From a record-breaking number of entries, ten exceptional photographs have been named the best single photos of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. The best standalone images of the year—submitted by photographers from 195 countries—compete in the Open competition.
This year’s winners include Christy Lee Rogers, who took home first place in the Motion category. Her work Harmony is taken from her Muses series. If you think you’ve seen this image before, it may be because it resembles one of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The product of an underwater shoot in Hawaii, photographer Christy Lee Rogers used the shimmering surface of the water as a canvas, on which to paint this snapshot of billowing fluidity.