Looking through this year's shortlisted entries for the Sony World Photography Awards, we noticed a recurring theme, in that there were quite a few aerial photographs. It's not surprising, really. You don't need a helicopter anymore to get that shot from above. The rise of affordable drones and camera equipment has made it possible for anyone to get those incredible images from the sky.
We picked out some highlights from the Professional and Open categories that follow this aerial approach. From pictures of senior middle school students in China carrying out military training and swimmers about to embark on a triathlon to an aerial view of a glacial river in Iceland and camels walking in a line along a famous beach in Australia – each one is as stunning as the last.
Photographers from over 200 countries and territories with nearly 320,000 images entered this year's Sony World Photography Awards, apparently the highest number of entries to date. The judges were particularly impressed with the high quality of work, and the shortlist's ability to offer insight into the foremost trends and contemporary concerns of photographers today.
The winners of the Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 19 April 2018. An exhibition of all shortlisted and winning images will take place at Somerset House in London from 20 April until 6 May. Tickets are available via worldphoto.org.