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Sony World Photography Awards exhibition

Inspiring imagery from the Sony World Photography Awards will return to Somerset House, London this Spring. From 17 April to 4 May, all winning and shortlisted entries from this year's four competitions (Professional, Open, Student and Youth) will be on display. A range of more than 600 stunning photographs will go on show that highlight the beauty and diversity of our world. Running alongside the main exhibition will be a substantial collection of works by this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Gerhard Steidl. 



Tickets will be available to purchase from early March, 2020. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with early bird discounts and ticket opening, please register your interest below. 


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“With categories spanning Professional, Open, Youth and Student, and subjects from empty landscapes and pure abstraction to celebrity portraiture and photojournalism, the exhibition caters to photography experts and neophytes alike.”  
GQ Magazine 

“See the shortlist of the most incredible pictures in the world this year.”
The Independent

“Dozens of striking images from around the globe are in the frame for the Sony World Photography Awards.” 
Mail Online 

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To celebrate being awarded this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Gerhard Steidl and his team will create the display Steidl Book Culture. The Book as Multiple to run alongside the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. 

Aligning with Steidl’s passion to educate the wider public on creating books, there’ll be a substantial mix from his 40+ year career. Set up to reflect a workshop experience, the display will be clearly divided into four sections - Artist, Concept, Design and Print – each mirroring a crucial stage in the book production process. The display presents what’s at the core of Steidl’s practice: sharing ideas and disseminating knowledge to inspire and inform. Speaking about the exhibition, Steidl says: ‘Steidl Book Culture. The Book as Multiple will show some of our most ambitious books and reveal some of the secrets of their production, and hopefully inspire young bookmakers on their way.’ Highlights include Andy Warhol’s The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture, Dayanita Singh's Museum Bhavan and The Japanese Box - a collaboration between the late Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl back in 2001. 

Also accompanying the successful images from the Sony World Photography Awards are the ZEISS Photography Award 2020 winning and shortlisted series and exclusive images from recipients of the 2020 Professional and Student Grants. Another highlight not to miss is the Sony Alpha Female Award winning photograph and the collection of recent imagery by the creators and mentors from the Sony Alpha female US program. 

Read more about Gehard Steidl’s reaction to receiving this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography award here.

Sony World Photography Awards 2019 exhibition

The Sony World Photography Awards 2019 traveling exhibition is currently on tour. See dates here.

“This exhibition is an excellent snapshot of a lot of the best photography of 2018.” 
Erin Barnett, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, International Center of Photography (USA)

“The photographers we’ve selected who are part of this exhibition are very much the vanguard, they’re the next generation in the medium.”
Brendan Embser, Managing Editor, Aperture (USA)