The shortlist for this year's Sony World Photography Awards is announced.
The competition received nearly 140,000 images, the highest number of entries in the award's seven-year history. This photo of a baby orangutan peeking out from his mother's hug was taken by Chin Boon Leng.
"This year I had the pleasure to join the pilgrims and devotees of the Maha Kumbh Mela - the largest spiritual gathering on the planet, held every 12 years" say Wolfgang Weinhardt.
Sophie Gamand's wet dog caught mid‐bath was selected for the professional portraiture section. Say cheese.
Wilfred Berthelsen submitted a series of images in black and white for professional Travel. This one was taken at Svalbard which is located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole.
City Landscapes from Shanghai City was submitted by Arjen Schmitz.
This photo of Vakil baths in Shiraz, Iran, made from four fisheye lens shots by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji was chosen for the open Panoramic section.
The competition is split in to two sections, one for professionals and an open category. A professional entry that made the shortlist is Sparkle Baby, an look at beauty pageants in Australia by Chloe Bartram.
Hasan Baglar's photo is shortlisted in the open Nature and Wildlife category.
Kacper Kowalski's picture of skiers is selected in the professional Landscape section.
The Landscape professional category attracted an entry taken in Iceland by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, whose picture - along with all those selected - will go on show at London’s Somerset House in May.
The shortlist of finalists for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced and includes a wide range of photographic styles and subjects.