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See winning images in the World Photography Awards' open and youth categories

The winners of the open and youth competitions in the World Photography Awards have been announced and the top travel photograph comes from Slovenia.

Church of St. Ursula and power lines on Field of Široko Polje between towns Kranj and medieval Škofja Loka.
Church of St. Ursula and power lines on Field of Široko Polje between towns Kranj and medieval Škofja Loka. Image by © Andrej Tarfila, Slovenia, Winner, Open Competition Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Andrej Tarfila was the winner in the open travel category of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, and took the top spot with an image of the “Church of St. Ursula and power lines on Field of Široko Polje between towns Kranj and medieval Škofja Loka” in Slovenia.

The oroomiyeh lake has always been a place where people cleanse. cleanse their skin from the penetrating rays of the sun and cleanse their minds and render it like the landscape itself; white, blank, with an indistinguishable horizon.
The oroomiyeh lake has always been a place where people cleanse. cleanse their skin from the penetrating rays of the sun and cleanse their minds and render it like the landscape itself; white, blank, with an indistinguishable horizon. Image by © Sepehr Jamshidi Fard, Iran, Winner, Youth Competition, Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Winners were announced in numerous other categories, including architecture, nature, culture and more.

The is the famous Goðafoss in wintertime. Clear blue/green water and ice everywhere.
The is the famous Goðafoss in wintertime. Clear blue/green water and ice everywhere. Image by ©Markus Van Hauten, Germany, Winner, Open Competition, Panoramic, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The winners come from around the world, including photographers from Japan, Spain, Brazil, Thailand, Scotland, Iran and more.

A polar bear enjoying his bath.
A polar bear enjoying his bath. Image by © Michaela Šmídová, Czech Republic, Winner, Open Competition, Nature and Wildlife, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The awards are produced by the World Photography Organisation and the shortlist was revealed in February. Winners of national awards were announced earlier in March.

A view of Mount Kazbek in Georgia.
A view of Mount Kazbek in Georgia. Image by © Anais Stupka, Italy, Winner, Youth Competition, Environment, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The winners photographs will be displayed as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 22 April until 8 May.

Two birds were sipping water on the bank, unaware of the coming crashing waves.
Two birds were sipping water on the bank, unaware of the coming crashing waves. Image by © Chaiyot Chanyam, Thailand, Winner, Open Competition Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The winners of the Photographer of the Year award will be announced in the Professional/Open/Student and Youth categories on 21 April.