2012 Sony World Photography Awards

A selection of some of the strongest images from the professional and open shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography awards.


Flower by Alexandr Afonin, a winner in the open shortlist – enhanced category.


Car poolers by Alejandro Cartagena, a winner in the professional shortlist – people category.


A mother feeding her young in a nest made inside a wood recovery by Giovanni Frescura, a winner in the open shortlist – nature and wildlife category.


Life in the exclusion zone by Donald Weber, a winner in the professional shortlist – current affairs category.


Death row prisoners’ last meals by Helen Grace Ventura Thompson, a winner in the professional shortlist – still life category.


Marked for life by Laura Pannack, a winner in the professional shortlist – campaign category.


S’Ardia by Mattia Vacca, a winner in the professional shortlist – arts and culture category.


Symphony of fire by Natalia Belentsova, a winner in the open shortlist – low light category.


Loi-kra-tong festival in Thailand by Pansiri Pikunkaew, from the open shortlist – low light category.


Waiting room by Paul Irving, a winner in the open shortlist – enhanced category.


A boy is looking after his younger brother in a traditional playing swing chair in northern Xinjiang, China by Ricky Alexander, one of the winners in the open shortlist – smile category.


Moving forward, stand still by Rona Chang, a winner in the professional shortlist – landscape, category.


Dragon boat race by Samuel Chan, a winner in the open shortlist – split second category.


Untitled by Victoria Bolshemennik, a winner in the open shortlist – people category.


Shall we dance by Chan Kwok Hung, a winner in the open shortlist – nature and wildlife category.

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