See the shortlist of the most incredible pictures in the world this year
The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
Professional photographers the world over have entered their best pictures in the annual competition in the hopes of winning $25,000 and heavy promotion.
A panel of anonymous judges were faced with hundreds of thousands of photographs from which they selected the best across ten categories.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 17 along with the winner of the student photography awards, the shortlist for which has also been announced.
Here The Independent has compiled the best pictures from the shortlist in the gallery above.
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