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Finalists Announced For Sony World Photography Awards 2016

The annual Sony World Photography Awards, organized by the World Photography Organization, has revealed its short list of entries for 2016.

This year's contest attracted 230,103 entries from 186 countries. Images taken by professionals, amateurs, and youth were judged in a variety of categories. The winners are due to be announced on April 21. Here are a few of the finalists.
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Photographer Abhijit Banerjee of India: Gangasagar Fair   Gangasagar Fair is the second-largest fair in India and the largest in West Bengal and celebrates the harvest. I captured a group of women devotees who had come from Uttar Pradesh state while they worshipped the sun just after their holy dip.
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Photographer Abhijit Banerjee of India: Gangasagar Fair
 
Gangasagar Fair is the second-largest fair in India and the largest in West Bengal and celebrates the harvest. I captured a group of women devotees who had come from Uttar Pradesh state while they worshipped the sun just after their holy dip.

Photographer Chaiyot Chanyam of Thailand: Splashing Birds, Bangkok I was walking underneath Rama 8 bridge, Bangkok, searching for a subject for street photography. Instead, I noticed two birds sipping water on the bank, unaware of the coming crashing waves. I knew roughly what was going to happen, set my camera for an action shot, and meditated, waiting for a peak moment. Big waves unmercifully hit the bank and splashed all over the two birds.
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Photographer Chaiyot Chanyam of Thailand: Splashing Birds, Bangkok

I was walking underneath Rama 8 bridge, Bangkok, searching for a subject for street photography. Instead, I noticed two birds sipping water on the bank, unaware of the coming crashing waves. I knew roughly what was going to happen, set my camera for an action shot, and meditated, waiting for a peak moment. Big waves unmercifully hit the bank and splashed all over the two birds.

Photographer Nader Saadallah of Egypt: Impression Lijiang This is the Impression Lijiang, a cultural show that describes the lifestyle and several interesting traditions of the Naxi, Yi, and Bai people in a colorful and flamboyant outdoor production in Lijiang city, China.
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Photographer Nader Saadallah of Egypt: Impression Lijiang

This is the Impression Lijiang, a cultural show that describes the lifestyle and several interesting traditions of the Naxi, Yi, and Bai people in a colorful and flamboyant outdoor production in Lijiang city, China.

Photographer Christian Spreng of Switzerland: Global Warming Bath Global warming and the melting of ice caps captured in a lost place, Italy 2015 (assembled in PS)
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Photographer Christian Spreng of Switzerland: Global Warming Bath

Global warming and the melting of ice caps captured in a lost place, Italy 2015 (assembled in PS)

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