A photo by Georgios Tatakis, one of the selections for the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition 2022. It is a black and white photo of five women wearing traditional Greek dress. Each woman stares intensely at the camera.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2022

13 Apr – 02 May 2022
Mon - Fri, 11.00-21.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-20.00
See exceptions below

Opening Times

Mon - Fri, 11.00-21.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-20.00

Last entry one hour prior to closing time

Opening Time Exceptions

Bank Holidays, 11.00-18.00

(Applies to 15-18 April and 02 May)


East & West Wings

One of the most inspiring fixtures in the photographic calendar returns to Somerset House this April.

The 2022 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition brings together photographers to celebrate the diversity of contemporary photography, inviting visitors to become immersed in an impressive collection of breathtaking images and compelling stories.

The internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards champions photography in all its forms through diverse categories and its international community. Now in its 15th year, the 2022 exhibition is set to be one of the most expansive editions yet. Showcasing a stunning selection of winning and shortlisted images from all competitions across the Awards, the exhibition celebrates photographers from more than 200 countries and territories.  

From portraiture to landscape, architecture to wildlife and fine art to street photography, the selection of images is sure to entertain, inform and move visitors from all walks of life. The exhibition is open to the public from Wed 13 Apr – Mon 02 May, and the display will then travel to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool before embarking on an international tour. 

Edward Burtynsky Outstanding Contribution to Photography

A special curation of over a dozen large scale photographs by the Awards’ 2022 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Edward Burtynsky, will be on show. Burtynsky is the 15th recipient of this award, which honours a person or group that has made a significant impact on the photographic medium. The selection, made by the artist, highlights key bodies of work and themes over his remarkable 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.

© Edward Burtynsky, Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida, USA, 2012. Courtesy Flowers Gallery London and Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto

Lead image: © Georgios Tatakis, 2022. Sony World Photography Awards

World Photography Organisation