The best of worldwide photojournalism will be presented for the eighth consecutive year at Espacio Fundación Telefónica from July 29th to August 27th.
The foundation that holds the most important professional photojournalism contest in the world, World Press Photo, arrives in Chile this weekend in its 60th edition with 143 images that covers several categories like breaking news, sports, daily life, nature and art, among others.
The exhibition will be held between July 29th at August 27th at Espacio Fundación Telefónica. The photograph awarded the World Press Photo of the Year was taken by Turkish photographer, Burhan Ozbilici, a photojournalist for The Associated Press, who shot the assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey, Andrey Karlov, in an art exhibition carried out by a 22-year-old off-duty policeman.
World Press Photo is the foundation in charge of the most important photojournalism yearly contest in the world. Founded in Amsterdam, 1995, the organization’s main goal is to generate public interest and appreciation for the work of photographers through photojournalism, assessed in terms of quality and content.
The event ends with a travelling exhibition visited each year by more than 4 million people around the world. Through global debates and extensive research and training programs, they aim to educate the general public and support photojournalists by spreading new knowledge and generating new perspectives.
This year, workshops will be held for students and teachers of disciplines like visual arts, language and communication, history, geography, social sciences, technology and natural sciences.
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The organization started as a simple national contest among Dutch graphic reporters that decided to carry it out internationally. The first ever winner of the World Press Photo was a picture of a man falling out of his vehicle in a motocross competition, taken by Danish photographer in 1955.
From that moment on, the foundation started to become an important part of global photojournalism. Nowadays, it is established as the greatest photojournalism and documentary photography organization in the world.
Besides organizing the annual contest, since 1990, World Press Photo has been carrying out a series of workshops for new generations of photographers and journalists in regions with limited educational opportunities.
Another important event held by the foundation, created 4 years after the beginning of the workshops, is the Joop Swart Masterclass, where some of the best photographers in the world join in to share their knowledge and experiences with 12 young talents, chosen by a committee, through lectures and conferences.
World Press Photo is a non-profit independent organization, sponsored by Canon and whose financial support mainly comes from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, responsible for granting funding to organizations that play a productive role in society.
Each February, a jury of 13 members coming from different countries, including photographers, graphic editors and press agencies representatives, choose a the winning photographs among the ones that were submitted the previous year.
The contest’s categories are: breaking news, contemporary issues, daily life, general news, nature, people, sports, etc.
The contest is open to registrations via their website and participants include photojournalists, agencies, journals, magazines and photographers.
After the contest, the winning photographs will be exhibited in Amsterdam on April and then the exhibit will travel to 40 different countries, including Chile in August. Every year, the foundation publishes a book compiling the winning photographs in six languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian), available at their site and in bookstores.
The contest has not been controversy-free. Throughout its history, the foundation has had to face several problems and criticisms.
In 2013, the photograph that was awarded the contest’s second place in the observed portraits category called “Bullfighter’s comeback” told the story of José Padilla, who was hurt by a bull that pierced his eye with its horn. After several months in rehab, the bullfighter went back to the ring seeking his revenge. Controversy arose since, at the same time, the Spanish Congress was preparing a bill to make bullfighting a heritage of cultural interest, while animal rights defenders protested against the law and fought for the rights of the murdered bulls.
Another case involved Paul Hansen, the latest winner of the contest, whose photograph was controversial for the use of post-processing effects, which doesn’t violate the photo manipulation rules. However, criticisms were voiced against the Hollywoodesque production that plays around with the grief over the murder of two children, which raises the question: Is it okay to make human grief more attractive?
Check out the pictures of the 2017 World Press Photo