Sony World Photography Awards

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Andrew Suryono, Indonesia, Entry, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

My Modern Met brings you a selection of majestic images from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the best photography competitions today. This Open Competition offers 10 categories ranging from Architecture and Arts and Culture to Nature and Wildlife. Above, we have “Orangutan in The Rain” (Bali, Indonesia) by photographer Andrew Suryono, and here’s what he has to say about the shot: “I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment.” Continue reading for more.

12. Timeless Affection

Arief Siswandhono

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia, Entry, People Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Fina (the girl in the picture) is the younger of my two daughters. Fina used to be scared of cat, which was the reason why we decided to adopt two kittens.

We wanted Fina to learn how to live with cats, how to hold them, how to care for them and how to treat them as family members to help her overcome her fear. Now we can proudly say she did!

Day by day, 7 months passed by and today Fiona and the cats are best friends, and love and care for each other. In this picture I wanted to show how gracefully they’re together in a frame with Leon, one of her babies.

11. Desert Dawn

Gareth Lowndes

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Gareth Lowndes, New Zealand, Entry, Travel Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

About 30 minutes after sunrise a hot air balloon is captured in the distance beginning it’s decent to land in a camel farm.

The image was shot while floating over the dunes in a chase balloon.

10. Vigorous Touch of the Morning

Jubair Bin Iqbal

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Jubair Bin Iqbal, Bangladesh, Entry, People Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

A Hindu monk is walking in a foggy winter morning of a mango garden of Dinajpur.

9. Morning Hour

Georg May

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Georg May, Germany, Entry, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only look fascinated.

8. King Penguins

Lisa Vaz

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Lisa Vaz, Portugal, Entry, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

King Penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence.

They are very beautiful, gracious and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe.

This image aims to capture and reflect how gracious and colorful wildlife can be even at the ends of the Earth.

7. Mealtime

Kyle Breckenridge

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Kyle Breckenridge, Canada, Entry, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The mother and the cub are Spirit Bears or Kermode bear a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Colombia, Canada.

These bears are rarer than the Panda Bear in the wild.

6. Dog Fight

Cioplea Vlad

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Cioplea Vlad, Romania, Entry, Split Second Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

This is exactly the moment when Romanian YAK Team is breaking the formation just in front of the public at Bucharest International Air Show.

At that moment they look just like they are haunting each other.

5. Blaak

Cor Boers

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Cor Boers, Netherlands, Entry, Architecture Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”: high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level.

Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shapedpylon.

His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.

4. Holi

Ioulia Chvetsova

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Ioulia Chvetsova, France, Entry, Arts and Culture Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Hindu devotees throw vivid color at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival.

Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers.Photographer Name: Ioulia Chvetsova.

3. Step by Step

Ralf Wendrich

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Ralf Wendrich, Germany, Entry, Architecture, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

A staircase in Berlin, reduced to the essential.

2. Trace of an Ancient Glacier

Miquel Art˙s Illana

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Miquel Art˙s Illana, Spain, Entry, Travel Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley.

What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in Autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable.

1. Covered

Courtney Colantonio-Ray

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Courtney Colantonio-Ray, USA, Entry, Split Second Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo.

But when it is covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it is finally uncovered.

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