These beautiful award-winning professional images will blow you away

(Pocket-lint) – There are images, and there are images. We have all taken some vacation snaps at a very enviable location, or in a moderately picturesque spot, and checked out the photographs later, considering that skilled pictures won’t be out of attain in spite of everything.

Nicely, possibly assume twice about that – the photographs you are about to browse are from the shortlist of Skilled pictures from Sony’s 2021 World Photography Awards, and to say they’re beautiful can be an understatement. 

© Will Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Black Leopard Underneath the Stars

Skilled photographer Will Burrard-Lucas defined that it took a very long time to seize this magnificent picture of a Black Leopard. He spent a yr photographing leopards in Kenya’s Laikipia County, with most of the creatures being evasive and troublesome to {photograph}. 

The Black Leopard is an unusual sight as effectively, which makes this picture much more magnificent. Earlier than this picture was taken the creature had apparently not been documented in that space for over 100 years. 

The pictures he took noticed Burrad-Lucas shortlisted in the Wildlife & Nature class within the 2021 Sony World Images Awards. 

© Aleksander Nordahl, Norway, Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Hvaldimir, the White Whale

This picture is a part of a collection of images by skilled photographer Aleksander Nordahl known as Hvaldimir, the White Whale. They not solely noticed Nodahl being shortlisted but additionally allowed the photographer to inform the fascinating story behind the beluga whale:

“That is the story of a beluga whale known as Hvaldimir and a fisherman known as Joar Hesten. When the fisherman and former whaler jumped into the ice-cold Arctic water and freed Hvaldimir from a harness that had been fitted to the whale, each their lives modified ceaselessly. When this white mystic creature turned up within the Arctic waters of Norway, bordering Russia, American activists turned up. Hollywood known as and Saudi cash was spent. The pleasant beluga whale grew to become an Instagram star. When the fuss settled, Joar returned residence down south and Hvaldimir did likewise. In the summertime of 2020, he turned up within the fjord neighbouring Joar’s residence. Throughout that summer time and autumn, the previous whaler visited the whale, taking care of him and mentioned with irritated fish farmers how they finest may defend it.”

© Tomas Vocelka, Czech Republic, Finalist, Professional, Architecture & Design, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Everlasting Searching Grounds

This uncommon picture is without doubt one of the finalists in 2021’s Architecture & Design class. Like most of the different photos on this article it reveals simply a part of a totally fascinating story:

“The previous Drnov navy advanced has been deserted for 17 years when two pals, Martin Chlum and Michal Seba, purchased the dilapidated facility to be able to realise their dream of constructing a ultimate resting place for pets. Explaining the rationale for pursuing this undertaking one of many house owners displays: ‘When my canine died, I discovered that there weren’t any locations the place I may take him for cremation or burial’. With the assistance of Czech minimalist architect Petr Hajek they established what’s now often known as the Everlasting Searching Grounds, an area comprising a mourning corridor, a crematorium and roughly 40 hectares of surrounding land the place wildlife can thrive.”

© Majid Hojjati, Iran, Finalist, Professional, Landscape, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Silent Neighborhoods

Majid Hojjati took a group of photos named Silent Neighborhoods. These photos noticed this skilled photographer chosen as one of many finalists within the panorama class. The images additionally inform a narrative of human life, gone however not forgotten:

” Every part in life is made up of impressions from the previous and no matter befalls us at present. The material which took one type yesterday takes on a brand new type now. All creatures nonetheless combat for his or her survival. Nature is the battlefield. The forces of the world are as they’ve ever been; the waves of the ocean, storms, the earth itself. However finally it’s humanity, marching in all places, claiming all the pieces, proving to the world that it’ll endure. We strove to reside, to take and to regulate, earlier than even understanding what to name ourselves. We expect we’ll final ceaselessly so we hunt, construct, put on garments and devour, altering our concepts and our instruments through the years however by no means altering our methods. We chased after increasingly more and one thing was at all times left behind. Properties had been deserted, chairs left empty and garments unworn, even the buttons of a shirt had been misplaced. Now we have raced to eternity, understanding life is fleeting, leaving the lights on behind us as if to say that after upon a time we had been alive. Listed here are the silent neighbourhoods: these locations freed from the presence of humanity. The noise of their silence could be heard in all places – however right here in these locations we’re condemned to listen to nothing.”

