The winners of the Open and Youth sections of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. A record-breaking 230,103 photographs from 186 countries were entered into three sections (Professional, Open and Youth) in the world's biggest photography competition. The 10 Open and three Youth winners were selected from a total of 103,005 entries.

Each winning image was chosen as the single best shot in its category and was judged by an expert panel chaired by Jael Marschner, former picture editor of Time Out London and Sunday Times Travel. Photographers of all abilities can enter the 10 Open categories and young photographers aged 12 to 19 may enter the three Youth categories. Many of the winners are simply photography enthusiasts, not professionals in the industry. The winners come from around the world and the youngest is just 12 years old.

Each category winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony and will have their images shown at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from 22 April to 8 May and published in the 2016 edition of the Sony world Photography Awards book. The winners will now compete to win the title of the overall Open or Youth Photographer of the Year, which will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 21 April.