British photographer Tim Cornbill secures double win at the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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
  • 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 competition. 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

Tim Cornbill

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.

The runner up positions for UK National Award were given to:

  • 2nd place: Rob Walker, for his image "The View"
  • 3rd Place: Tim Topple, for his image "The Cub"

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

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 Open category and National Award winners are available for publication at



Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @custardfactory: Who loves the design for the Curzon Street Station?! We think it’s fab.@HS2ltd will be in our reception today between…

RT @DigbethDiner: The game has been changed. You asked for it, so here it is. The very first ‘Dogbeth Dining Club’. Sunday, 28th Octobe…

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More