Stunning photograph shows a flower as an insect might see it


Debora Lombardi/Professional Competition/Wildlife & Nature

THESE incredible images are all winning or shortlisted entries in the professional competition of the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards, a global contest celebrating contemporary photography.

The above and below photos were taken by Debora Lombardi and were shortlisted in the Wildlife & Nature category. Lombardi used a photography technique to show the fluorescence of flowers under UV light, revealing them as insects might see them.

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Debora Lombardi/Professional competition/Wildlife & Nature

The below image of a pufferfish was taken by Arun Kuppuswamy Mohanraj as part of his project Diaphonization – Dyeing the Dead. Mohanraj dehydrated the pufferfish in ethanol to harden the bone and cartilage, before using coloured stains to make the bones appear red and the cartilage blue. Then he exposed it to the enzyme trypsin, which digested most of the tissues and made them transparent. The image was shortlisted in the Wildlife & Nature category.

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In the below photo, Manuel Enrique González Carmona captured the colourful mineral deposits of a copper mine’s toxic waste pond, located in Huelva, Spain. It was shortlisted in the Landscape category.

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Manuel Enrique González Carmona/Professional Competition/Landscape

Finally, Lorenzo Poli’s image of a volcanic desert in the Icelandic Highlands celebrates what he calls the “untamed world” of Earth. Poli’s Life on Earth series won in the Landscape category.

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Lorenzo Poli/Professional Competition/Landscape

All of the winning and shortlisted images are on show at Somerset House in London until 2 May.

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