Explorers glimpsing the door to hell, monks performing the 'turning of the Buddha', and fireflies lighting the night are all captured in gorgeous images by the national winners in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Two old men dressed in authentic clothes are preparing the cocks for the fight. Cock fighting is legally forbidden in Indonesia. This scene is prepared just for photographic purposes and they do not let them fight The men fill their mouth with water and spit it to the faces of the cocks to make them annoyed and angry. After this process, if they set the Cocks free, they will immediately fight with each other (which is never the case). Image by © Burak Senbak, Winner, Turkey, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
The season of a firefly comes around in Japan at the beginning of a rainy season (May to June). Image by Kei Nomiyama, Winner, Japan, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
A boy is playing his basketball after school in Hong Kong.
Now, the organisation has presented the winners of its National Awards programme, which is “designed to uncover the best single shot taken by a local photographer across 60 countries”.
Image by © Ho Wing Ka Jimmi, Winner, Hong Kong, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
The milky way galaxy rises over the Darwaza crater in the Karakum desert, northwest Turkmenistan. Two explorers peer into its fiery depths, known by the local Turkmen as the 'door to hell'.
The awards are given to the best photographs from different countries and the entries were taken from the ten categories of the Sony World Photography Awards’ Open competition.
Karakom desert, Turkmenistan" Image by © Tino Solomon, Winner, UK, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Foggy October morning on Alpe di Siuisi in the Italian Dolomites. Image by © Martin Rak, Winner, Czech Republic, National Award, 2016, Sony, World, Photography, Awards
The winners were selected by an expert panel of judges and will now receive the latest digital images equipment from Sony as a prize.
The great prayer festival of Monlam takes place in eastern Tibet during the heart of winter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims join the monks in celebrating the event. Here the monks of Taktsang Lhamo are performing the ritual known as the ‘Turning of the Buddha’ where a statue of the Maitreya Buddha is carried around the four corners of the village. Image by ©Christopher Roche, 1st Place, Ireland National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Their work will also be displayed as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 22 April until 8 May.
The Australian Giant Cuttlefish aggregation is truly one of nature’s great events. Thousands of cuttlefish congregate in the shallow waters around the Spencer gulf in South Australia, to mate and perpetuate the species. Image by © Scott Portelli, 1st Place, Australia National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
This year saw a record number of entries to the competition with more than 230,000 images submitted.
This is Vietnamese traditional culture unique to Hue city. People usually release floating lanterns on the river to wish for a happy and peaceful life.
On 29 March, the winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced and on 21 April, the winners of the Photographer of the Year will be announced in the Professional/Open/Student and Youth categories.
Image by © Minh Thanh Ngô, Winner, Vietnam, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Next year’s edition of the competition will mark its 10th anniversary and will open on 1 June.