Over 220,000 entries and only a few were chosen for 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, which means that those who achieved top honours are very talented indeed.
Here are some of the pictures that triumphed in the open competition, which received entries from both amateur and professional photographers.
The winners are from various categories, such as nature and wildlife.
Scroll down for an amazing selection of open winners and runners-up from the Sony awards. The professional winners are announced on April 20.