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30 Best Entries For The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

30 Best Entries For The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world. Every year, thousands of photographers submit their entries. Have a look at the most stunning photos from The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

1. Vigorous Touch Of The Morning

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    A Hindu monk walking in the mango garden in Dinajpure. Photographer: Jubair Bin Iqbal.

    2. Timeless Affection

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      Fina is a daughter of Indonesian photographer Arief Siswandhono. She used to be scared of cats, until her parents adopted two kittens. Now they are inseparable. Photographer: Arief Siswandhono.

      3. Dinner

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        A mother and her cub walking with their dinner. These are Spirit Bears and they are in nature rarer than panda bears. Photographer: Kyle Breckenridge, Canada.

        4. Holi

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          Hindu celebration of spring – Holi. Photographer: Ioulia Chvetsova.

          5. In A Crowd Of King Penguins

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            This crowd of penguins was captured in South Georgia, on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where they live in large colonies. Photographer: Lisa Vaz, Portugal.

            6. Covered

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              “So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo. But when it is covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it is finally uncovered.” – Courtney Colantonio-Ray, photographer, USA.

              7. Desert Dawn

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                Captured here is a balloon floating over the dessert dunes 30 minutes after sunrise. Photographer: Gareth Lowndes.

                8. Hamer Man

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                  Spanish photographer Diego Arroyo Mendez captured Hamer man in Ethiopia, collecting wood to build a defensive fence for cattle.

                  9. The Trace Of An Ancient Glacier

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                    “Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley. What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in Autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable.”  – Miquel Art˙s Illana, photographer, Spain.

                    10. The Morning Ritual

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                      Locals taking morning baths at Hooghly River, Kolkata. Photographer: Nick Ng, Malaysia.

                      11. Orangutan In The Rain

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                        “I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain!” – Andrew Suryono, photographer, Indonesia.

                        12. Morning Hour

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                          Mystical animal, the white fallow dear in Eifel National Park in Germany. Photographer: Georg May.

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                          13. Shadow Of Time

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                            Bao Vu, Vietnamese photographer, took picture of an old teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam.

                            14. Times Are Hard For Dreamers

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                              Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki from Malaysia captured this woman suspended in a mass of feathers.

                              15. Hi…Who Are You?

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                                “Blue Tit Looking at it’s Reflection in Some Water.” – Georg May, Photographer, Germany.

                                16. Step By Step

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                                  Staircase in Berlin. Photographer: Ralf Wendrich, Germany.

                                  17. Blaak

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                                    “Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom. High-density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” – Cor Boers, photographer, Netherlands.

                                    18. First Sight 2

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                                      Sonia (12) and her younger sister Anita Singh (5) were blind. Their surgery would take just 15 minutes, but because they are coming from a poor family, they couldn’t afford it. Thanks to donors, they are able to see the world again. Photographer: Brent Stirton, South Africa.

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                                      19. Dog Flight

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                                        Bucharest International Air Show and the moment when Romanian YAK team breaks their formation. Photographer: Cioplea Vlad, Romania.

                                        20. On The Tundra

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                                          Photographer Simon Morris captured a young boy playing in a Siberian winter in -40 degrees.

                                          21. Ceasar

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                                            Portrait of a baby born by caesarean section. Photographer: Christian Berthelot, France.

                                            22. Sweat And Blood

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                                              Photography from the training session of sumo wrestlers from Miyagino stable, Ryogoku District, Tokyo. Photogapher: Marcin Kloce.

                                              23. Pray

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                                                Indonesian photographer Muhammad Berkati snapped this peaceful moment in Bromo, Indonesia.

                                                24. Pelican Feeding

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                                                  Pelicans in Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular (South Australia) are waiting for their fish. Photographer: Melissa Little.

                                                  25. Acid Survivors In India

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                                                    Portrait of a woman after an acid attack with a capture of her past in the background. Photographer: Jordi Pizarro.

                                                    26. Old Shepherd

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                                                      Old shepherd with his sheep in a snow storm, north Iran. Photographer: Saeed Barikani.

                                                      27. The Secondary Trainer

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                                                        Rocky, the dog and gym resident, is providing comfort to the performer. Photographer: Anthony Kham.

                                                        28. A Life Apart: The Toll Of Obesity

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                                                          Hector Garcia Jr. battled severe obesity with all its consequences for many years. Approximately 6.3% of the US population is suffering from the same disease. Photographer: Lisa Kranttz.

                                                          29. Headless

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                                                            A moment from the Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls participating in the contest were 8-12 years old. Photographer: Adrian Jaszczak.

                                                            30. Une Crise Humanitaire2

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                                                              Guidi Oumarou (19) is sitting with her son (2) in a hospital in Thad, where he is being treated for malnutrition. Four months the before photo was taken, she escaped from violence in CAR with her sick son. Photographer: Corentin Fohlen.

                                                              Featured photo credit: World Photography Organisation via worldphoto.org

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                                                              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                              In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                                                              And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                                                              Why is goal setting important?

                                                              1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                                                              Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                                                              For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                                                              Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                                                              After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                                                              So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                                                              2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                                                              The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                                                              The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                                                              We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                                                              What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                                                              3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                                                              We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                                                              Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                                                              But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                                                              What you truly want and need

                                                              Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                                                              Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                                                              Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                                                              When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                                                              Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                                                              Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                                                              Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                                                              Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                                                              The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                                                              It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                                                              Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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