Photographers using ink cartridges to print their best work may be interested to see the shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards, which has been announced today (February 2nd).

The contest invites both professional and amateur snappers to submit their images and has this year attracted over 112,000 entries from 171 countries around the world.

In the Photojournalism and Documentary categories, snaps have reflected a turbulent past 12 months, with pictures capturing the war in Libya, the Fukushima disaster in Japan and the European economic crisis.

Meanwhile, in the Fine Art and Commercial section, photos depicting everyday life from religious pilgrimages in Poland to rice harvesting in China were entered.

Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation Astrid Merget said: "Within the Professional awards, the bodies of work are beautifully presented and distinctive, whilst in the Open categories, the single snapshots are diverse and demonstrate excellent skill within the amateur market."

Elsewhere, it was confirmed this week that London's Photographers' Gallery will reopen to the public in May, following an £8.9 million renovation that has taken place over the last 18 months.