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29.08.2008 - 28.09.2008


Four week guest appearance of the annual show of the world’s best press photos in WestLicht. Showplace for Photography.

WestLicht. Showplace for Photography will be showing the World Press Photo 08 from the 29th August till the 28th September 2008. Around 200 of the best press photos of 2007 which have received awards in the worldwide largest and most prestigious competition for photo journalism will be on show.

The exhibition which is conceived as a travelling show will visit over 100 locations this year and will be seen by around two million visitors. It is not only an impressive show of the attainments of international photo journalism, it is also a unique retrospective of world events and current issues of the previous year.

The overall winner of the 51st award ceremony and thus the World Press Photo of the Year 2007 is the British photographer Tim Hetherington. The photo was taken on the 16th of September 2007 and shows US soldiers in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan resting on a “Restrepo” bunker. Restrepo is the name of a US soldier who died in fighting rebels. This valley has seen the heaviest fighting in the country. The photo is part of a photo story the was awarded second place in the category reports/photo series. The photographs were commissioned by Vanity Fair. Gary Knight, president of the jury, commented the jury’s decision as follows: “The picture shows one man’s exhaustion – and that of a nation,” and added, “we are all connected with it. It is the picture of a man at the end of his tether”.

Westlicht has been the showplace for the World Press Photo exhibition seven times. The approximately 200 individual photos and photo series that are in the show allow the preceding year to past before one’s eyes in the form of icons of contemporary history and depict events from politics, sport, culture, the environment and science in a most impressive way.

Since 1955 the board of the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo journalism with its head office in Amsterdam, has been inviting press photographers and photo journalists from all over the world to take part in the World Press Photo competition. An international jury consisting of thirteen members that change annually judge the submissions made by photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over the world.

This year 5,019 professional photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,536 photographs for the much coveted awards. The jury chose 59 photographs from 23 countries in 10 subject categories: report, hard facts, nature, sport feature, sport action, art and culture, portraits, daily life, current topics and people in the headlines. The award winners of this years 51st World Press Photo competition come from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Holland, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. 

World Press Photo is supported by the Dutch Postal Code Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT. Further information at



World Press Photo of the Year 2007 © Tim Hetherington, UK, for Vanity Fair, American soldier resting at bunker, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 16 September
1st prize Portraits Singles © Platon, UK, for Time magazine, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
3rd prize Sports Action Stories © Chris Detrick, USA, The Salt Lake Tribune Sports portfolio
1st prize Sports Features Stories © Erik Refner, Denmark, Berlingske Tidende Competitors in the Copenhagen Marathon at the finish-line, on May 18
1st prize Spot News Singles © John Moore, USA, Getty Images, Assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 27 December
1st prize General News Stories © Balazs Gardi, Hungary, VII Network, The Valley, Operation Rock Avalanche, Afghanistan, October
2nd prize Spot News Stories © Roberto Schmidt, Colombia/Germany, Agence France-PresseKenya election unrest, Nairobi, 29-31 December
1st prize Portraits Stories © Vanessa Winship, UK, Agence Vu, Rural school girls, Eastern Turkey
1st prize Arts and Entertainment Singles, Ariana Lindquist, USA, Girl in an anime character costume, Shanghai, China
1st prize Arts and Entertainment StoriesRafal Milach, Poland, Anzenberger Agency, Retired circus artists, Poland
1st prize Nature Singles © Fang Qianhua, China, Nangfang Dushi Daily/Southern Metropolis Daily Leaf of an endangered nanmu tree, China
1st prize Daily Life Stories © Pieter ten Hoopen, The Netherlands, Agence VuKitezh, the invisible town, Russia
2nd prize Nature Stories © Paul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic Magazine, Arctic ivory – hunting the narwhal, Nunavut, Canada
1st prize Daily Life Singles © Justin Maxon, USA, Aurora Photos, Ly Thi Mui (34) and her son Trun Van Pha (5) help each other bathe in the Red River in Hanoi, Vietnam
1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories © Jean Revillard, Switzerland,, Makeshift huts of immigrants, Calais, France
1st prize Contemporary Issues Singles © Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for Newsweek, Evacuation of dead mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo
1st prize Sports Features Singles © Andrew Quilty, Australia, Oculi for Australian Financial Review Magazine, Maxwelton Race Meeting, Queensland, Australia
1st prize Sports Action Singles © Ivaylo Velev, Bulgaria, Bul X Vision Photography Agency Freeride competitor Phil Meier chased by an avalanche, Flaine, France, 15 March