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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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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No Doubt In 1987

No Doubt 1987

While No Doubt is much revered in the music community, their beginning was incredibly uncertain. Forming in 1986, in December of the following year the group disbanded after a founding member’s suicide. Later on, though, the group would re-convene, choose Stefani as the lead singer and grow to sell over 33 million albums worldwide.

Stockholm’s Immaculate Public Library

Stockholm Library

Housing over four million volumes of text and media, Stockholm’s nearly century-old public library is a must-see for traveling logophiles. For the internationally minded, their abundant supply of Spanish, Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian texts is hard to beat.

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