Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

Over 140,000 entries from 166 countries make 2014 Sony World Photography Awards one of the most fascinating and sophisticated photography contests ever done. Winners are yet still unknown and to be announced, however, we are already able to see and admire some of the highlights extracted by the World Photography Organization. The shots feature many different spheres: from architecture to travel. Photos are gorgeous professional works done by talented photographers from all around the world. Each photo – a new story.

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That’s dance. © Hasan Baglar

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Lightsnake. © Holger Schmidtke

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In your youth, nothing can stop you from enjoying time with your friends, especially not a simple matter of rain during summer fun. You may grow up and forget the names, but you’ll always remember the moments, the time on the dock with your friends during a surprise shower. © Samantha Fortenberry

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A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng

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In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself in Kenya. © Bonnie Cheung

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A baby Orangutan peeking out from his mother’s embrace. © Chin Boon Leng

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Pilgrims and devotees cross pontoon bridges at the Maha Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years in India. © Wolfgang Weinhardt

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An overhead view, from the skies above Poland. © Kacper Kowalski

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Interior of an abandoned cooling tower. © Jan Stel

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The competition is split in to two major sections, one for professionals and an open category. Ata Mohammad Adnan’s photograph of homeless children in Chittagong, Bangladesh, is shortlisted in the Split Second open section.  © Ata Mohammad Adnan

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China, Jiangyin, Jiangsu. Rows of identical houses with a playground seen in the middle in the city of Jiangyin. © Kacper Kowalski

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A muddy face from the mud bath, going into the lake. © Alpay Erdem

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The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. © Nicolas Reusens

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Disaster Zone. © Alison Crea

All credits go to authors of photographs.