2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

The Sony World Photography Awards are one of the world’s leading photography competitions, the exhibition showcases the winning and shortlisted photographers from the 139,000 submissions from across all disciplines, from fine art to photojournalism to lifestyle.

This is the final weekend that you can go see this exhibition at Somerset House!

Reflecting the very best international contemporary photography from the last year, the exhibition includes photographs to suit all tastes. Well-documented scenes are given a fresh look with ground-breaking photography styles and photographers of all abilities will be inspired to shoot their own view of the world.

The exhibition is interestingly split up across the East and West Wings of Somerset House. There is such a broad range of photography that covers these two sides of the building, there will definitely be something to interest all. They have kept the curation of the exhibition simple so as not to confuse viewers throughout this maze of a show.

The Professional exhibition is full of black and white, from the beautifully complex angles of Ludovic Maillard’s architectural images to the dramatic circus silouettes of Elisa Sturaro. As the “Curator’s Note” explains, “This preponderance of monochrome suggests an underlying maturity, perhaps seriousness that informs much of the work. Yet the great strength of this whole multifaceted endeavour is that no one tone is allowed to dominate. For every gut wrenching, tear-jerking group of images there is always a counterpoint – such as Sophie Gamand’s humorous, jaunty set of photos of wet dogs caught at their most uninhabited moment”.

The images in the West comprise the winners and runners up from the students awards, young people and enthusiast amateurs, alongside a series by Mary Ellen Mark, recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography. Mark’s photographs, together with recent work by William Klein and images by five photographers from Panos Pictures highlight important global social issues.

© William Klein at Sony Photography Awards 2014

All the winning and shortlisted images featured were selected by a panel of industry experts from submissions by photographers from 166 countries. Below is an image from Spencer Murphy’s series “Channel 4 Racing – The Original Extreme Sport” of portraits commissioned by 4Creative showing jump jockeys post race. Murphy was the winner for the Campaign category 2014.

© Spencer Murphy, Sony World Photography Awards, Campaign category winner 2014

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, we would definitely recommend a trip to Somerset House. For more information and to book your tickets visit: www.somersethouse.org.uk/