© Vito Fusco, Italy, Finalist, Professional, Documentary Projects, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The Killing Daisy

Skilled photographer, Vito Fusco from Italy makes use of beautiful pictures abilities to inform an fascinating story about an in any other case harmless wanting flower:

“The pyrethrum is called the ‘flower of demise’ – a nickname that neatly describes this delicate daisy imbued with murderous energy. The pyrethrum is cultivated primarily within the hills of Nakuru in Kenya and is the arch foe of the insect world. When bugs encounter the substance they’re shocked into paralysis after which die. Used for hundreds of years as a pure insecticide, it was solely within the mid-Twentieth century that pyrethrum made an impression on the worldwide pesticides market, incomes an eminent place amongst pure pesticides. In the course of the Eighties, the pyrethrum disaster started, instigated by the chemical synthesis of pyrethroids that led to the manufacturing of cheaper however non-organic merchandise. At the moment, nonetheless, this particular daisy is being grown as soon as once more on the clay hills of Nakuru at an altitude of over 1,500m. The Kenyan authorities has determined to liberalise the manufacturing of pyrethrum, opening it to non-public firms in an bold try and revive the sector and assist native farmers meet the rising international demand for natural merchandise. As soon as sown, the plant gives a yield roughly each 15 days, all yr spherical.”

In one of many images a younger girl is seen fortunately choosing some flowers and little doubt Vito Fusco was equally happy to be chosen as a finalist for the documentary category

© Mark Hamilton Gruchy, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Creative, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The Moon Revisited

This picture by Mark Hamilton Gruchy reveals that not all of the images from the Sony World Images Awards are totally critical. Right here NASAs photos have been edited to suit into the artistic class and inform an fascinating story of how the Moon has barely modified because the first Moon touchdown. 

“This physique of labor is made up of beforehand unprocessed photos from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I’ve made my very own photos to specific not solely up to date points but additionally some that had been related on the time of the Apollo missions. These are sourced from copyright-free supplies that I’ve repurposed, processed and composited to create a dialog concerning the unchanging side of the Moon contrasted with the Earth, which continues to be a dynamic place the place change can’t be prevented. With because of NASA and the JPL.”

© Luis Tato, Spain, Finalist, Skilled, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Locust Invasion in East Africa

One other finalist within the Wildlife & Nature category appears to point out the battle of man vis beast as a person is surrounded by tons of of locusts. The collection of images taken by Luis Tato present the sheer scale of the locust invasion and the havock they wreak. 

“Desert locusts are essentially the most harmful migratory pests on this planet. Thriving in moist situations in semi-arid to arid environments, billions of locusts have been feeding all through East Africa, devouring all the pieces of their path, and posing an enormous risk to the meals provide and livelihoods of tens of millions of individuals. Farmers stand by as armies of ravenous bugs eat their crops; in the meantime, herders watch the rangelands stripped naked earlier than their livestock can get to them. Excessive rainfall occasions and extreme climate anomalies have created superb situations for locust breeding and feeding. Swarms of desert locusts from the Arabian Peninsula started rampaging throughout East Africa in early 2020, devouring crop and vegetation the place they landed. The disaster reached historic proportions, with 10 nations within the Higher Horn of Africa and Yemen experiencing infestations. Some areas of East Africa, reminiscent of Kenya, had not seen such extreme desert locust outbreaks in additional than 70 years. Covid-19 restrictions have considerably slowed efforts to combat the infestation, as crossing borders has change into harder, creating delays and disrupting the availability chains of pesticides and merchandise wanted to stop these pests from wiping out vegetation throughout the area and exposing tens of millions of individuals to excessive ranges of meals insecurity.”

© Frank Machalowski, Germany, Finalist, Professional, Architecture & Design, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


The picture is certainly one of a bunch of photos by Frank Machalowski  known as Multiexpo. Proven off as finalists within the skilled Architecture & Design category, they provide an fascinating view of the world by multi-exposure strategies. 

© Graeme Purdy, Northern Ireland, Finalist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

After the Battle

One other unbelievable wildlife {photograph} makes it into the finalists as Graeme Purdy’s collection “Raw Nature” reveals off a group of magnificent beasts together with lions, leopards and crocodiles. 

“This collection of photos was taken utilizing vast angle lenses and wi-fi triggers. With these iconic wild animals, being in shut proximity is simply too harmful, so you should be creative and modern. This distinctive perspective is complemented by an aerial picture of a hippo pod, in addition to underwater photos inches away from wild crocodiles. I’ve aimed for a singular perspective exhibiting the uncooked magnificence and energy of the wild; hopefully, by extra empathy with nature, we’ll be taught to protect it. All animals are wild and free.”

