The Sony World Photography Awards have released a shortlist of 44 submissions from 170 countries.

43 Breathtaking Photos You'll Never Forget

The Sony World Photography Awards have released a shortlist of 44 submissions from 170 countries.

An Egyptian soldier gestures as a child walks on top of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Tank Girl

An Egyptian soldier gestures as a child walks on top of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Chinese Opera Troupe.    Photograph by Brian Yen:     "This Chinese opera troupe spends half of the year traveling from town to town, putting on a traditional performance that's been handed down for centuries. They perform in a temporary theater made of bamboo, and at night they retire to the crawl spaces under the stage. The performance backstage at times was much more fascinating. Everything was done in the traditional way, which made the electric light and fan seems just a tad out of time…

Chinese Opera Troupe. Photograph by Brian Yen: "This Chinese opera troupe spends half of the year traveling from town to town, putting on a traditional performance that's been handed down for centuries. They perform in a temporary theater made of bamboo, and at night they retire to the crawl spaces under the stage. The performance backstage at times was much more fascinating. Everything was done in the traditional way, which made the electric light and fan seems just a tad out of time…

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