With just over one month remaining for photographers to enter the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation reveals a selection of submissions to the 2015 Open competition.
Entries to the Open and Youth competitions of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will close on 5 January 2015, followed by the deadline for the Professional competition on 8 January. All competitions are free to enter via
Professional and amateur photographers can compete across 25 categories for cash prizes and Sony digital imaging equipment. One professional photographer will be awarded the title of L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year at a gala ceremony held in London on 23 April 2015.
All winning and finalist photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House in London from 24 April to 10 May 2015 and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
Orangutan in The Rain by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition: "I was taking pictures of some orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain. I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment."
Andrew Suryono, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Holi by Ioulia Chvetsova, France, Arts and Culture Category, Open Competition: "Hindu devotees throw vivid colour at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in coloured powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers."
Ioulia Chvetsova, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Blaak by Cor Boers, Netherlands, Architecture Category, Open Competition: "Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom. High-density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest."
Cor Boers, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Vigorous Touch of the Morning by Jubair Bin Iqbal, Bangladesh, People Category, Open Competition: "A monk walks a mango garden on a foggy winter morning in Dinajpur."
Jubair Bin Iqbal, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Step by Step by Ralf Wendrich, Germany, Architecture, Open Competition: "A staircase in Berlin, reduced to the essential."
Ralf Wendrich, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Dog Fight by Cioplea Vlad, Romania, Split Second Category, Open Competition: "The Romanian YAK Team breaks their formation just in front of the public at the Bucharest International Air Show. At that moment they look just like they are hunting each other."
Cioplea Vlad, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Dinner by Kyle Breckenridge, Canada, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition: "The mother and the cub are Spirit Bears or Kermode bears – a subspecies of the North American black bear living in the central and northern coastal regions of British Colombia, Canada. These bears are rarer than pandas in the wild."
Kyle Breckenridge, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Timeless Affection by Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia, People Category, Open Competition: "Fina is the younger of my two daughters. She used to be scared of cats, which was the reason why we decided to adopt two kittens. We wanted Fina to learn how to live with cats, how to hold them, how to care for them and how to treat them as family members to help her overcome her fear. Now we can proudly say she did. Day by day, seven months passed by and today Fiona and the cats are best friends, and love and care for each other. In this picture I wanted to show how gracefully they're together in a frame with Leon, one of her babies."
Arief Siswandhono, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
The Morning Ritual by Nick Ng, Malaysia, Split Second Category, Open Competition: "A man washes his feet before bathing in the early morning in the Hooghly River, part of the holy Ganges River in Kolkata, India."
Nick Ng, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Hamer Man by Diego Arroyo Méndez, Spain, Smile Category, Open Competition: "A Hamer man collecting wood to build a defensive fence for the cattle in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia."
Diego Arroyo Méndez, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Desert Dawn by Gareth Lowndes, New Zealand, Travel Category, Open Competition: " About 30 minutes after sunrise a hot air balloon is captured in the distance beginning its descent to land in a camel farm. The image was shot while floating over the dunes in a chase balloon."
Gareth Lowndes, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Morning Hour by Georg May, Germany, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition: "A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only watch, fascinated."
Georg May, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
The Trace of an Ancient Glacier by Miquel Ángel Artús Illana, Spain, Travel Category, Open Competition: "Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travellers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, the 20,320ft Mount McKinley. What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable."
Miquel Ángel Artús Illana, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
Covered by Courtney Colantonio-Ray, USA, Split Second Category, Open Competition: "So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo. But when it's covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it's finally uncovered."
Courtney Colantonio-Ray, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
In a Crowd of King Penguins by Lisa Vaz, Portugal, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition: "King penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence. They are very beautiful, graceful and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe."
Lisa Vaz, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards