2016 Sony World Photography Awards provide snapshot of world’s diverse cultures

Gangasagar Fair … devotees worshipping the sun just after their bath. Picture: Abhijit Banerjee/2016 Sony World Photography Awards

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.

Chinese New Year ... monks at LangMu Temple in heavy snow. Picture: Longxiang Xie, China/2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Chinese New Year … monks at LangMu Temple in heavy snow. Picture: Longxiang Xie, China/2016 Sony World Photography AwardsSource:Supplied

Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia. Picture: Peter Voss, Germany/ 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Reindeer farmer kids in Mongolia. Picture: Peter Voss, Germany/ 2016 Sony World Photography AwardsSource:Supplied

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.

Sinai Park ... This year, tourism in Sinai has suffered once again from the effects the troubles in the region. Picture: Andrea and Magda Micelli/ 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Sinai Park … This year, tourism in Sinai has suffered once again from the effects the troubles in the region. Picture: Andrea and Magda Micelli/ 2016 Sony World Photography AwardsSource:Supplied

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.

Time and history ... a ruined church in Russia. Picture: Petr Antonov/ 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

Time and history … a ruined church in Russia. Picture: Petr Antonov/ 2016 Sony World Photography AwardsSource:Supplied

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.

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