Early entries for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards have made their way online, and they’ll instantly make you want to dust of your camera lens and head out on an adventure.
The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise some of the best contemporary photography from around the world with a mammoth $USD30,000 in prizes. Winners will also see an unprecedented amount of exposure thanks to the World Photography Organisation, as well as a swag bag full of camera goodies from Sony.
Keen to get involved? There’s still time – and you don’t need to be a professional photographer to get in on the action either. There are five different categories for the WPO’s annual competition – the professional competition, the open competition, the youth competition, the National Awards and the Student Focus.
While it’s still two months off from when the winners of these prestigious awards are announced, we’re lucky enough to get a sneak peak of some of the heavyweight contenders.
Zay Yar Line from Burma shared this shot of a fisherman from Innlay Lake in Myanmar rowing his boat with his legs.
Australian photographer Christopher Yeoh captured these snow covered monkeys having a cheeky soak in a hot springs in Japan.
Standing out can be hard – especially when you’re a king penguin. This flurry of excitement was captured and submitted by German photographer Antje Kakuschke.
A love heart shaped crater set against the beautiful glaciers of Iceland. It doesn’t get much better that that – this was captured by Chinese photographer Z Chen.
The second eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in Chile is the subject of Chilean photographer Eduardo Minte’s submission. Check out those colours!
A starry night captured by Kris Williams from the UK – this particular landscape of barley fields was taken on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.
(h/t Daily Mail)