The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Throughout TIME’s unparalleled photojournalists were there. At a time when so much hangs in the balance, bearing witness can be the most essential act — and that’s what we do. Here's the best of our commissioned photojournalism from

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The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

'Dreaming of Dubai' - incredible series of aerial photographs documenting the skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and its balance between illusion and reality. Photographed by German photographer Johannes Heuckeroth.   .

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