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.
The awards are produced by the World Photography Organisation, which unveiled the shortlist in February.
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”.
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.
The winners were selected by an expert panel of judges and will now receive the latest digital images equipment from Sony as a prize.
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.
This year saw a record number of entries to the competition with more than 230,000 images submitted.
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.
Next year’s edition of the competition will mark its 10th anniversary and will open on 1 June.