In Pictures

In pictures: Award-winning images from around the world

The winners and runners-up in the Sony World Photography National Awards have been revealed. An expert panel selected the best image taken by a photographer from each of the 60 participating countries.

Here is a selection of some of the winners.

© Stefan Thaler, Winner, Austria, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Stefan Thaler
Image caption Stefan Thaler was the Austria winner with this shot taken in Thierse, Tyrol.
Mohammad Ponir Hossain, 2nd place, Bangladesh Image copyright Mohammad Ponir Hossain
Image caption Mohammad Ponir Hossain from Bangladesh won second place for this image.
© Luis Portelles, 3rd place, Canada, National Awards, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Luis Portelles
Image caption A colourful graphic shot by Luis Portelles was awarded third place for Canada.
© Miguel Angel Merino Tapia, 2nd Place, Chile, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Miguel Angel Merino Tapia / Fotografo
Image caption Miguel Angel Merino Tapia from Chile took this picture of "the first caterpillar of the season," near his house in Puerto Montt.
© Petar Sabol, Winner, Croatia, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Petar Sabol
Image caption "Photographing kingfishers is my true love. I never get bored of them - they are such special and fascinating birds," says Petar Sabol, the winner in Croatia.
© Víctor Vargas, Winner, Ecuador, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Victor Vargas
Image caption Víctor Vargas was the winner in Ecuador with an image of Cotopaxi volcano, in the Andes Mountains, covered in ash during the Red Moon on 27 September 2015.
© Nader Saadallah, 2nd place, Egypt, National Award,2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Nader Saadallah
Image caption Nader Saadallah from Egypt came second with this shot taken at the Impression Lijiang show, which showcases the lifestyle and traditions of the Naxi, Yi and Bai people in Lijiang, China.
© Abhuit Banerjee, Winner, India, National Award,2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Image caption Abhijit Banerjee was awarded first place in India with this photograph titled Gangasagar Fair, taken at India's second-largest fair, which takes place in West Bengal's Sagar Island.
© Hendra Permana, 2nd place, Indonesia, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Hendra Permana
Image caption Hendra Permana won second place for Indonesia.
© Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Winner, Malaysia, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Khairel Anuar Che Ani
Image caption Winner for Malaysia was Khairel Anuar Che Ani who captured a tired moment while Rejang dancers wait their turn the during Melasti Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
© Silvia Andrade, Winner, Mexico, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Silvia Andrade
Image caption Silvia Andrade, Mexico's winner, shared the invisible world of nature, with a microscopic shot of a Megacerus "seed beetle".
© Pedro Diaz Molins, Winner, Spain, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Pedro Diaz Molins
Image caption Pedro Diaz Molins took first place for Spain with this image of an old couple on a beach.
© Mike O'Dwyer, 2nd place, UK, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Mike O’Dwyer
Image caption Mike O'Dwyer was second in the UK National Award for this shot of the band of HM Royal Marines at the launch of P&O's ship Britannia in March 2015.
Minh Thanh Ngo, Winner, Vietnam, National Award, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Image copyright Minh Thanh Ngo
Image caption The winner for Vietnam, Minh Thanh Ngo, focused on the traditional custom of lighting lanterns on the Perfume River in Hue City.

The winning images will be shown at Somerset House, London, from 24 April - 10 May.

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