Sony World Photography Awards

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Filippo Venturi: From the series 'Made in Korea', 2016. © Filippo Venturi, Italy, Shortlist, Professional People, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Andrey Narchuk: 'Baby Seal, Commander Islands', 2016. © Andrey Narchuk, Russia, Shortlist, Open, Nature and Wildlife, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Abhijit Banerjee: 'Gangasagar Fair', 2016. © Abhijit Banerjee, India, Shortlist, Open Competition, Travel, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
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Julien Mauve: 'Greeting From Mars', 2016. © Julien Mauve, France, Shortlist, Professional , Conceptual, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Patrick Willocq: © Patrick Willocq, France, Shortlist, Professional , Portraiture, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Kei Nomiyana: 'Enchanted Bamboo Forest', 2016. © Kei Nomiyama, Japan, Shortlist, Open Low Light, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Khairel Anuar Che Ani: © Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Malaysia, Shortlisted, Open Competition, Split Second, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Nikolai Linares Larsen: 'Second Best', 2016. © Nikolai Linares Larsen, Denmark, Shortlist, Professional Sport, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards
Stephanie Sinclair: 'Running Away with the Circus', 2016. © Stephanie Sinclair, US, Shortlist, Professional Daily Life, 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The world’s biggest photography competition presents the 2016 winners and shortlisted photographers

The leading photography competition returns to Somerset House to showcase the winning and shortlisted images selected from a staggering 230,103 entries. You’ll see images by professionals and amateurs in categories including travel, wildlife, portraiture, landscape and fashion


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Kritt N

Thought-provoking, impactful, striking - these are just a few adjectives to describe this hugely impressive gallery in the grand setting of Somerset House.

Now in it’s 9th year, the Sony Photography Awards is an exhibition showcasing the finest photographic talents of all ages, talents and area of expertise in the past 12 months, and is the largest photography exhibition in the world. This year, more than 127,000 images (Yes, 127,000?!) was submitted. A record number. And you thought you had it hard! Luckily for us, the judges have shortlisted on the winners and runners up for us to admire.Split between two wings at this gorgeous neoclassical building, the collection here is vast and captures an array of subjects from all corners of the globe. From majestic animals, joyful people, breathtaking landscapes, deadly war zones and murky underworlds, there isn’t anything that’s been missed.

What I particularly love are images that captures moments that lasts a split-second. The moment of joy and relief in victory. A giraffe photobombing a picture. The look of wonder and amazement when a mother lays eye on her newborn child for the first time. It’s amazing.

What strikes is the length at which each the featured photographers go to to capture these striking images. What strikes me even more is how young they are. Some are as young as 12 years old! The exhibition is helpfully divided into categories and easily to navigate your way around.

The only negative to come out of this exhibition? Prepare to feel totally inadequate about you Instagram pictures! Besides that, I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance.