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Sony World Photography Awards for 2016 Unveiled: Photos

Grand prizes have been announced for the world’s largest photography competition.

The 2016 Sony World Photography Award winners have just been announced. This year's top pictures in the world's largest photography competition did everything from take a conceptual look at Mars to capture current events in the moment to snap a rhino on an arid desert walk.

Exhibitions

of the winning and shortlisted works will be on display at Somerset House in London from April 22 through May 8. Here we take a look at some of the winners, beginning with "Fire of Hatred," the L'Iris d'Or winner taken by Iran's Asghar Khamseh. It shows a victim of acid throwing, a violent act committed primarily against women and children, the intent of which is to disfigure, maim and destroy the social life and future of the victim.

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Open Photographer of the Year went to Japan's Kei Nomiyama for "Enchanted Bamboo Forest," capturing fireflies as they light up the night.

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Professional - Current Affairs category winner Angelo Tzortzinis took "In Search of the European Dream," capturing an Afghan refugee carrying his child, as he arrives along with other refugees on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on May 27, 2015.

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Maroesjka Lavigne snapped this rhino in the scorching desert of Namibia. It was good for first place in the Professional - Landscape category.

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Germany's Kirstin Schmitt won first-place, Professional - Candid, for "Milagro," which comes from the series "Waiting for the Candymen." The series was billed in a release as a study of Cuban idiosyncracy and an allegory of waiting for tomorrow, the right moment, or someone who brings redemption.

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Canada's Kevin Frayer took this picture and first prize in the Professional - Environment category. It captures an eagle-hunting festival, an effort to promote traditional hunting practices for new generations in the mountainous region of western China that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. The training and handling of the large birds of prey follow a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters are attempting to preserve for future generations.

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Amelie Labourdette, of France, snared first place in the Professional - Architecture category for this photograph, "Empire of dust # 18, Palerme, Sicile." It was taken in southern Italy, where "financial crises and embezzlement have created an architectural aesthetic of incompleteness," according to a statement released by contest organizers.

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It was "Greetings from Mars" selfie in this Professional - Conceptual first place winner from France's Julien Mauve.

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Here's another shot, up close, from Kevin Frayer's eagle-hunting series.

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And here's Canada's Kevin Frayer again, this time taking first in the Professional - People category for this photograph of Tibetan nomads, who face many challenges to their traditional way of life including political pressure and forced resettlement by the Chinese government. The Tibetan Plateau, often called "the Roof of the World," is the world's highest and largest plateau.

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