From families hit by Ebola, to abandoned Italian nightclubs, including Bolivian women wrestlers and American teenagers on their prom night: the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition features some of the finest photographs of the year in the most diverse categories.
For their eighth year running, the awards – the world’s largest photography competition – received no less than 173,444 entries from 171 countries. The panel of judges, from the World Photography Organisation, had to select images from a diverse range of subject-matter which included current affairs, sport, still-life, architecture and arts. The selected images in each category are exhibited in different formats: prints, but also tablets or TV screens for the mobile phone competition.
Shocking images of Ukraine crisis sit beside quirky portraits of elderly women having their hair cut. In addition to the different competitions, the Outstanding Contribution to Photography exhibition celebrates the iconic images of everyday life made by the legendary Magnum Photographer Elliott Erwitt.
2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, until 10 May
Marina is a freelance journalist and culture writer based in London and an analogue photography enthusiast. She holds a Journalism degree from City University.