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Highlights of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

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Cute images of dogs in mid-bath. Stunning travel photos that play with light and shadows, contrasts and colors, and manage to capture the range of human emotion.

These photos are just some of the award-winning shots in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Since launching in 2008, the competition has seen over 700,000 entries from more than 230 countries.

The awards are dedicated to supporting and cultivating photographic culture, encouraging photographers of all ages and skill levels to enter.

Each year, the competition is judged by juries selected from the World Photographic Academy. A month-long exhibit of the winners and finalists is also held to support the celebration, as well as a published book that features the photographers’ works.

Among some of last year’s highlights:

A series of portraits by France’s Sophie Gamand entitled “Wet Dog.” The shots of the dogs are taken half a second before they shake water off their fur, resulting in cute, amusing images that show off each dog’s character and even recognizable emotions.

 

Turkey’s Alpay Erdem, winner of the open competition for his photo entitled “Smile.” As Yahoo reports, the mid-air shot was borne out of the woman’s desire to be shot on camera leaping out into the lake after coming out of a mud bath.

Italy’s Ivan Pedretti, winner of the open competition for this panoramic shot composed of 12 horizontal shots, with each shot a long exposure image. This was taken in April 2013, showing the Milky Way arch across south Sardinia.

India’s Arup Ghosh, for his winning image of a boy dressed as a Hindu god singing songs and begging for alms aboard India’s train systems.

Romania’s Vlad Eftenie’s low-light shot of the first snow falling in Bucharest, surprising passers-by with the sudden cold weather.

The Sony World Photography Awards is now accepting entries for the 2015 contest. Read more about the competition here.

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