Monday, October 17, 2016

World Press Photo 2016 at Brookfield Place

@Artsbrookfield is hosting the annual journalism photo contest from October 4-25 in the Allen Lambert Galleria. While the world of news is changing drastically over the past few decades, World Press Photo Foundation seeks to develop and promote visual journalists with the traveling exhibition of award winning entries in the world's largest press photography contest. Admission is free and the show is open from 9am to 9pm. I include a small selection of some of the photos that I really enjoyed. At top is 'In the Same Boat' (Contemporary Issues, second prize stories) August 26, 2015: "People on an overcrowded dinghy wait as the Médecins Sans Frontières rescue ship Bourbon Argos approaches" by Francesco Zizola.
Sergey Ponomarev

"We were formed in 1955, when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to expose their work to international colleagues. That annual contest has since grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, and the exhibition it produces is seen by four million people worldwide each year."
Christian Bobst

Christian Bobst

Over 80,000 photos were submitted by photographers from 128 countries for this 59th contest and while some of the pictures are heartbreaking, they do need to be seen. "Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever, and quality visual journalism is essential for the accurate and independent reporting that makes these freedoms possible."

Anuar Patjane Floriuk
Chen Jie
"Tianjin Explosion (General News, third prize singles) August 15, 2015: A large pit, wrecked vehicles and damaged buildings remain in the aftermath of explosions in the container storage station of a logistics company in the Port of Tianjin, northeastern China."
Corentin Fohlen
March Against Terrorism in Paris (Spot News, second prize singles) January 11, 2015.
"People demonstrate their solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, and voice support for freedom of speech, at the end of a rally at the Place de la Nation in Paris."
John J. Kim

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