© Brais Lorenzo Couto, Spain, Finalist, Professional, Portfolio, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Ourense, a Burned Land

Photojournalist Brais Couto’s portfolio of images had been chosen as finalists on this yr’s competitors with a spread of poignant and dramatic scenes captured on digicam. 

From pandemic to forest fires, his hometown of Ourense has actually seen some sights previously yr. 

© Julia Fullerton-Batten, United Kingdom, Finalist, Professional, Portraiture, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Trying Out from Inside

It seems like we have all been caught inside determined to get again out into the actual world during the last yr or so. Julia Fullerton-Batten’s images have accomplished an exquisite job of capturing that feeling. With a collection of portrait photos snapped with folks searching from inside their very own houses:

“Time stands nonetheless for many of us. It’s a delicate time; all of us really feel weak and anxious. I felt numb, however I knew I couldn’t stand round and do nothing, so I made a decision to doc at present’s existence as lived now by many individuals. I selected to seize them of their lockdown isolation, successfully imprisoned behind the home windows of their houses searching onto a unique desolate world. My 12-year outdated son helped carry the lighting”

© Paloma Rincon, Spain, Finalist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Mexican Feast

As you may think, the still life category is filled with splendidly quirky imagery of all different types and shades. However our favorite is this selection chosen as one of many finalists and lovingly crafted by Paloma Rincon.

A group of vivid, shiny and extremely vibrant foodstuffs offered in splendidly eye-pleasing methods. 

“Mexican Feast is a celebration of Mexican tradition by its gastronomy and its handcraft traditions. On this collection I carry these two worlds collectively in compositions that blend the edible with the imaginary. As a Mexican born photographer, the influences of color, textures, shiny lights and handmade items type an necessary a part of my fashion. My photos juxtapose Mexican meals platters and elements with conventional handcrafts and recognisable on a regular basis native props. This collection was shot in a studio in Madrid, the place I’m primarily based.”

© Lorenzo Pennati, Italy, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Blu Design

It is not typically you see real-world settings bathed in the identical colors. Right here, Lorenzo Pennati has crafted a series of totally blue photos with splendidly eye-pleasing outcomes. 

“This collection was shot for Marie Claire Maison Italia journal. It’s a sequence of images that represents a collection of up to date designs reinterpreted in numerous shades of blue. Whereas creating this collection I stored Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s quote in thoughts: ‘The deeper the blue turns into, the extra strongly it calls man in the direction of the infinite, awakening in him a need for the pure and, lastly, for the supernatural… The brighter it turns into, the extra it loses its sound, till it turns into silent stillness and turns into white.’”

© Berenice Riu, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Social (Me)dia

Berenice Riu offers us a photographic view of social media networks mirrored in the actual world. 

“I see social media as a mirrored image of humanity, with all its professionals and cons, and subsequently a means for us to know one another. There’s quite a lot of criticism surrounding social media, however all of us use it. The necessary factor is to know it as a communication channel and stay conscious that there is at all times one other human being on the receiving finish. From my perspective, there may be little level in attempting to flee social media: it’s a part of our society and a direct and accessible type of communication . The answer lies in studying to make use of it in a extra sincere, sort and humane means.”

© Wesley Dombrecht, Belgium, Shortlist, Professional, Still Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards


Wesley Dombrecht used the inspiration of childhood recollections to create some unbelievable kitchen-based nonetheless life imagery. 

“Throughout lockdown, I dug out an outdated picture album; it introduced again childhood recollections of meals that made me pleased as a child. On this collection, I created minimalist compositions, with outdated kitchen implements I discovered in my grandmother’s barn.”

© Carlos López, Spain, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Dakar lights

We love these shortlisted sports photos taken in the course of the Dakar Rally. Snapped from a helicopter they nearly appear to be tiny little toys moderately than actual folks on grime bikes. 

“I took this collection from a helicopter early within the morning throughout stage 11 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, which took entrants from Shubaytah to Harad. It was simply after dawn, which created this impact of sunshine and shadow over the desert dunes.”

