On Tuesday, the World Photography Organisation announced several winners in this year's Sony World Photography Awards. The competition is fierce—139,554 images were submitted from 166 countries around the world—and the program includes professional, student, youth, national, and open awards. More winners will be announced next month.

Many of the contest's photos featuring architecture frame or focus on a building so the image becomes almost abstract. Other building shots are closer to journalism. Ranked randomly, here are some of the coolest shots of architecture in the bunch. (Brownie points to anyone who can name the architects. We'll even give you a head start: the second shot features the recently completed De Rotterdam by Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA, in the Netherlands.)

"Under the Staircase." Staircase in an office building in Cologne, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition Winner in the Architecture category.
Holger Schmidtke "Under the Staircase." Staircase in an office building in Cologne, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition Winner in the Architecture category.


"De Rotterdam." 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place for Netherlands National Award.
Raban Haaijk "De Rotterdam." 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place for Netherlands National Award.


Vanessa Burras, 42, poses for a photograph outside her snack trailer along the A49 near Bristol, southwest England on Sept. 5, 2013. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Travel category.
Stefan Wermuth Vanessa Burras, 42, poses for a photograph outside her snack trailer along the A49 near Bristol, southwest England on Sept. 5, 2013. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Travel category.


"Between Lines." Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Argentina National Award.
Patricia Ackerman "Between Lines." Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Argentina National Award.


"Changing Identity/New Identity 07." Houses in the city of Jiangyin, China. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition in Contemporary Issues category.
Kacper Kowalski "Changing Identity/New Identity 07." Houses in the city of Jiangyin, China. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition in Contemporary Issues category.


"Side of Sunda Kelapa." Ujung Genteng, Indonesia. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Youth Competition shortlist in the Environment category.
Michael Theodric "Side of Sunda Kelapa." Ujung Genteng, Indonesia. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Youth Competition shortlist in the Environment category.

 

"Al Zaatari Store." Makeshift metal construction near a Syrian refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Greece National Award.
Panayis Chrysovergis "Al Zaatari Store." Makeshift metal construction near a Syrian refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Greece National Award.
"Jalan Bukit Ho Swee." Golden Mile Complex in Singapore. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Singapore National Award.
Daniel Chia "Jalan Bukit Ho Swee." Golden Mile Complex in Singapore. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Singapore National Award.


Sungnyemun in Seoul. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition finalist in the Architecture category.
Sungseok Ahn Sungnyemun in Seoul. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition finalist in the Architecture category.


"Home of Knowledge." New public Library in Stuttgart, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 2nd place in Germany National Award.
Marcus Bayer "Home of Knowledge." New public Library in Stuttgart, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 2nd place in Germany National Award.


"Neighbours." Double houses in Belgium. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition Shortlist in Architecture.
Herman Van Den Boom "Neighbours." Double houses in Belgium. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition Shortlist in Architecture.


"Lightsnake." Artwork in Duisburg, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st place in Germany National Award.
Holger Schmidtke "Lightsnake." Artwork in Duisburg, Germany. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st place in Germany National Award.


"Rana Plaza Tragedy." Bangladesh. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Finalist.
Rahul Talukder "Rana Plaza Tragedy." Bangladesh. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus Finalist.


2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.
Nick Frank 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.


Centro Niemeyer in Spain. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Spain National Award.
Dario Sastre Centro Niemeyer in Spain. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Spain National Award.


Cooling tower. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.
Jan Stel Cooling tower. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.


"010 SHG City." Shanghai. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Landscape category.
Arjen Schmitz "010 SHG City." Shanghai. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Landscape category.


"Confesiones." Church of the Convent of San Agustin de Quito. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Ecuador National Award.
Luis Chandi Paez "Confesiones." Church of the Convent of San Agustin de Quito. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 1st Place in Ecuador National Award.


"Cemento y Cielo." 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Venezuela National Award.
Gladys Calzadilla "Cemento y Cielo." 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Venezuela National Award.


"Metamorphosis." An abandoned industrial site in Fusina near Venice, Italy. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.
Axel Fassio "Metamorphosis." An abandoned industrial site in Fusina near Venice, Italy. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.
"Through the Arches of Culture." The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Youth Competition shortlist in the Culture category.
Aashish Rajesh "Through the Arches of Culture." The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Youth Competition shortlist in the Culture category.