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Photos: See Asia Through the Lenses of the World's Leading Photographers

This week, the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, announced its shortlist of winners. Hosted annually by the World Photography Organisation, this year’s contest drew 173,444 images from 171 countries — the highest number of entries in the competition’s eight-year history.

View the slideshow above for a photographic tour of Asia, comprised entirely of selections from this year’s shortlist.

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