21 Beautiful Images From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Pray Sony World Photography Awards

“Pray” by Muhammad Berkati. Source: WPO

Though the Oscars are over, the awards season in the photography world is just beginning. The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards received 173,444 image entries—over 30,000 more than the last year’s contest. Representing photographers from 171 countries, these images capture everything from macro photography to architecture to adorable orangutans.

While the official winners won’t be announced until April 23, we’ve picked some of our personal favorites from the recently released shortlist.

Bernhard Lang 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

“Aerial Views Adria” by Bernhard Lang. Source: International Business Times

Hamer Man by Diego Arroyo Mendez

“Hamer Man” by Diego Arroyo Mendez. Source: Bored Panda

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Adrift: Mist Over San Francisco

This hauntingly beautiful short film depicts the fog and mist that hang over San Francisco. Shot during the photographer’s morning hikes over the course of two years, Adrift manages to capture the undulating, blissful motion of the clouds of mist over The City By The Bay. For best results, view this video on a sunny morning in a meditative posture.

For more things eerie and beautiful, look no further than our post on abandoned Iceland.

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World Photography Ukraine

Anti-government protestors in Kiev, Ukraine. Source: World Photo

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

World Photography Bug

A fly on water. Source: World Photo

Hopefully the judges of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards didn’t have any major plans for the month of February (or the foreseeable future); they have over 173,000 photos to review. People from 171 countries submitted their shots to the World Photography Organisation, with subjects ranging from political protest to mountain peaks to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. WPO has been kind enough to release its short list of potential winners, which you can view here.

World Photography Chicken

A man bathes his fighting bird. Source: World Photo

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#TheDress Making You Question How Well You See Color? Take The Test!

Have you ever really thought about how weird it is that we all see and experience color differently? It’s true for everyone, not even those who are color-blind. To a certain extent, the subtleties of seeing our surroundings in living color vary among all of us. That’s one of the major reasons that, when this image of a dress went viral on the internet this week, no one could agree on whether it was black/blue or white/gold. The reason? We all experience color differently. In fact, our experience of seeing color alters depending on the time of day — one reason that #TheDress so quickly became a viral sensation.

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