Following the previous announcement of shortlist winners, the complete list of winning submissions for the Sony World Photography Awards 2015′s 173,444 entries has been released. The first, second and third best photos were chosen from three categories: Open, Professional and Youth, and are ranked by country.
The content and themes of the photo submissions span across a variety of subjects, such as breathtaking landscapes, magnificent architecture, unique perspective, and stunning portraits of people and exotic cultures. Some photos are black and white, others feature vibrant color; some capture candid moments, others are the result of brilliant staged direction. The gallery here is a selection of favorite first place photos, but you can head over to the official site to view the rest of the winners.