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.

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

Credit: Holger Schmidtke


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

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

Credit: Raban Haaijk


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.

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.

Credit: Stefan Wermuth


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

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

Credit: Patricia Ackerman


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

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

Credit: Kacper Kowalski


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

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

Credit: Michael Theodric

 

"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.

"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.

Credit: Panayis Chrysovergis

 

"Jalan Bukit Ho Swee." Golden Mile Complex in Singapore. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Singapore National Award.

"Jalan Bukit Ho Swee." Golden Mile Complex in Singapore. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards 3rd Place in Singapore National Award.

Credit: Daniel Chia


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

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

Credit: Sungseok Ahn


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

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

Credit: Marcus Bayer


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

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

Credit: Herman Van Den Boom


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

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

Credit: Holger Schmidtke


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

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

Credit: Rahul Talukder


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

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

Credit: Nick Frank


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

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

Credit: Dario Sastre


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

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

Credit: Jan Stel


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

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

Credit: Arjen Schmitz


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

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

Credit: Luis Chandi Paez


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

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

Credit: Gladys Calzadilla


"Metamorphosis." An abandoned industrial site in Fusina near Venice, Italy. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.

"Metamorphosis." An abandoned industrial site in Fusina near Venice, Italy. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition shortlist in the Architecture category.

Credit: Axel Fassio

 

"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.

"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.

Credit: Aashish Rajesh