From Acid Attack Victims To Tiny Dancers, Photos From The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards : Goats and Soda From a man with his pet rooster in Bali to the victim of an acid attack in Iran, here are some of the featured images from the Sony World Photography Awards.
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6 Sensational Photos From A Global Contest With 230,000 Entries

A young man from Bali, Indonesia, shows off his rainbow-colored rooster before a cockfight. Courtesy of Ruben Salgado Escudero and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Ruben Salgado Escudero and the World Photography Organization

A young man from Bali, Indonesia, shows off his rainbow-colored rooster before a cockfight.

Courtesy of Ruben Salgado Escudero and the World Photography Organization

One photo of a pensive Congolese woman in her distinctive makeup could be mistaken for a Renaissance painting. Another, of a coal plant sending smoke plumes over a town in China, looks like a still from a 1950s propaganda film. And another, of a little girl yawning during an Indonesian festival, will just make you smile.

The images from the ninth annual Sony World Photography Awards, the largest photo competition in the world, come in many styles and flavors. More than 230,000 photos, taken from the past 12 months, were submitted by photographers in 186 countries. The World Photography Organization announced the grand prize winners for the 14 categories, ranging from sport to travel, last week.

The top award, the L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year, along with a $25,000 prize, went to a sobering subject: acid attack victims, documented by Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh in his heart-wrenching series "Fire of Hatred."

The winning and shortlisted photos are on display at the Somerset House in London until May 8. We selected a few featured entries that show the faces and places we cover on our blog.

Editor's Note: Viewers may find the last image in this sequence disturbing.

For the Ekondas pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the most important moment in a woman's life is the birth of her first child. The young mother goes through an elaborate beautification ritual to draw attention to herself, spreading pastes of palm oil and other ingredients over her hair and body. Courtesy of Patrick Willocq and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Patrick Willocq and the World Photography Organization

Men push a cart through a neighborhood in northern Shanxi, China, as smoke billows from a coal-fired power plant in the distance. Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization

Men push a cart through a neighborhood in northern Shanxi, China, as smoke billows from a coal-fired power plant in the distance.

Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization

A yawn from one of the girls who'll perform a traditional dance at the Hindu Melasti Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Courtesy of Khairel Anuar Che Ani and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Khairel Anuar Che Ani and the World Photography Organization

A yawn from one of the girls who'll perform a traditional dance at the Hindu Melasti Festival in Bali, Indonesia.

Courtesy of Khairel Anuar Che Ani and the World Photography Organization

Tibetan nomads put up a string of Buddhist prayer flags in Qinghai, China. They face many challenges to their traditional way of life, including political pressure to resettle, climate change and rapid modernization. Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization

Tibetan nomads put up a string of Buddhist prayer flags in Qinghai, China. They face many challenges to their traditional way of life, including political pressure to resettle, climate change and rapid modernization.

Courtesy of Kevin Frayer and the World Photography Organization

A woman in Iran shows her injuries from an acid attack. Victims of this kind of violence are often women and children. The trigger may be a family conflict, a rejected marriage proposal or a desire for revenge. Courtesy of Asghar Khamseh and the World Photography Organization hide caption

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Courtesy of Asghar Khamseh and the World Photography Organization

A woman in Iran shows her injuries from an acid attack. Victims of this kind of violence are often women and children. The trigger may be a family conflict, a rejected marriage proposal or a desire for revenge.

Courtesy of Asghar Khamseh and the World Photography Organization