Thanks to the Atlantic for this link over to the 33 photos chosen as finalists for this great annual competition; from the website of the WPO:
…Selected from 139,544 images from 166 countries, WPO today reveals the shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. The highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history, this year’s jury selected an eclectic shortlist representing the very finest in international contemporary photography from 2013.
The judges found within the submissions many stories that force the viewer to find something surprising within the everyday. Well-documented scenes were approached with fresh and ground-breaking photography styles and are set to inspire other photographers around the world.
All shortlist images will be presented at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Click here to purchase your tickets today.
Winners of this year’s Awards will be revealed at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 30 April in London.