Now in its tenth year, the Sony World Photography Awards, never fails to disappoint. This year's shortlist has been drawn from an astonishing 227,596 images; taken by professional and amateur photographers from all over the planet.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is but a small sample of this truly astonishing photography collection. Wildlife, travel, nature...and so much more. It's all here.

This gallery is sure to put your Magaluf '07 holiday snaps into perspective.

1) Sorin Rechitan/Romania (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Sorin Rechitan

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2) Hiroshi Tanita/Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Hiroshi Tanita

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3) Maximilian Conrad/Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Maximilian Conrad

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4) Josselin Cornou/France (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Josselin Cornou

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5) Zhu Jianxing/China (Open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Zhu Jianxing

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6) Natsumi Handa/Japan (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: Natsumi Handa

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7) Meniconzi Alessandra/Switzerland (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: Meniconzi Alessandra

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8) Lo Tsz Him/Hong Kong (Open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Lo Tsz Him

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9) Maruf Hossain/Bangladesh (open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Maruf Hossain

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10) Alexandr Melnik/Russia (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: Alexandr Melnik

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11) Sonalini Khetrapal/India (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: Sonalini Khetrapal

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12) Toshiyasu Morita/USA (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: Toshiyasu Morita

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13) František Dulik/Slovakia (Open Competition, Wildlife)

Photo: František Dulik

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14) Edwin Ong Wee Kee/Malaysia (Open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Edwin Ong Wee Kee

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15) Anh Thang Tran/Czech Republic (Open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Anh Thang Tran

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16) Taniya Sarkar/India (Open Competition, Travel)

Photo: Taniya Sarkar

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17) Masayasu Sakuma/Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Masayasu Sakuma

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18) Ann Ric/Malaysia (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Ann Ric

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19) Miyono Okamoto/Japan (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Miyono Okamoto

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20) Christina Roemmelt/Germany (Open Competition, Nature)

Photo: Christina Roemmelt

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