View the finalists of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, showing some of the best positive and negative moments of the last year.

The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards was revealed yesterday, showcasing the best entries in the professional, open and youth categories.

The contest, run by the World Photography Organisation, attracted over 139,000 entries from 166 different countries – record numbers in the seven year history of the photography competition.

The finalist images selected by the judges include some of the best photographs taken across the globe during the last year. All of the shortlisted photos will go on show from 1 to 18 May at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London, and will also be published in a book.

The winning photographers in the open and youth categories will be announced on 18 March 2014, and the professional category winners, as well as the L’Iris D’Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be revealed at a ceremony in London on 30 April 2014.

Here’s a small selection of the shortlisted photographs. View all the finalists over on the award’s website. Don’t miss the photo by South African photographer Laura Schmid in the youth category below.

Selection of Professional Category Finalists

Aeriel Series

© Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, Greece, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

What is Missing 01

© Salvatore Esposito, Italy, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Ken Hermann, Denmark, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Wet Dog 02

© Sophie Gamand, France, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© YongSheng Zheng, China, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Wilfred Berthelsen, Norway, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Salvatore Calafato, Italy, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© K. M. Asad, Bangladesh, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Suvra Kanti Das, Bangladesh, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© George Logan, United Kingdom, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Selection of Open Category Finalists

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© Sean Batten, United Kingdom, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Beer festival in Munich

© Li Hao, China, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Samsara

© Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

What are you staring at !?

© Chin Boon Leng, Singapore, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Muddy Smile

© Alpay Erdem, Turkey, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Yellow Fellow

© Anurag Kumar, India, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Guillermo Barquero, Costa Rica, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

The Mongol

© Simon Morris, United Kingdom, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Selection of Youth Category Finalists

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© Laura Schmid, South Africa, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

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© Agata Mroczek, Poland, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Life and Line

© Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Upupa epops

© Anna Vadász, Hungary, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Young Talents

© Anastasia Zhetvina, Russian Federation, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Untitled

© Borhan Mardani, Iran, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Refuge

© Edward Bonnevie, Norway, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Stop

© Fanni Putnoczki, Hungary, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

All photographs retain the copyrights of their respective owners, and are republished here with the permission of the World Photography Organisation.

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