2012 Sony World Photography Awards return to London

After four years sunning itself in Cannes, the Sony World Photography Awards tried out London this year, and it seems as if it found the climate agreeable: the awards are set to return to London for their 2012 incarnation.

Events kick off on 26 April, with the swish and swanky awards ceremony, followed by the - likely even swisher and swankier - gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. Over the weekend 27-30 April there will be a few select events taking place, as well as the winning entries from the awards being on display at Somerset House.

From then until 20 May, there is a jam-packed programme of talks, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions planned for anyone who has the slightest interest in photography. How about four nights of conversation with some world class photographers, including the recipient of the Sony World Photography Awards Outstanding Contribution to Photography, as they tell their stories and share their experiences?

Maybe you'd prefer a workshop session that helps you to take better portraits? Or you could spend an evening sipping a glass of wine and pondering some of the photos in the exhibitions at the Wine and Critique session.

That's just a few of the highlights. Keep an eye on the Festival Programme page to see if anything else piques your fancy, and you can pick up tickets here.