Judges, Frontrunners Revealed in Sony World Photography Awards 2015

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"Hindu devotees throw vivid colour at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers," 2014© Ioulia Chvetsova—France, Entry, Arts and Culture Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
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"This is exactly the moment when Romanian YAK Team is breaking the formation just in front of the public at Bucharest International Air Show. At that moment they look just like they are haunting each other," 2014© Cioplea Vlad—Romania, Entry, Split Second Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
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"A man washes his feet before bathing in the Hooghly River, part of the Holi Ganges River in the early morning in Kolkata, India. The morning ritual of bathing oneself in the Ganges is a tradition of most Hindus, paying homage to their ancestors and their gods," 2014© Nick Ng—Malaysia, Entry, Split Second Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
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"Step by step," Berlin, 2014© Ralf Wendrich—Germany, Entry, Architecture, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
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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 and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": 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," 2014© Cor Boers—Netherlands, Entry, Architecture Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

With over two dozen submission categories, from Contemporary Issues, Portraiture, and Nature & Wildlife, to Low Light, “Split Second,” and “Smile,” the Sony Awards are among the most inclusive around, showcasing a notably diverse selection of work. Whether at the Profession level, the Open competition for enthusiasts and amateurs, or the Youth competition for photographers under the age of 19, all contests are free to enter. Here, we're featuring a small selection of highlight photos submitted to the 2015 Open competition which were revealed this week.

The 2015 judging committee for the Professional selection was also announced, and includes Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor at the_ New York Times Magazine_, Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor at VICE, Maria Pieri, Editorial Director at National Geographic Traveller, among others.

Previous years' winners in the Professional tier include Guy Martin, Dan Kitwood, Kacper Kowalski and Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, who was named L'Iris d'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2014. See past winners' project galleries here.

The Open and Youth competition deadline for submission is Jan. 5, 2015. The Professional competition final call is January 8. Full entry details are available at www.worldphoto.org.