Photographs by the winners and finalists of the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards go on show at EDGE Gallery. The exhibition is the first stop of the 2009/2010 Global Tour. As one of the largest photographic events existing today, The World Photography Awards (WPA), reach far beyond an awards programme for the still image. The WPA is a convergence of festival events, focused photographic agendas, exhibitions, awards schemes, student programmes and an industry-led gala evening ceremony which marks the pinnacle of the week-long event in April 2009.


Brought together by leading curator Zelda Cheatle, this collection showcases the very best professional and amateur photographs from across the world. Selected by the Sony World Photography Awards Honorary Judging Committee, which comprises of leading figures from the international photographic community, the winning images were chosen from over 60,000 images submitted from 139 countries.


The Sony World Photography Awards creates an international platform for emerging photographers to be discovered, and for professionals to showcase their new work. Through the course of 2009 and into 2010 the Global Tour exhibition will travel across the globe. Confirmed stops include Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Toronto and Mexico City with further stops being announced in late spring.  The tour will finish in Cannes, France in April 2010 as the main exhibition of the Festival @ Sony World Photography Awards, a week-long festival of photography.

Cecily Breese, Global Tour Manager comments “ The Global Tour is a core component of the World Photography Awards and one of the main aspects of the prize received by the finalists.  It offers true international exposure to the winning photographers enabling them to have their work viewed by a global audience.  The unique aspect of the Global Tour exhibition is the variety and depth of the photographic genres that it displays, from fashion to photojournalism, from natural history to architecture.  Across the world, the focus of the exhibition often shifts, depending on local culture and interests but the celebration of the still image is a constant worldwide.”