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United Kingdom’s best single photograph revealed by the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Press release   •   Mar 27, 2017 23:01 BST

  • World’s largest photography competition announces Tim Cornbill, as winner of the United Kingdom’s National Award
  • Full list of National Award and Open competition category winners announced today
  • Images available for publication at

March 28, 2017:
The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today announce the photograph “Oculus” by Tom Cornbill, as the winner of the United Kingdom’s National Award.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global program open to photographers of all abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken a local photographer in 65 countries.

Tim Cornbill’s winning image “Oculus” is a stunning abstract shot taken on a bright summer’s day in Berlin. The photographer was immediately struck by its geometry and scale of the large concrete building. Across the River Spree, Tim positioned himself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. Tim waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.

Tim is a part-time photographer and qualified architect based in Birmingham, UK. Buildings are a huge passion, and feature heavily in his photographs. He loves exploring a new city, wandering the streets and discovering its architecture through photography. He first became interested in photography as a teenager and in recent years, his passion has been reinforced by social media, where he shares images, thus allowing him to connect with other photographers and artists. He’s looking forward to developing his work further in the coming years, and is excited to see what opportunities the future holds.

Commenting about his success, Tim says: "I was astonished when I received the news that I had won the National Award. I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this accolade. I never thought one of my photographs could make such an impact. 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.”

The runner up positions for the United Kingdom National Award were given to:

  • 2nd place: Robert Walker for the image “The View”
  • 3rd Place: Tim Topple for the image “The Cub”

Winners and runners-ups across all 65 National Awards were announced today, and can be viewed here.

The winning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlisted images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7 and published in the annual winners’ book.

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 competitions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on April 20.

Images by all National Award and Open category winners are available for publication at


  • 227,596 images were entered into the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards across all competitions
  • Professional competition: 110,270 entries
  • Open competition: 105,692 entries
  • Youth: 11,634 entries

About World Photography Organisation The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet.We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers and our industry-leading partners around the world. We host a year-round portfolio of events including: the Sony World Photography Awards (the world's largest photography competition, marking its 10th anniversary in 2017), various local meetups/talks throughout the year, and PHOTOFAIRS, International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography, with destinations in Shanghai and San Francisco.

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