The Sony World Photography Awards are one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photography competitions.
The 12th edition saw a record breaking 326,997 submissions by photographers from 195 countries, presenting the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.
The coveted Photographer of the Year title was presented at a London ceremony to the Italian artist Federico Borella for his series Five Degrees – which focuses on male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India.
Upon winning the award, which includes a $25,000 (£19,235) prize, Mr Borella said: “This award is one of the most important things for my career and my life.
“This kind of visibility is amazing because it allows me and my work to reach a global audience, it is a ‘golden ticket’ that happens once in a lifetime.”
Our gallery features the winning images from the 10 professional categories, as well as the overall winner.