Swirling tornadoes, glittering ice caves and a breaching killer whale: The world’s largest photography awards disclose its stunning shortlist. There’re some of the entries to have made the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, now in its 10th year. You can see a vast tornado over a deserted highway in Texas, whereas another captures of an almighty killer whale breaches off the northern coast of Hokkaido in Japan, tossing silver shards of glimmering water into the air as it breaks the surface.

Thus, the 49 countries are represented in the shortlist, with the winners to be revealed on April 20 in London. These are just some of the moment’s judges for the Sony World Photography Awards have picked out for this year’s shortlist. For the 2017 competition, the largest in the world, now in its 10th year – photographers from across the planet entered a record 227,596 images across the awards’ Professional, Open and Youth categories. This was indeed a truly global reach to the Sony World Photography Awards judging this year – the images were more diverse and broad ranging than have ever seen before.

A bedouin boy in Oman poses with his father's rifle

A bedouin boy in Oman poses with his father’s rifle

A boy in Nakhon si Thammarat, South Thailand, rests his weary head on a buffalo in the mists of the early morning

A boy in Nakhon si Thammarat, South Thailand, rests his weary head on a buffalo in the mists of the early morning

A chorus of five baby swallows eagerly await the return of their mother, who will drop food into their tiny beaks

A chorus of five baby swallows eagerly await the return of their mother, who will drop food into their tiny beaks

A firefighter crosses into a burning building to douse fire at Tampaco Foils Limited, a packaging factory in the Tongi industrial area near Dhaka, Bangladesh

A firefighter crosses into a burning building to douse fire at Tampaco Foils Limited, a packaging factory in the Tongi industrial area near Dhaka, Bangladesh

A tornado supercell storm rolls over the town of Stratford, Texas, USA

A tornado supercell storm rolls over the town of Stratford, Texas, USA

Caught in the crossfire, Iraqi civilians displaced by fighting in the village of Shora, just south of Mosul, reach an Iraqi army checkpoint on the northern outskirts of Qayyarah

Caught in the crossfire, Iraqi civilians displaced by fighting in the village of Shora, just south of Mosul, reach an Iraqi army checkpoint on the northern outskirts of Qayyarah

Christina Roemmelt took this startling image of an ice cave in December 2016 after a long hike to a glacier in an undisclosed location

Christina Roemmelt took this startling image of an ice cave in December 2016 after a long hike to a glacier in an undisclosed location

Here in Si Chuan, China, the Five Sciences Buddhism Academy rests under stormy clouds just moments before the heavy rain

Here in Si Chuan, China, the Five Sciences Buddhism Academy rests under stormy clouds just moments before the heavy rain

In Japan, an almighty killer whale breaches off the northern coast of Hokkaido, tossing silver shards of glimmering water into the air as it breaks the surface

In Japan, an almighty killer whale breaches off the northern coast of Hokkaido, tossing silver shards of glimmering water into the air as it breaks the surface

Off the coast of Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands, a lone silkie shark illuminated by the sunlight lurks beneath the surface near a rocky wall

Off the coast of Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands, a lone silkie shark illuminated by the sunlight lurks beneath the surface near a rocky wall

Paulus Sampe Lemba, who died at the age of 62. Every three or five years, Toraja people pay their respects to the deceased by cleaning corpses and dressing them in their favourite clothes

Paulus Sampe Lemba, who died at the age of 62. Every three or five years, Toraja people pay their respects to the deceased by cleaning corpses and dressing them in their favourite clothes

The composited and manipulated the photograph to deliver the surreal feeling of staying in a concrete jungle and the desire for freedom

The composited and manipulated the photograph to deliver the surreal feeling of staying in a concrete jungle and the desire for freedom

The photo is taken at a cemetery in Manila, Philippines, where a community of homeless people live, including this child who has found a balloon to play with among the unclaimed bones and bodies

The photo is taken at a cemetery in Manila, Philippines, where a community of homeless people live, including this child who has found a balloon to play with among the unclaimed bones and bodies

The scattered stars of the Milky Way light up the sky above the main highway through the southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand

The scattered stars of the Milky Way light up the sky above the main highway through the southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand

The sun setting over Yosemite Valley as shot from Taft Point while my girlfriend poses on the cliff edge during our road trip across the Americas

The sun setting over Yosemite Valley as shot from Taft Point while my girlfriend poses on the cliff edge during our road trip across the Americas

Thousands of Muslims in Tongi, near Dhaka in Bangladesh, take Friday prayers in congregation grounds as part of Biswa Istema, the second largest religious gathering of Muslims in the world

Thousands of Muslims in Tongi, near Dhaka in Bangladesh, take Friday prayers in congregation grounds as part of Biswa Istema, the second largest religious gathering of Muslims in the world

Turkish photographer Oktay Subasi captured this majestic image of a rancher amid a herd of horses cantering through the dust

Turkish photographer Oktay Subasi captured this majestic image of a rancher amid a herd of horses cantering through the dust

Pier Mane captured this indigenous tribe of the Solomon islands, where he says: 'It seems kids learn to paddle before they walk'

Pier Mane captured this indigenous tribe of the Solomon islands, where he says: ‘It seems kids learn to paddle before they walk’

Wildebeest kick up clouds of dust as they charge through the African Serengeti during their annual mass-migration

Wildebeest kick up clouds of dust as they charge through the African Serengeti during their annual mass-migration

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