The annual Sony World Photography Awards are open to a range of photographers, from working professionals to amateurs and keen enthusiasts.
Six Australians were shortlisted, with Adam Pretty and Ryan Pierse making it through to the finalist stage in sports photography. Overall, the entire competition received over 122,000 entries from 170 countries around the world.
Click through to see the work of all the Australian photographers who were shortlisted or made it to the finals in the competition.
Usain Bolt races in the Mens 100 metre final at the 2012 London Olympics. Finalist in the Professional Competition.