Ten photography students from around the world have been chosen as finalists for the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition.

The shortlisted photographs were revealed today by the World Photography Organisation. Judges were required to pick one finalist per continent and then an additional four photographs from students based anywhere in the world.

Each finalist is now tasked with capturing a series of photographs under the title "Self-portraits". One series will be chosen as the overall winner at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 30 April, while all 10 finalists will have their series displayed at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in May, and will see their work published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to take a look at the ten photographs that made the shortlist for 2014's Student Focus competition.

Right: Russell Bruns, a student at Rhodes University in South Africa, submitted this photograph titled Heewon, Grade 1, Coutrai Primary School, Paarl, South Africa. "South Africa's desegregated top-tier schools still face challenges of diversity and old institutional ideologies," Russell explains.

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