17 Top Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Aerial Series in Sony World Photography Awards

Aerial Series by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, Source: Daily Mail

There are few photography achievements more prestigious than the Sony World Photography awards. While the Photographer of the Year title will not be announced until April 30th in London, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) released its shortlist for this year’s awards in early February. The shortlist—which represents international amateur, professional and youth photography—contains some of the most incredible, breathtaking contemporary photos from 2013.

Campaign Category in Sony World Photography Awards

Big Cat, Little Cat by George Logan, Source: BuzzFeed

Sony World Photography Awards from India

Yellow Fellow by Anurag Kumar, Source: South China Morning Post

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Wyoming’s Visually Striking Devils Tower

Devils Tower Wyoming

Extending a whopping 5,114 feet above sea level, Wyoming’s ever-popular “Devils Tower” actually receives its name from a misinterpretation. Many Native American tribes had geographical ties to the igneous intrusion, calling it everything from “Aloft on a rock” to the “Bear’s Lair”. It wasn’t until 1875 that Colonel Richard Irving Dodge’s interpreter incorrectly perceived one name as “Bad God’s Tower”, which he inevitably translated to “Devils Tower”.

The 2013 Winners Of The Nature Conservancy’s Annual Photo Contest

Over the past seven years, the Nature Conservancy has received over 100,000 incredible photos of the world’s natural marvels in its annual digital photo contest. This year’s entries were no less remarkable, as subjects and compositions were as diverse as they were beautiful. Featured below are the contest’s honorable mentions and finalists. This year’s winner comes courtesy of Tulus Simatupang, who captured a Great Blue Heron flying in tandem with a Red-winged Blackbird.

Nature Conservancy Contest Chameleon

A Parson’s chameleon catching a snack in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar. Photo credit: © Giovanni Mari

Nature Conservancy Contest Bear Water

Grizzly bathing in Crescent Lake, Alaska. Photo credit: © Burgess Lewis

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Portland’s Breathtaking Japanese Gardens

Amid rainy evenings and vast expanses of trees in Portland, Oregon, lies a beautiful 5.5-acre space known as Portland’s Japanese gardens. Considered the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, these gardens attract thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The park, which has existed for nearly 50 years, contains five different Japanese gardens: the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Tea Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden.

Colorful Japanese Gardens

Source: Deviant Art

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