The beautiful photos in the slideshow below are all winners of the world class amateur photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards 2014.
Winning entries were selected from more than 70,000 entries worldwide, and each photo tells a story. These the photographers are not professionals: they are simply individuals who are passionate about photography.
The Youth Competition is open to photographers under the age of 20 and aims to uncover emerging talent.
The competitors were judged on a single shot and prizes ranged from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April.
The Open Competition was open to all photography enthusiasts. Each of the ten category winners received a Sony a6000 camera. In addition the photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May and the images will be published in the 2014 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
The ten winners of the Open category will now compete for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 (USD) prize. The overall winning Open photographer will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 April and this photographer will be flown to London to collect his/her prize. Tell us below which photo you think should win.
Tickets for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London are now on sale at www.worldphoto.org/2014exhibition.
Take a look at the winning photos below