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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London

Press release   •   Feb 22, 2012 11:00 CET

The vast showcase of winning images from the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 come to London’s Somerset House from 27 April – 20 May 2012 as part of the photography festival, World Photo, London. The recently revealed 2012 shortlist is a sure indication that this year’s exhibition is set to be as remarkable as ever, bringing together a fantastic collection of colours and scenes, skilfully captured by some of the world’s most talented photographers.

©Peter Franck, Germany, Professional, Shortlist, Still Life, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition presents the best of over 112,000 entries into the 2012 competition, from professionals to students from 171 countries across the globe. Set in the stunning Embankment Galleries, the exhibition offers visitors an extraordinary range of contemporary photography covering a wide range of subjects from photojournalism and documentary to fashion, nature, architecture and sport.

A particular highlight of the show includes the winning images of L’Iris d’Or the Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year. This coveted prize will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony, taking place at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, which this year is hosted by the esteemed photographic consultant and 2012 chair of judges W.M. Hunt.

The wonderful Sony World Photography Awards exhibition is only one part of the World Photo London festival, billed as the global photographic event of the year. World Photo London will include a wide-ranging programme of events, talks, seminars, exhibitions, workshops in book design, street photography and other hands on practices. Highlights include tours of the exhibition with the awards winners, a special presentation by the Honorary Judges, a Business of Photography Seminar and networking cocktail and portfolio reviews. There is an event for anyone who enjoys photography, whether a culture buff or a practicing enthusiast and many events are completely free to attend.

The exhibition will also feature:

· A photographic depiction of cities across the world, through WPO’s exciting new City Projects – an international workshop programme for photographers of all levels carried out on the city streets resulting in a multicultural photographic showcase of people and places across the world. The workshops have already visited New York, Chicago and São Paulo, with the London City Project taking place Friday 27 April to Sunday 29April 2012 at Somerset House.

· A selection of the best images from the The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Photo Competition. The first event of its kind, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, is the world’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt and aims to raise vital funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family. Members of the public will be able to hunt down the giant eggs which have been strategically placed around London. The eggs have been exclusively designed, bejewelled and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers including Mulberry, Sir Ridley Scott, Zandra Rhodes and Theo Fennel, with six of the eggs also on display at the exhibition. The photo competition is being hosted on the WPO website, for more information please visit:

· An illustration of London, photographed by the people who live there, exhibited digitally at Somerset House. New for 2012, the Londoners Photography Competition invites London residents to portray the London Borough in which they live. ‘Portrait of a City’ is sure to produce some fascinating images, as Londoner’s capture their favourite street corner or park bench in order to become part of this wonderful project to produce a snapshot of Greater London. For more information please visit:

Listings Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Dates 27 April – 20 May 2012

Tickets £7.50

Concessions are available on the day

Many events are Free to attend

Address Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA