Sony World Photography Awards reveals stunning shortlist for 2019 Open and Youth competitions

Grayson Perry - Birth by Richard Ansett. © Richard Ansett, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

It seems like only yesterday when we were sharing The World Photography Organisation's latest winners in its annual Sony World Photography Awards. Now it's back for 2019 with the shortlisted photographers announced for the Open and Youth competitions.

As one of the world’s largest and most prestigious global photography events, the Awards annually celebrate and promote the best contemporary photography from the past year across a wide variety of photographic genres.

Over 326,000 entries were submitted across the four competitions for 2019, the highest ever number to date, with the UK, Italy, North America, Mexico, India and Korea seeing the biggest increase in submissions.

Today, the Open and Youth shortlists have been announced, showcasing an array of stunning and diverse images taken by photographers from around the world throughout 2018. You can expect to see the Professional shortlist later this month.

Looking more closely at the ​Open shortlist it includes works selected across 10 diverse categories. Expect to see everything from striking underwater photographs to majestic portraits, to urban scenes and magical landscapes. This year’s Open categories ​included the introduction of a new Creative category.

All Open shortlisted photographers will now go on to compete to become category winners, with the chance to be selected as ​Open Photographer of the Year ​winning​ ​$5,000.

The ​Youth shortlist, meanwhile, ​features the top eight single images taken by 12-19-year-olds responding to the theme of ‘Diversity’. Shortlisted photographers come from across the world from China and Zimbabwe to Bangladesh and Moldova, showing a truly international wealth of upcoming talent. One young photographer will be announced as ​Youth Photographer of the Year ​in April.

Now we'll share some of those shortlisted winners and their amazing images. You can see all shortlisted and winning images at the ​2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London – running from 18 April until 6 May 2019.

Illusion by Gérard Bret. © Gérard Bret, France, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Illusion by Gérard Bret. © Gérard Bret, France, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Tangshan, 2018 by Jennifer Bin. © Jennifer Bin, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Tangshan, 2018 by Jennifer Bin. © Jennifer Bin, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled by Miranda Alam. © Miranda Alam, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled by Miranda Alam. © Miranda Alam, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Sentinel by Shaun Mills. © Shaun Mills, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Sentinel by Shaun Mills. © Shaun Mills, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

In the Locker Room by Hardijanto Budyman. © Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

In the Locker Room by Hardijanto Budyman. © Hardijanto Budyman, Indonesia, Shortlist, Open, Creative, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Mona Lisa by Remus Daescu. © Remus Daescu, Romania, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Mona Lisa by Remus Daescu. © Remus Daescu, Romania, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

City Camping by Zhou Dainan. © Zhou Dainan, China, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

City Camping by Zhou Dainan. © Zhou Dainan, China, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Night Swim by Remy Whiting. © Remy Whiting, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Motion (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Night Swim by Remy Whiting. © Remy Whiting, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Motion (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Hands by Filippos Alafakis. © Filippos Alafakis, Greece, Shortlist, Open, Motion (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

The Hands by Filippos Alafakis. © Filippos Alafakis, Greece, Shortlist, Open, Motion (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Huddle by Nadia Aly. © Nadia Aly, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Huddle by Nadia Aly. © Nadia Aly, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Yellow Vest Protestor by Arnaud Guillard. © Arnaud Guillard, France, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Yellow Vest Protestor by Arnaud Guillard. © Arnaud Guillard, France, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Forest of Resonating Lamps by Yukihito Ono. © Yukihito Ono, Japan, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Forest of Resonating Lamps by Yukihito Ono. © Yukihito Ono, Japan, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Have you been to a Chinese Opera? by Michael Chee Yen Chuan. © Michael Chee Yen Chuan, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Have you been to a Chinese Opera? by Michael Chee Yen Chuan. © Michael Chee Yen Chuan, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Young Shepherd by Ilya Bugaev. © Ilya Bugaev, Moldova (Republic of), Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Young Shepherd by Ilya Bugaev. © Ilya Bugaev, Moldova (Republic of), Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Bright Minuet by Alessandro Zanoni. © Alessandro Zanoni, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Bright Minuet by Alessandro Zanoni. © Alessandro Zanoni, Italy, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Fallen Out of the World by Johannes Weigl. © Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Fallen Out of the World by Johannes Weigl. © Johannes Weigl, Austria, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled by Jeremy Kupfuwa. © Jeremy Kupfuwa, Zimbabwe, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Untitled by Jeremy Kupfuwa. © Jeremy Kupfuwa, Zimbabwe, Shortlist, Youth, Diversity (2019 Youth competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards