FROM Hindus bathing in Bengal to Tibetan monks wrapped in rich red capes sprinkled with snow flakes and kids riding reindeers in Mongolia, this year’s entries in the Sony World Photo awards provide the ultimate snapshot of the world’s diverse cultures and traditions.
There is a strong sense of empathy in the entries, many of which are centred around the major news stories of 2015 including the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine and the European refugee crisis.
The shortlist was announced from a record 230,000 entries from 186 countries and included two Australians; Daniel Berehulak and Paul Ström.
Originally from Sydney, Berehulak is an award-winning photojournalist based in New Delhi, India.
He has covered history-shaping events including the Iraq war, the trial of Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan elections and the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan before her assassination.
Ström is a fine art and documentary photographer based in Perth. Through his work he likes to examine the sense of history being lost and forgotten in the name of progress. He aims to capture fleeting moments that might hold something of importance. Jump in and enjoy their amazing images plus our highlights from the short-listed selection.