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Sony World Photography Awards exhibition

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2024 Exhibition

The highly anticipated Sony World Photography Awards exhibition was on show at Somerset House, London from 19 April to 6 May. The exhibition brought extraordinary images to an iconic location, encouraging visitors to discover incredible stories through the best photographers of our time.

What was on show?

This year visitors enjoyed a refreshed curatorial approach, bringing awe-inspiring photographs to life. The various presentations showcased photographs printed and presented digitally to enhance the visual experience. Visitors had the chance to embark on an inspiring journey to uncover award-winning images of captivating wildlife, compelling portraiture, luscious landscapes, impressive architecture, striking street shots and moving documentary projects - plus more!

Also featured at the exhibition was a solo presentation of work by 2023 Photographer of the Year Edgar Martins. As part of his prize, Martins won an exclusive space at this year's Sony World Photography Awards exhibition; he has decided to present an extended series of his winning project Our War, giving visitors the chance to delve deeper into the story, which is a homage to Martins’ friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who was killed during the Libyan Civil War in 2011.

Sebastião Salgado Outstanding Contribution to Photography 

To celebrate Sebastião Salgado as the 2024 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, there was a collection of his most powerful black and white imagery. The curation highlighted the key themes and milestones over the last five decades of his career and featured works from his early projects such as Gold (1986) and Workers (1993), as well as more recent series like Genesis (2011) and Amazônia (2019).

The acclaimed Brazilian photographer also gave a special talk on 19 April, 7pm at LSE, London. Guests had the chance to spend an evening listening to Salgado sharing his insights into his unforgettable photographs and impressive projects. 

Image left: Kuwait, 1991 © Sebastião Salgado


Telling the stories of our time, the annual Sony World Photography Awards hardback book invites its readers to discover and enjoy the best images by contemporary photographers from the past year. 

Don’t miss out on treating yourself to a striking, limited edition Sony World Photography Awards 100% cotton tote bag, released to coincide with the 2024 exhibition. Available in black and pink, what colour will you choose? Or will you treat yourself to both? 

Books + tote bags are now available to buy online from our store

Exhibition Partners

Exhibition Media Partner

The Times is the oldest UK national newspaper in existence. Often referred to as ‘the paper of record’, it was first published as The Daily Universal Register on January 1, 1785. Honed over 200 years, The Times is an important part of the nation's cultural heritage providing balanced, insightful and trusted journalism. A multi-channel media operation, The Times is home to writers covering numerous subjects and award-winning investigative journalists. 



Exhibition Hotel Partner

Nestled in the vibrant heart of London, on one of the city's oldest and most distinguished streets, Strand Palace has been a cornerstone of London's hospitality scene since 1909. Following a breath-taking contemporary renovation in 2019, the hotel seamlessly blends modern comforts with traditional British charm, providing guests with an ideal setting for both leisure and business. With exclusive amenities such as a private bar, restaurant, complimentary onsite gym, and a guest service centre, Strand Palace is the trusted choice to be your preferred home away from home, with all of London’s highlights right on your doorstep. Use the code SWPA24 to receive 20% off Best Available Rate on flexible room bookings.