Hey, remember when we brought you 2016’s Sony World Photography Contest shortlist? Well, the winners of the Open and Youth categories were just announced today. And yes, the photos are gorgeous, awe-inspiring, magnificent, and just about every other positive adjective you can find in your thesaurus.
The competition was tough this year: Out of 103,005 entries from 186 countries, just 13 photos were picked by a panel led by Jael Marschner, former picture editor for Time Out London/Sunday Times Travel — three from the Youth category, and 10 from the Open category.
Each of the talented photographers will receive digital imaging swag from Sony and will also have their images shown at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London this spring. Additionally, the photos will be published in the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
But the competition isn’t done yet — one of those 13 winners will be named the overall Open or Youth Photographer of the Year a gala ceremony in London on April 21.
Seriously, though? Every single one of these photos is pretty great. We’re glad we don’t have to narrow it down any further. Check out the winners and their individual categories below: