The deadline for entry into the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards is fast approaching. Now in its 10th year, this is the world's biggest photography competition – the total number of entries received since its launch has surpassed one million. Photographers have until 5 January 2017 to submit entries across a range of categories to compete for cash prizes and Sony digital imaging equipment.

IBTimes UK presents a selection of the stunning photos submitted so far, in the hope they may inspire you to enter. See for details.

All winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards show at Somerset House, London from 21 April to 7 May 2017.