The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards announced its shortlist on Tuesday. This year's competition received the most entries ever—173,444 from 171 countries, a 24 percent increase from 2014. Currently on its eighth year, the competition is judged anonymously by experts from the World Photographic Academy, which promotes the advancement of photography.

Below are a few of ARCHITECT staff favorites from the shortlisted entries, which span professional, open, and youth categories. The panel will announce each categories' winners on April 23rd.

"The Endless Staircase". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.
Marcus Bayer "The Endless Staircase". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.

"They Shall Never Die 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.
Andrea de Franciscis "They Shall Never Die 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.

"Wildlife in the City". Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shortlist: Nature & Wildlife, Open.
Antoine Weis "Wildlife in the City". Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shortlist: Nature & Wildlife, Open.

"Paradise Discotheque". Shortlist: Architecture, Professional.
Antonio La Grotta "Paradise Discotheque". Shortlist: Architecture, Professional.

"Schoolyard". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.
Armin Appel "Schoolyard". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.

"Aerial Views Adria 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.
Bernhard Lang "Aerial Views Adria 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.

"The Torch". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.
Cesar March "The Torch". Shortlist: Architecture, Open.

"Futuristic Archeology 02". Shortlist: Conceptual, Professional.
Daesung Lee "Futuristic Archeology 02". Shortlist: Conceptual, Professional.

"Restricted Areas, 02". Shortlist: Landscape, Professional.
Danila Tkachenko "Restricted Areas, 02". Shortlist: Landscape, Professional.

"Faces 02". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.
Farid Sani "Faces 02". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.

"Miracle Mile". Los Angeles. Shortlist: Architecture, Open.
Gina Alderson-Hicks "Miracle Mile". Los Angeles. Shortlist: Architecture, Open.

"Ganges, Death of a River, 1". Shortlist: Landscape, Professional Competition.
Giulio di Sturco "Ganges, Death of a River, 1". Shortlist: Landscape, Professional Competition.

"City Through the Colours". Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Shortlist: Architecture, Open.
Goran Erfani "City Through the Colours". Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Shortlist: Architecture, Open.

"Underpass". Shortlist: Low Light, Open.
Iskra Parvanova "Underpass". Shortlist: Low Light, Open.

"Home 2". Morocco. Shortlist: Architecture, Professional.
Joanna Balas "Home 2". Morocco. Shortlist: Architecture, Professional.

"Tooting Bec Lido, London". Shortlist: Campaign, Professional.
Jonathan Syer "Tooting Bec Lido, London". Shortlist: Campaign, Professional.

"William Davaine". Shortlist: Arts and Culture, Open.
Kai Heimberg "William Davaine". Shortlist: Arts and Culture, Open.

"Perfect Symmetry". Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shortlist: Panoramic, Open.
Norman Quinn "Perfect Symmetry". Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shortlist: Panoramic, Open.

"Ici On Vit Nu 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.
Peter Franck "Ici On Vit Nu 01". Shortlist: Travel, Professional.