The Sony World Photography Awards aren't like other photo competitions that focus solely on nature or wildlife. This year's winning images illustrate hauntingly captivating people and places from different cultures around the world.

The judges noted that this year's winners "could not have been more diverse" with their images of intimate portraits and enchanting landscapes. "In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special — whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way," said Zelda Cheatle, chair of judges.

About 320,000 photos were submitted from more than 200 countries and territories, and these are the images that won first place in 10 open competition categories. The overall grand prize winner will be announced on April 19.

First place: Culture

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(Photo: Panos Skordas/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Enhanced

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'Every Breath you Take' (Photo: Klaus Lenzen/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Portraiture

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'Emile' (Photo: Nick Dolding/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Wildlife

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'An Unexpected Meeting' (Photo: Justyna Zduńczyk/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Travel

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'Shapes of Lofoten' (Photo: Mikkel Beiter/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Landscape & Nature

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'Early Autumn' (Photo: Veselin Atanasov/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Architecture

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'The Man and the Mysterious Tower' (Photo: Andreas Pohl/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Motion

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'The Highest Platform' (Photo: Fajar Kristianto/Sony World Photography Awards)

First place: Street photography

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'Old Friends' (Photo: Manuel Armenis/Sony World Photography Awards)