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Mount Elbrus

Photographer Name: Sergey Savenko

Year: 2020

Image Description: Bermamyt Plateau. The best place with a view of Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain peak in Russia and Europe, included in the list of the highest peaks of the world "Seven Peaks".

Copyright: Sergey Savenko, Russian Federation, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Transcendence

Photographer Name: Mihaela Coman

Year: 2020

Image Description: Some days she is in the mood for love, or maybe she just wants to feel the wind on her skin.

Some days her words are being silenced by other men who can’t handle her feelings.

Sometimes her thoughts transmute, she feels both pleasure and sadness when tasting the forbidden fruit. 

She transforms from a soft Eve to a dark one, being always both.

She is now strong but also fragile, soft and intense, passionate but also anxious, like the woman portrayed in the poem by Warsan Shire ‘For women who are difficult to love’.

Copyright: Mihaela Coman, Romania, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Parallel

Photographer Name: Victor Gui

Year: 2020

Image Description: This image is take while the ship sail parallel to a bridge.

Copyright: Victor Gui, Singapore, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Ring of frost

Photographer Name: Ales Krivec

Year: 2020

Image Description: Fog and snow particles created an interesting glow around the tree.

Explanation of this optical phenomena:

Halo is the name for a family of optical phenomena produced by light (typically from the Sun or Moon) interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos can have many forms, ranging from colored or white rings to arcs and spots in the sky.

Copyright: Ales Krivec, Slovenia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: KOLO

Photographer Name: Jelena Jankovic

Year: 2020

Image Description: This is Maja. She is a dancer and a singer of Ensemble KOLO.

Maja is dressed in one of the many traditional costumes that she wears while she performs on stage. The paint on her face is one of the colors associated with Serbian tradition.

All the performers of Ensemble KOLO are people whose job is to preserve Serbian tradition through music, song, and dance. In fact, the main mission of Ensemble KOLO is to collect, adapt and perform Serbian folk dances and songs. With this diverse repertoire, Ensemble travels around the world and represents the rich culture of its country.

Copyright: Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: NEVER WITHOUT MY RAPTOR

Photographer Name: Alessandra Meniconzi

Year: 2020

Image Description: The idea for this journey take up more than a 18 years! My first amazing trip that introduce me to get to know one of the most fascinating and ancient methods of hunting with the Golden Eagle in Kazakhstan. At the feet of the Altai mountain (Mongolia), I met again the Berkutchi (hunters with Golden Eagle). They are men that with extreme patience and dedication have domesticated to their advantage the different qualities of the Eagle. The secrets of this practice have been passed on for generations. Where once training and hunting with eagles was the preserve of men only, now new traditions are emerging, including a surprising equality of opportunity for women. Zamanbol, 16 years old start at the age of 10 years old to trains Golden Eagle and Saker Falcon. She said to me that the tradition now is in her hand.

Copyright: Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzerland, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Spread'em

Photographer Name: Marcus Westberg

Year: 2020

Image Description: I had spent several days in a hide in Onguma Private Reserve, near Etosha, Namibia, initially hoping to see elephants or big cats, but enjoying all the visitors that came to the waterhole nearby. I knew if I was patient enough I would have a good chance of photographing giraffes as they came in to drink, but I never imagined any of them would squeeze in between the hide and the waterhole! This presented me with a different perspective than I had envisioned. Patience, and a willingness to sit quietly in nature is often reward in itself - although in this case I was delighted to leave with an image like this.

Copyright: Marcus Westberg, Sweden, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: I'm Here

Photographer Name: Will Venter

Year: 2020

Image Description: This water buffalo peeked out at us from the dense foliage. It had a look as though it wanted us to help it. So many people around the world rely on these amazing creatures for survival, and yet few help to protect its natural environment.

Copyright: Will Venter, South Africa, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Splasher

Photographer Name: Lakshitha Karunarathna

Year: 2020

Image Description: As I spent a whole night photographing a heron in a small pond, close to Bourne in Lincolnshire, this handsome hunter popped up all of sudden, right in front of me and started swimming and diving for fish, at an unbelievable pace. I could not get a proper shot for some time, due to the speed and the unpredictability of this skillful night hunter. After good half an hour of hunting, it took a break and shook the water off and I did not miss that moment where the Eurasian Otter is stand-still and the tiny water drops could be seen all-over the mammal.