© Anton Dotsenko, United States of America, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Russias Face-Slapping Championship

The game of Face-Slapping is tough and visceral. Within the type of images 

“The principle purpose of face-slapping contests is to eliminate stress and check one’s stamina. Despite the fact that there may be an evident component of violence and repugnance on this sport, contestants are totally conscious of what occurs after they select to take part.”

© Barbora Reichova, Czech Republic, Shortlist, Professional, Sport, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Unbreakable Olympians

We have all had a bizarre time of it in the course of the COVID pandemic. With everybody caught at residence, we have all needed to modify to a brand new lifestyle. Even athletes have needed to modify. This glorious collection of images reveals Czech athletes in coaching with restricted tools and house. 

“Unbreakable Olympians captures the coaching and preparation of elite Czech athletes in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout this time, all sports activities grounds had been closed.”

© Peter Franck, Germany, Shortlist, Skilled, Portfolio, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Flashlights From Totally different Portfolios

As you’ll be able to think about, the shortlisted portfolio photos from the skilled class embrace a splendidly diverse choice. Some photographers are much more curiously diverse as effectively. 

We would extremely advocate looking at Peter Franck’s portfolio shots as they’re actually intriguing. 

“The pictures right here type half of a bigger collection of between 20 and 150 photos. In my work, it is very important me that the photographs work each as single photos and as a collection. In all of my photos, I attempt to construct a bridge – bridges to portray, bridges from analogue to digital. Nothing is simply portray or graphics, nothing is simply pictures. The completely different genres are interwoven with one another, the factors of contact then manifest themselves in surreal image narratives or elements and flashes of a narrative. For me, the image or murals is my precedence. With a purpose to generate this I can’t restrict myself to a selected style.”

© Marvin Gray/Marvin Maralit, Philippines, Shortlist, Skilled, Panorama, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Artifacts Past the Whiteout

There are some critically hanging photos on this shortlist of landscape photos. Splendidly framed with a snowy backdrop that’s brilliantly aesthetically pleasing. 

“Hokkaido is commonly depicted because the land of ice and snow, and is usually photographed in black & white. Heading to the area, I anticipated to do the identical. As I travelled throughout its harsh, snowy panorama, I got here throughout fields as white as a clean canvas. There, I compelled myself to see past the apparent: past simply black & white, past the chills and blizzards, and past my creativeness. I noticed it as an ideal alternative to discover my concepts of a relaxed however harsh panorama; of what it may appear to be amidst the blizzard and the chilly. I uncovered the photographs for 5 minutes or extra to keep up a way of minimalism and to cut back any distracting parts reminiscent of ripples and motion within the sky.”

© Marc Hennige, Germany, Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Dealing with North

In the event you get pleasure from totally serene snowy environment, you then’ll totally recognize Marc Hennige’s landscape photos

“The Lofoten Islands are beautiful and distinctive in winter: the freezing chilly sea, steep mountains and vibrant homes mix to make a completely breathtaking journey.”

© Antonio Faccilongo, Italy, Shortlist, Skilled, Atmosphere, 2021 Sony World Images Awards

Lose the Roots

Mankind is destroying the planet we reside on. These photos by Antonio Faccilongo present the battle in opposition to that. A photographic storytelling of the impact of unlawful logging and the efforts being made in opposition to it. 

“Europe is near shedding its final virgin forests. Two thirds of those remaining areas are in Romania, and are critically threatened by unlawful logging. In line with the Environmental Investigation Company, 49% of all timber reduce in Romania is illegally harvested, however different nations reminiscent of Serbia, Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states are additionally concerned. The principle consequence of giant deforestation is local weather change, however the unfavorable results on the setting are quite a few, and embrace flooding, lack of biodiversity and desertification.”

© Julia Keil, Germany, Shortlist, Professional, Creative, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

Turning into in Isolation

Many individuals have been on a troublesome psychological journey all through the pandemic. Julia Keil has managed to seize this surreal journey in photographic form

“I began this collection of self-portraits firstly of lockdown in Paris. I needed to discover this surreal world I abruptly discovered myself in, which appeared to waver between reality and fiction. Every portrait blurs the strains between actuality and surreality, drawing consideration to the deeper that means and symbolism that surrounds our every day lives. Every picture has taken me on a journey of exploration and changing into, and has offered not solely a construction and a playground to my days in lockdown, but additionally a means of connecting with these on the opposite aspect. For this collection I shot digitally, utilizing a tripod, self-timer and props discovered at residence, enhancing every picture in a means that fits the idea.”

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills and Adrian Willings.

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