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Exhibition - World Press Photo 2015

Teresa JamburComment
Exhibition - World Press Photo 2015

Royal Festival Hall - Thursday 5 November – Sunday 29 November, 10am – 11pm

Royal Festival Hall hosts the finalists of the 58th World Press Photo contest until the 19th of November. The exhibition has been displayed throughout 2015 in about 100 locations around the world. This year the photographs were selected from 97,912 images made by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries.

World Press Photo, an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, was founded in 1955 by a group of Dutch photographers. Since then the foundation has been encouraging press photographers to submit entries of their work for the annual international photographic competition.

The contest is divided into 8 categories; the exhibition showcases three top places for each category , for both single photos and stories.

The categories within the competition are: Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports and Spot News.

The exhibition touches some of the most important events of 2014, like catastrophe of the flight MH17, outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the crisis in Ukraine or abduction of 276 girls in Nigeria. It also concentrates on the social issues and projects as well as various aspects of everyday life in different parts of the world; the viewers can see images depicting lifestyle changes in Mongolia caused by economic growth and mining industry or impact of China’s environmental pollution on people's health, among the others. 

A section of the exhibition, dedicated to animal rights and nature, showcases captivating photo essays about Carnivorous Plants and behaviors of parasites , as well as a story about caiman skins' trade in Colombia, among the others. The first prize for single photo in this category was awarded to a moving image Monkey Training for a Circus by Yongzhi Chu, which focuses on the performing animals in Chinese circuses.

Each photograph is accompanied by an insightful captions, which explains the context of the situation and the story behind the image. In addition, the technical data of each shot is available on the World Press Photo website.

World Press Photo of the Year in 2015 was awarded to Mads Nissen from Denmark for the image Jon and Alex. The photo belongs to the Contemporary Issues category and shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg. The image addresses the social issues and discrimination of LGBT people in Russia.

According to jury member Alessia Glaviano, “The photo has a message about love being an answer in the context of all that is going on in the world. It is about love as a global issue, in a way that transcends homosexuality. It sends out a strong message to the world, not just about homosexuality, but about equality, about gender, about being black or white, about all of the issues related to minorities.” (Source: World Press Photo ).

Please visit World Press Photo website to find out more about the contest and to see the collection of the images from all  of the editions of the competition since 1955. 

More details about the venue can be found on Southhbank Centre website.