Here's a selection of shortlisted photos. See all of the shortlist images on the World Photography Organization website, WorldPhoto.org.
Stairways From Heaven © Martin Seraphin of Germany, Shortlist, Open Architecture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
"Taken under a bridge in Belgium in April 2015 with Sony a7II and Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens."
Too Much Practice © Khairel Anuar Che Ani of Malaysia, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
"Image was taken in Bali during Melasti Festival. This Festival is conducted once a year in conjunction with Nyepi or Silent Day. These young girls were waiting for their turn to perform. They looked stunning with their bright coloured costumes and heavy make-up on, however the expression on each of the girls' face especially the yawning girl gives this image an extra 'ummpph'."
Untitled © Li Jun Wang of China, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Untitled © Valter Bernardeschi of Italy, Shortlist, Open Nature and Wildlife, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Reindeer Farmer Kids © Peter Voss of Germany, Shortlist, Open Competition, Smile, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Lighting Dream © Minh Ngo Thanh of Vietnam, Shortlist, Open Arts and Culture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards