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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London is now closed. The exhibition will travel around the world. Visit our Traveling Exhibition page for more details.

Entries for the 2019 competitions are now open:



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


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

Featured at the 2018 exhibition: An exclusive selection of large-scale color work by our renowned Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Candida Höfer. 

Candida Höfer is one of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers. Renowned for her precise methodology and technique, Höfer’s internationally recognized work often takes the form of large-format color photography. The exhibition will include three of her most notable large-scale pieces: Musée du Louvre Paris XXI 2005; Hermitage St. Petersburg VIII 2014 and Trinity College Library Dublin I 2004. These are on loan from Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.


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.


Concession tickets: Concession tickets are only available onsite and apply to Students, Children aged 12-16, Senior citizens 60+ or registered disabled.  Please bring your valid ID or student card to verify your status. 

All tickets on-site will be charged between £8 to £14

Under 12s are permitted free (no booking required)

Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. There is no re-admission



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