World Press Photo is the most prestigious exhibition of photojournalism in the world. Travelling to 100 cities in 45 countries each year, this is the first time in its 57-year history that the award-winning images come to Northern Ireland.
About the contest
The annual World Press Photo contest is universally recognized as the world’s leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession.
The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 98,671 pictures submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries this year.
The judging is conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam, where all the submitted entries are presented anonymously to the jury members, who discuss and debate their merits over a period of two weeks.
About the exhibition
Every year following the World Press Photo Contest, the winning images go on tour. The exhibition is officially opened in Amsterdam and can be seen at venues around the globe as it tours to approximately 100 cities in 45 countries. This year from 18th - 23rd November, the exhibition visited Northern Ireland for the first time. This was not just an photo exhibition for those interested in photography - this brought images from around the world, in some cases highlighting death, destruction & crime as well as superb examples of sport & nature.
I took some photos of the various images using my camera & whilst the quality is not fantastic, I just wanted to raise awareness of worldpressphoto and the work that they do & to let those who didn't see the exhibition, have a flavour of what it was like.
Some of the images were harrowing but I think it is important that these too are shared to highlight some of the suffering & inhumanity that goes on way beyond our borders & to make you start to realise just how lucky you are to have been born in this wee corner of the planet.
About the Foundation
World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide. They strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information.
Its activities include organizing an annual contest, exhibitions, the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs, and creating greater visibility for press photography through a variety of publications.
They believe in the power of visual journalism to inspire and shape us.
World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
World Press Photo holds the official accreditation for good practices from the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF).
Haiti typhoon Survivors carry religious images, ten days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines.
See more images from the exhibiton in my Worldpress Gallery