The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world's biggest photography competition, has revealed the winners of its National Awards programme, designed to uncover the best single shot taken by a local photographer across 60 countries. Since launching in 2012, the National Awards programme has grown from eight participating countries to 60.

In this gallery, IBTimes UK presents the winning photograph – as chosen by the judges – from each of the 60 countries in alphabetical order.

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Argentina: Maria Virginia Mosconi – ConceptualMaria Virginia Mosconi/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Australia: Scott Portelli – Cuttlefish AggregationScott Portelli/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Austria: Stefan Thaler – Winter DreamStefan Thaler/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Bangladesh: MD Tanveer Rohan – Playing in Dusty DuskMD Tanveer Rohan/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Belgium: Olympe Tits – Bataille DíepaulettesOlympe Tits/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Bulgaria: Krasimir Matarov – St HaralambosKrasimir Matarov/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Canada: Kathryn Mussallem – Sailor in the Spotlight, New OrleansKathryn Mussallem/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Central America: Gabriel Solis Carmona – Don't Even TryGabriel Solis Carmona/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Chile: Eduardo Minte Hess – Purple FlashesEduardo Minte Hess/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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China: Longxiang Xie – Snowing HeavilyLongxiang Xie/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Colombia: Yessenia Mildreth Vasquez LûpezYessenia Mildreth Vasquez Lûpez/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Croatia: Petar Sabol – Kingfisher in ActionPetar Sabol/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Czech Republic: Martin Rak – RadianceMartin Rak/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Denmark & Iceland: Jacob Jepsen – Hobo in the ShadowsJacob Jepsen/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Ecuador: Victor Vargas – Cotopaxi and Red MoonVictor Vargas/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Egypt: Hady Geneidi – Break ThroughHady Geneidi/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Estonia: Andrei Reinol – Cold HatsAndrei Reinol/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Finland: Matti Virtanen – MushroomsMatti Virtanen/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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France: Elie Kauffmann – Standing with PelicansElie Kauffmann/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Germany: Daniel Fleischhacker – HinterseeDaniel Fleischhacker/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Greece: Tasos Anestis – Vesturhorn, IcelandTasos Anestis/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Hong Kong: Ho Wing Ka Jimmi – ChildhoodHo Wing Ka Jimmi/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Hungary: Imre Potyû – Dancing With StarsImre Potyû/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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India: Abhijit Banerjee – Gangasagar FairAbhijit Banerjee/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Indonesia: John Hantoro Pudjoko – Karo Tribe Playing FootballJohn Hantoro Pudjoko/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Ireland: Christopher Roche – Monlam, Taktsang LhamoChristopher Roche/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Italy: Christian Massari – Magellanic Penguins at Risk from Climate ChangeChristian Massari/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Japan: Kei Nomiyama – Enchanted Bamboo ForestKei Nomiyama/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Kenya: Otieno Nyadimo – Smile at the HyenasOtieno Nyadimo/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Latvia: Janis Palulis – Supercell in LatviaJanis Palulis/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Lithuania: Darius Jakubauskas – I Grew Up in Ävencionys TownDarius Jakubauskas/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Malaysia: Khairel Anuar Che Ani – Too Much PracticeKhairel Anuar Che Ani/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Mexico: Silvia Andrade – Megacerus Beetle From the Roger Orellana Botanical GardenSilvia Andrade/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Myanmar: Kyaw Bo Bo Han – Morning Ritual in Beautiful CountryKyaw Bo Bo Han/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Netherlands: Max van Son – Late Afternoon FightMax van Son/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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New Zealand: Miriam Strong – New HeightsMiriam Strong/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Norway: Arnfinn Johansen – Fighting TopisArnfinn Johansen/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Peru: José Alberto Sotomayor Jiménez – Nation AcomayoJosé Alberto Sotomayor Jiménez/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Philippines: Manex Sungahid – Dog CityManex Sungahid/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Poland: Bartosz Haduc – Teshima WindowBartosz Haduc/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Portugal: Adriano Neves – Garden of EdenAdriano Neves/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Puerto Rico: Fabiola Morales – Sweet SeaFabiola Morales/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Romania: Cristina Venedict – In DepthCristina Venedict/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Russia: Andrey Narchuk – Water BabyAndrey Narchuk/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Serbia: Djani Bardoti – Travelling to KlenakDjani Bardoti/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Singapore: Kajan Madrasmail – Spin FunKajan Madrasmail/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Slovakia: Peter Svoboda – Passing ByPeter Svoboda/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Slovenia: Andrej Tarfila – Church on the Fields of Soröko PoljeAndrej Tarfila/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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South Korea: Changhun Lee – WonderlandChanghun Lee/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Spain: Pedro Diaz Molins – Planned ObsolescencePedro Diaz Molins/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Sweden: Nils Olof Wendel – Water Tower from UnderneathNils Olof Wendel/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Switzerland: Eric Madeja – Fly into the SunsetEric Madeja/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Taiwan: Wang Tai Ran – Cloud GruidaeWang Tai Ran/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Thailand: Chaiyot Chanyam – Splashing BirdsChaiyot Chanyam/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Turkey: Burak Senbak – Cock FightBurak Senbak/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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UK: Tino Solomon – The Stairway to HellTino Solomon/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Ukraine: Igor Leonidovic – Streets of IsraelIgor Leonidovic/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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USA: Mark Fulinara – Falling KickboxerMark Fulinara/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Venezuela: Enzo Caraballo – Lyon Saint Exupéry StationEnzo Caraballo/Sony World Photography Awards 2016
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Vietnam: Minh Thanh Ngu – Lighting a WishMinh Thanh Ngu/Sony World Photography Awards 2016

All the 2016 National Awards winners have received the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to help them continue their photographic journeys. More than half of the winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 21 April to see their work exhibited and extend their photographic networks. Their photos will be exhibited as part of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London from 22 April to 8 May. If you'd like to see the exhibition, you can book tickets at worldphoto.org/2016exhibition.

The Sony World Photography Awards is free to enter. Perhaps you could represent your country next year: the 2017 edition – the 10th anniversary of the competition – will open on 1 June 2016.