The World Photography Organisation has announced the shortlists for the professional, open and youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography awards. This year's competition saw the highest number of submissions to date with more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries. The shortlist offers an insight into a remarkable gallery of images. Winners are scheduled to be announced in March and April. 

Professional Category Finalists:

A selection of photographs in this category will be exhibited in London at the Winners' Exhibition, 26 April - 12 May 2013. 

'Getting Down' by Yannic - Finalist for the Professional Architecture category. 'Ascension' by Meaghan Ogilvie - Finalist for the Professional Fashion category.
'121867-424317' by indiphoto - Finalist for the Professional Contemporary Issues category. 'Six Degrees of Copenhagen' by Jens Juul - Finalist for the Professional Portraiture category.

Open Category Finalists 

The Open competition is designed for amateur photographers with an opportunity to have their work awarded as well as the chance to be discovered. 

 'The Godfather' by Peter Delaney - Finalist for the Open Nature & Wildlife category.

Youth Shortlist and Commended:

According to organisation the aim of this category was to discover budding photographers and provide an avenue that helps them channel their creative energy into producing meaningful work and exposing their work to a larger audience.

Carla & Xenia by BertaVicente - Finalist for Youth Portraits Award Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania - Finalist for Youth Culture Award
Aaron Rigsby, USA - Finalist for Youth Commendable Environment Award