The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the world's biggest photography competition, has revealed the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth competitions. A record-breaking 230,103 images were submitted this year, from 186 countries. The total number of entries received by the Sony World Photography Awards since its launch has now surpassed one million.

In the Professional competition, photographers were invited to enter between three and 10 images into any of the 14 categories. Some 127,098 images were submitted. Judges selected up to 10 photographers for the shortlist. In this gallery, we present a selection of images from the Professional shortlist.
(See the Open shortlist here.)

Those on the Professional shortlist will now compete for a $25,000 prize and the L'Iris d'Or/ Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London on 21 April. All winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.

The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London from 22 April to 8 May and will be published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. To book your exhibition ticket, please visit