2017 Sony World Photography Awards Double Winner

I'm really proud to share this official press release from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. It is such a privilege to win the Architecture category of the open competition and also be announced as the UK National Award winner:

  • World’s largest photography competition announces Cornbill as winner of Open Architecture category and UK National Award

  • Photographer competing to win trip to London and $5,000 (USD) cash prize

  • Full list of Open category and National Award winners announced today

  • Images available for publication at press.worldphoto.org

  • Images exhibited at Somerset House, London, 21 April - 7 May

British photographer Tim Cornbill is today announced as the winner of the Open Architecture category of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, the world's largest photography competitionon. The perfectly captured image, "Oculus", also secured Tim 1st place in the UK National Award, a global program to find the best single photographs from more than 60 countries.

Tim’s winning photograph will be shown at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition at Somerset House, London which opens April 21, the day after the overall winners are announced, and runs until May 7.

Tim (age 32), a part-time photographer and qualified architect based in Birmingham, was selected from over 105,000 entries to the Awards’ Open competition. He is one of the Awards’ ten Open category winners announced today. Each winning photographer receives a Sony α7 II with lens kit and will now compete to win the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards’ Open Photographer of the Year title, a trip to the winners' awards ceremony in London in April and $5,000 US dollars.



Chair of the Open competition, journalist and photographer Damien Demolder, said of the winning image: "This is a stunning piece of graphic architecture, and Tim has done brilliantly to show it off to full effect. I love the monochromatic colouration that emphasises the architect’s careful mix of shapes and lines, and the scale we get to understand immediately through Tim’s inclusion of the human figures at the bottom of the frame. It all works really very well."

For the full list of Open competition and National Awards winners announced today please go to www.worldphoto.org/winners-galleries

Tim impressed the judges with his image "Oculus", a perfectly captured architecture image shot by the River Spree in Berlin, Germany.

Talking about his success and passion for architecture photography, Tim says: "I was astonished when I received the news that I had won the Open Architecture category and the UK National Award. I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this accolade. I never thought one of my photographs could make such an impact, but it seems this one has! As an architect, I’m passionate about capturing buildings, and I’m always on the lookout for photogenic designs. I was really struck by the sheer scale of this façade and the visual impact of the circle, which I hope I’ve been able to convey in this everyday street scene. I am truly thrilled to have been recognised in the world’s largest photography competition; being shortlisted alone would have been incredible, but to win the category that means so much to me personally, and has to be pinnacle of my photographic achievements to date."

UK National Award

The Sony World Photography Awards’ National Awards competition runs across 65 countries and rewards the best single photograph taken by a local photographer. In addition to winning a category in the Open competition, judges also selected Tim’s work as the best single photograph taken by a British photographer and awarded him the UK National Award.

Sony World Photography Awards

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony. The Awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on April 20.