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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

The world’s best contemporary photography from the past year will return to Somerset House in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, from Thursday 18 April to Monday 6 May, 2019. 

From landscape to portraiture, wildlife to fine art, this major exhibition celebrates photography in all its diversity, and showcases incredible talent from across the globe.  All artworks are selected from the winning and shortlisted entries of the Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s most acclaimed international photography competitions.

Highlights include works by the Awards’ Photographer of the Year and a special curation of rarely seen images and film by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient.



"Dazzling winners" - London Evening Standard
"Stunning and moving photography" - Londonist
"World’s best contemporary photographs" - Huffington Post
"Incredible images" - Lonely Planet


The 2018 Exhibition

With over 600 talented photographers on display, the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition showcased inspiring and thought-provoking images from around the globe. The exhibition featured the winning, shortlisted and commended images from the record-breaking 2018 edition of the competition. It also included a room of work by celebrated German artist Candida Höfer, recipient of this year's Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.






About the Venue

Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames.

Offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, they are also a home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers, including Somerset House Studios. One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a place where art and culture is imagined, made and experienced by over 3 million visitors every year.

Full address:
Strand, London WC2R 1LA




Outstanding Contribution to Photography

Highlights include rarely seen images and film by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient (announced March 2019).

Important Info

All requests for press tickets to the exhibition must be requested in advance via

Please note, press tickets are not available for the last weekend of the exhibition, and presentation of a press card on arrival will not gain you admittance.



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