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Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition

Tickets are now on sale for one of the most inspiring fixtures in the photographic calendar! 

We are so excited for the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition to return to Somerset House and the 2022 edition is sure to be one of our best yet, offering a unique experience for all who visit. 

What you’ll see

Open from Thursday 13th April to Monday 2nd May, visitors can delve into an impressive range of breath-taking photos and be immersed in some of today's most compelling stories. Celebrating the diversity of photography as it exists today, the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition showcases the very best images from all competitions across the Awards. Bringing together inspiring contemporary photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, the display will then travel to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool before embarking on an international tour. 

A special curation of over a dozen large-scale photographs by the Awards’ 2022 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Edward Burtnyksy, will also be on show. The selection, made by the artist, highlights key bodies of work and themes over his 40-year career. These include epic scenes from Anthropocene (2018), an examination of human activity and its profound influence on the Earth and its systems; Oil (2009), a 12-year chronicle of the complex oil cycle; and images from Burtynsky’s forthcoming series Africa (2022), a look at the African landscape and areas transformed by resource extraction. 

Opening times and tickets


Standard ticket: £15
Concession ticket: £11* 
Children under 12 years old and disabled companions: free admission
Group ticket: £13.50 each (must be groups of 10+ people) 

Visitors are recommended to book their tickets online in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the Somerset House website or in Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing at Somerset House. 


Special offer! 20% discount on 2022 book

Pre-order your exclusive copy of the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 book when you purchase a ticket to the exhibition and get a 20% discount! 

A must-have for all photography lovers to add to their library, this hardback book invites its readers to discover the most exciting stories by contemporary photographers from the past year.   With vibrant photgraphs from the Professional, Open, Student and Youth competitions from the 2022 Awards, this latest edition is a coveted title to add to your collection. There is also an essay dedicated to Edward Burtynsky - this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient. 

RRP: £34.99
Discount price £27.99 (only valid when purchasing ticket to 2022 exhibition at Somerset House. 

Once you have selected your ticket and you reach the checkout there will be an option to purchase your discounted book (not before). Once you have purchased the book, you can pick up your copy at the Sony World Photography Award’s Book Shop. Please note you will need to present your ticket).




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

One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a place where art and culture are imagined, made, and experienced.

Full address

Somerset House has four entrances. You can reach all of our galleries, restaurants and outdoor spaces from any entrance.

Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Public transport

By underground

Temple (Circle & District lines; 250 metres, 5-minute walk)

Covent Garden (Piccadilly line; 650m, 8min)

Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern lines; 700m, 10min)

Embankment (Circle & District lines; 700m, 10min)

By bus

Buses 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1 and X68 all pass along the Strand and/or Aldwych, stopping within 100-200 metres of Somerset House.


Talks and Workshops

OCP Talk with Edward Burtynsky

Limited tickets now available! Join the conversation between this year's recipient of Outstanding Contribution to Photography and the Senior Curator of Tate Modern on 13 April. 

Edward Burtynsky's impressive work is a four-decade-long reflection on the often destructive effect we as people have on our planet earth. Eye-catching compositions of unusual subjects such as dams, quarries, mines, and landfills combined with fascinating environmentally-conscious stories are at the forefront of this work.

Learn more about Edward Burtynsky's notable 40 year career, his interesting approach to photography, and his take on a more sustainable future this April.



Workshop with London Photographic

Rhythm and harmony in photography form the basis of extraordinary compositions. Harmony, pattern and repetition surround us in both natural and man made forms, they offer photographers great opportunities for dramatic and eye catching shots. In this fun task based workshop, you’ll be given a series of exercises to help you develop an eye for shooting patterns and repetition in all its many forms. Think of this as STREET meets ABSTRACT! Guidance and support will be provided throughout the session.

● This session is aimed at beginners and intermediates

● Any camera or smartphone
● Standard or zoom lens



Saturday 23 April - Somerset House 

Tour: 11.30am to 13.00pm & Workshop: 13.30pm to 3.00pm

Wednesday 27 April - Somerset House

Tour: 5.30pm to 7.00pm & Workshop 7.30pm to 9.00pm


You can book the tour and workshop as an add-on to your ticket. 



Important information

Any questions? 

If you have any questions relating to ticket information or are having trouble booking please call Somerset House directly 0333 320 2836.

Lines are open 9am - 9pm 

More contact information here

Press tickets

All requests for press passes to the exhibition must be request in advance via