It’s not everyday that you can find so much beauty, concentrated in one place, as in the Sony World Photography Awards 2013 shortlists. The World Photography Organization announced the most standout photographs for the Professional, Open and Youth categories, selected out of the highest number of submissions to date - over 122,000 entries from 170 countries.

The topics varied from the Obama election campaign to the magnificent sights of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand to wildlife photography. Before the Open category winner is announced on March 19, and the professional competition winner on April 25, check out some photos we couldn’t take our eyes off!

Website: worldphoto.org

Game of Colors

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Anurag Kumar

Beneath the Horizon

Open Competition Shortlist, Travel, Photo by: nathanwillsphotography

Røros

Professional Competition Shortlist, Travel, Photo by: Agurtxane Concellon

Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2012

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Justin Ng

The Godfather

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Peter Delaney

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Current Affairs, Photo by: Ilya Pitalev

Honkey Kong

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by : Christian Åslund

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by: Scout Tufankjian

Urgent Get-Away

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Frederico

Tiger and Turtle

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: Peter Mysticdidge Plorin

The Yellow River

Professional Competition Shortlist, Landscape, Photo by: ZhangKechun_MoST

Open Window

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: Max Van Son

White Handed Treefrog

Professional Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Hudson Garcia

Honkey Kong

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by: Christian Åslund

火龍盛會

Open Competition Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Photo by: Gilbert Yu

Face to Face

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Christian Vizl

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Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Marco

Soul of Sir Hitchcock

Open Competition Shortlist, Split Second, Photo by: Macload

Solaris

Open Competition Shortlist, Architecture, Photo by: nmlamk

In Between Fairytale and Reality

Open Competition Shortlist, Low Light, Photo by: Ethan L.

Wasp

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: photomatz

Agir Avci

Open Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Mehmet Karaca

Smile

Open Competition Shortlist, Smile, Photo by: hung

Night Clouds

Professional Competition Shortlist, Campaign, Photo by : Nenad Saljic

The Walk

Professional Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Ernest Goh

Starry Tree

Open Competition Shortlist, Low Light, Photo by: Elimoe

Urban Cow

Open Competition Shortlist, Split Second, Photo by: Max Ferrero

Don’t Leave Me Alone

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: kimerajam

Butterfly Magic 2

Open Competition, Shortlist Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: sharpeye

Middlearth

Open Competition Shortlist, Panoramic, Photo by: pawello91

Divided

Open Competition Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Photo by: Roberto Bettacchi Photography

Quiver Trees by Night

Open Competition Shortlist, Panoramic, Photo by: Florian Breuer

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Professional Competition Shortlist, Contemporary Issues, Photo by: Daesung Lee