In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards shortlist

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The shortlist for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Professional competition has been announced.

All shortlisted series will be exhibited as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, from 18 April until 6 May 2019.

The winners will be announced on 17 April 2019.

image copyrightDavid Behar
image captionDavid Behar's work, in the Professional Architectural category, focuses on cabana rental structures on Miami Beach. The project's isolated subjects are rendered in a sea of muted colour tones and off-whites.
image copyrightMarta Moreiras
image captionIn the Professional Portraiture category, Marta Moreiras's 'Pères' looks at the role of the father in Senegal, showing those who are engaged in the education and care of their children to the same extent as the mothers.
image copyrightThomas Nielsen
image captionThomas Nielsen's pictures were taken at West London football club Brentford FC and are shortlisted in the Sport category. here, 37-year-old Craig Nickels rejoices with his friends in the very last minutes of a match.
image copyrightLiang Fu
image captionLiang Fu's photograph of a grouper having dead skin, bacteria, and parasites cleaned by a shrimp is shortlisted in the Open Nature and Wildlife section.
image copyrightPol Kurucz
image captionPol Kurucz's project on modern eccentrics, shot in Rio de Janeiro, is shortlisted in the Open People category.
image copyrightBOYUAN ZHANG
image captionBoyuan Zhang is shortlisted in the Discovery category for a series on Xinjiang, the largest autonomous region in north-west China.
image copyrightNicolas Gaspardel
image captionNicolas Gaspardel's in his Yuck series, in the Professional Still Life category, photographs food in disturbing ways.
image copyrightMustafa Hassona
image captionMustafa Hassona's work details the weekly Palestinian protests on the border with Israel, shortlisted in the Documentary category.
image copyrightCatherine Hyland
image captionCatherine Hyland is shortlisted in the Landscape category for her work on lithium mines in the Atacama Desert.
image copyrightEd Thompson
image captionEd Thompson's project, shortlisted in the Brief category, is a culmination of 18 years of predominantly photographing the south-east of England. There are a number of themes at work in the series, covering nostalgia, class and the beautiful, uncanny aspects of everyday English life.

All photographs courtesy 2019 Sony World Photography Awards