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A photograph of a woman surrounded by dried fish Vietnam and another that shows a lightning on a field of lavender in Spain is between the 10 winners of the category to the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 announced Thursday.

Organized by the World Photography Organization, the annual open competition selects “the best individual images” in categories such as travel, architecture, and street photography.

Vietnamese photographer Khanh Phan won the travel category for the image of dried fish, which was done at the Long Hai fish market in Ba Ria -Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Spanish photographer Juan López Ruiz won the landscape category for capturing the moment when lightning struck a field of lavender, with a lone tree in the center.

Electric storm on a lone tree in the lavender fields of Brihuega, Guadalajara, Spain.

Spanish photographer Juan López Ruiz won the landscape category for this image. Credit: Juan López Ruiz / Sony World Photography Awards 2021

German photographer Klaus Lenzen won the architecture category for the image of a set of stairs at the Hyatt Hotel in Dusseldorf that appear to float in space.

And F. Dilek Uyar, from Turkey, was named the winner of the street photography category for the photo of a municipal worker from Ankara, Turkey, disinfecting the platform of a train.

The winners of the other six categories are: Tamary Kudita, Zimbabwe, in the creative category; Mariano Belmar Torrecilla, Spain, lifestyle; Marijo Maduna, Croatia, motion; Cristo Pihlamäe, Estonia, natural world and wildlife; Kata Zih, Hungary, object; and Lyudmila Sabanina, Russian Federation, portrait.

A woman dries trays of fish at the Long Hai Market in Vung Tau Province, Vietnam.  Thousands of scanner trays are dried on rooftops and patios by hundreds of workers.  I came to Long Hai on a photo trip and let myself be overwhelmed by the stairs of the fishing village.

Vietnamese photographer Khanh Phan won the travel category for this image. Credit: Khanh Phan / 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

The top 10 category winners will now be considered for the overall title and a $ 5,000 prize. They also receive a selection of digital imaging equipment from Sony. The overall winner of the Open competition will be announced on April 15th.

More than 100 photographers were shortlisted for the contest along with the category winners. The winning and shortlisted works will be displayed in a virtual exhibition on the World Photography Organization website.

The 2021 contest was judged by Gastón Deleau, director of the FOLA Gallery (Latin American Photo Library – the Latin American Photo Library Library) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the top 10 winners in the Sony World Photography Awards open competition.

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