The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards recently announced its shortlist of images from nearly 140,000 entries. Check out some of these highlights from the pro, open and youth categories -- with captions from the photographers.
Above, a hunter rests on the plains (in) Western Mongolia with his eagle.
This is a very special cenote that during certain parts of the year develops a layer in the surface that enhances its mysterious aura. Also very peculiar are the tiny fishes found hidden in the water plants.
In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself in Kenya.
Rows of identical houses and a playground in Jiangyin, a city in China's Jiangsu province.
The flask‐shaped pitcher‐plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) has pitchers which are not covered by a lid, like most others. The enzymatic setup of its digestive fluid shows that it digests plant matter best, mostly fallen leaf litter, so that one could call this pitcher plant a vegetarian.
Hindu pilgrims and devotees of the Maha Kumbh Mela -- the largest spiritual gathering on the planet -- cross floating bridges.
A knight and his steed: a tropical capture in Costa Rica.
A girl celebrates at the Kubana open-air festival that took place in 2013 near the city of Anapa, Russia.
A fisherman in Lake Victoria casts his net near Kisumu, Kenya.