- Here MailOnline Travel showcases some of the pictures that triumphed in the open competition
- They include winners of themed categories and some that triumphed in the National Awards
- Professional winners announced on April 20 – until then these will sate your appetite for great photography
Over 220,000 people entered the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, which means that those who achieved top honours are very talented indeed.
Here MailOnline Travel showcases some of the pictures that triumphed in the open competition, which received entries from both amateur and professional photographers.
They include winners of themed categories, such as nature and wildlife, and some that came first, second or third in the National Awards – where Sony rank photographers within their own countries.
Feast your eyes below on one of the most incredible pictures of a breaching whale you’re ever likely to see.
Then there’s the pair illuminated in a sea of red as they take a selfie at a rock concert – a stunning snap.
Scroll down for a sensational selection of open winners and runners-up from the Sony awards. The professional winners are announced on April 20.
An elderly Chinese fisherman in his traditional clothes casts his net from a bamboo boat, with two cormorants ready to catch the fish. National Awards, 1st place, Saudi Arabia
Called Whale Dance, this jaw-dropping image of a breaching whale landed John Tao a third-place rosette for China in the National Awards
The Colombian water polo team surge forward in an image that landed Camilo Diaz first prize in the open ‘motion’ category
Illuminating: Jelena Jankovic caught two people taking a selfie at a Massive Attack concert in Croatia
Using a long-exposure, Homare Hamada catches a satellite being launched by rocket, left, while on the right, the Milk Way hangs over a lake in Bulgaria
Roy’s cafe, a gas station and a motel in Amboy, California, on Route 66, shot as part of a series on roadside America
Beautiful: Untouched woodland in the Balkan mountains, photographed in the autumn of 2016
This atmospheric picture earned Emmad Mohammed Ahmed Elhag a second-place rosette in the Qatar National Awards
Zebras and a giraffe hurtle across the landscape in Africa in a majestic picture by Mohammad Alnaser from Saudi Arabia
Chiseled landscape: A woman watching a sunrise at Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace in northwest Vietnam
Called Mystic Island, this picture was taken on a cold winter’s day after a snow fall
A beautiful misty morning at the base of a mountain located in Gangwon Province in South Korea
Mist-ful thinking: A magically foggy night in Estonia captured by Hendrik Mandla
This image was taken at the Bombo Quarry in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. Photographer Federico Rekowski said: ‘I always wanted to take a photograph that reflects the movement of the water and bring the viewer into the image following the movement’
Gentoo penguins hunting in the icy cool waters of Antarctica. This image was deemed worthy of third for Nadia Aly for the US category in the National Awards
This picture – Light From Above – was taken in September 2016 in Santa Maddalena in Italy
Photographer Linda Cutche said: ‘I had heard so much about this famous tree in Lake Wanaka [in New Zealand]. Although this scene had been photographed by many, I was artistically challenged to take my own version. The idea was to go on an early morning venture and get a good spot before the sun rose, capturing the glory of an amazing sunrise showering the tree in a golden light’
Branching out: This tree-climbing lion was spotted in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya in September 2016
Awaji Island in Japan has never looked more serene and magical
This image of an egret was taken in Chitwan National Park in Nepal in August 2016. ‘The bird soaring elegantly through the white sky almost looked like a ballerina performing on a stage,’ said photographer Shashanka Chitrakar
A peregrine falcon is captured here dramatically catching a prey bird by photographer Markus Varesvuo
This incredible image was captured off the coast of the island chain of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga
Photographer Moin Ahmed caught ‘curious blurring eyes’ staring out of a train at Tongi Railway Station in Bangladesh
A winter morning scene under the iconic bridge in Howrah, India
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