Over 122,000 images were entered into the Sony World Photography Awards, with an Australian photographer taking home top prize in the Sports category.
There are four main categories: professional, open photographer, student focus and youth. The full list of winners in the professional category are:
Architecture — Fabrice Fouillet, France
Arts and Culture — Myriam Meloni, Italy
Campaign — Christian Åslund, Sweden
Conceptual — Roman Pyatkovka, Ukraine
Contemporary Issues — Valerio Bispuri, Italy
Current Affairs — Ilya Pitalev, Russia
Fashion — Klaus Thymann, Denmark
Landscape — Nenad Saljic, Croatia
Lifestyle — Alice Caputo, Italy
Nature & Wildlife — Satoru Kondo, Japan
People — Andrea Gjestvang, Norway
Portraiture — Jens Juul, Denmark
Sport — Adam Pretty, Australia
Still Life — Vanessa Colareta, Peru
Travel — Gali Tibbon, Israel
The coveted L'Iris d'Or/Photographer of the Year trophy was awarded to Andrea Gjestvang with her portraits of the survivors of the Norway massacre in 2011. William Eggleston was given an Outstanding Contribution to Photography award for his influence on the field of colour photography.
Six Australians made it through to the shortlist across a range of categories, with Adam Pretty and Ryan Pierse becoming finalists in February. Adam Pretty's images of the Olympic Journey in 2012 won him the Sports category, with Pretty taking home a Sony A99 camera.
"It was a real surprise to pick up a prize in the Sony World Photography Awards this year, and just a huge honour to be recognised for some Olympic imagery," Pretty said in a statement. "Being a sports photographer, the Olympics is maybe the best event you can photograph (or cover), but also one of the hardest. To actually have the privilege to work at an event like the Olympics is amazing enough, and winning an award for the same work is icing on the cake!"
To see the other Australian photographers who made it to the shortlist stage, click through for our gallery. All of the winning images from the competition can be seen at the World Photography Awards website.