Copyright: Lakshitha Karunarathna, Sri Lanka, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Couple

Photographer Name: Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez

Year: 2020

Image Description: Gannets on the steep cliffs of the Saltee Islands in Ireland. In June, These birds are in this place during the breeding season. This behavior is very common during this time.

Copyright: Jose Luis Ruiz Jimenez, Spain, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Abiosis

Photographer Name: Chih Ning Tsai

Year: 2020

Image Description: When it comes to the end, the biomass dead. Abiosis is a medical terms representing the absence of life. There is a word, ”Wu-Ji“ ,meaning apolar. It also underlines unbounded and endless. The Yin and Yang are two complete individuals. When they get together, they feel the whole.

I only edited the picture with color curves and eraser by photoshop. It is edited without layer-merged.

Copyright: Chih Ning Tsai, Taiwan, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: attention

Photographer Name: Yung-sen Wu

Year: 2020

Image Description: Sea lions are related to walruses and seals. Together with the fur seals, they constitute the family Otariidae, collectively known as eared seals. Until recently, sea lions were grouped under a single subfamily called Otariinae, whereas fur seals were grouped in the subfamily Arcocephalinae. This division was based on the most prominent common feature shared by the fur seals and absent in the sea lions, namely the dense underfur characteristic of the former.

Copyright: Yung-sen Wu, Taiwan, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Drying Tea

Photographer Name: Tran Tuan

Year: 2020

Image Description: Workers in Moc Chau and Son La in Vietnam spread green tea leaves out to dry - this is the first stage of oolong tea production.

Copyright: Tran Tuan, Vietnam, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Red day

Photographer Name: Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong

Year: 2020

Image Description: The beautiful of Autumn at Kawaguchigo lake, Japan.

Copyright: Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong, Thailand, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Photographer Name: Ya-Ting Chung

Year: 2020

Image Description: The aboriginal peoples of Taiwan have a deep and rich history. As to traditional clothes, they must be worn for special occasions. In Hualien In 2019.

Copyright: Ya-Ting Chung, Taiwan, 1st Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: The Game of Shadows

Photographer Name: Jacek Patora

Year: 2020

Image Description: This image was taken a few days after 2019's New Year's Eve in Lisbon, Portugal.

I always wanted to take a photograph of this famous bridge covered in fog, and that day turned out to be perfect. I took this shot as I was astonished by the shapes created by the light and shadows, the perfect lines and people's silhouettes. Lisbon is famous for it's incredible light, and advection fogs like that one are a common sight there. They occur when moist air passes over a cool surface of the river Tagus, creating this breathtaking sight.

Copyright: Jacek Patora, Poland, Winner, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Blue Print #4

Photographer Name: Young Lee

Year: 2020

Image Description: Small photographs of apples and bananas were printed using Cyano type printing. Then these were hung on lines from the sticks. The Cyano type prints and the sticks are placed in a blue surrounding to be photographed again resulting a photograph of white and blue , or Blue Prints. In order to show being Hopeful and full of plans in one's younger age, this series was intended to be blue prints like the one used when building something. Cyano type print was also used to regard to the past, as well as to imply the sketch of the future. Digital Inkjet pigment print used to describe this moment in other words, present.

The photographs were taken in my house in 2019. This photo is a part of the 'Blue Print' series, which is the first part of my 'Memory Box Trilogy' project. Every photograph of the 'Memory Trilogy project' was fully photographed at my house. It was important to make it homemade on the dining room table and ceiling lamps, because of the theme of the 'Memory box Trilogy', which concerns the objects in my house, my small universe.

Copyright: Young Lee, Korea (Republic of), 3rd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

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Image Name: Hugging each other

Photographer Name: Youngchul Kim

Year: 2020

Image Description: I shoot a fashion shoot in Seoul.

During the fashion shoots, I asked models to huge each other and think something peaceful and blessed.

Copyright: Youngchul Kim, Korea (Republic of), 1st Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

In pictures: 2020 Sony World Photography Awards winners revealed

Image Name: A boy on a raft

Photographer Name: Hwanhee Kim

Year: 2020

Image Description: I met a boy in Solomon Island in 2019 September. It was an evening with heavy rain and strong wind, and Jason was out in the sea to greet us strangers who visit the island from time to time. We barter pen, notes, with their fresh fruit from the island, and they also present their wood-carved ocean creatures for sale. Although the weather was a little unfriendly, he seemed happy to meet some new faces.

Copyright: Hwanhee Kim, Korea (Republic of), 2nd Place, National Awards, 2020 Sony World Photography Awards