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30.10.2009 - 29.11.2009


DAILY 11 am - 7 pm, THURSDAY 11 am - 9 pm

From the 30th of October till the 29th of November WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie will be showing the World Press Photo 09 exhibition. This will comprise around 200 of the best press photographs of 200 which have been awarded prizes in the most prestigious photo-journalist competition in the world. 

Since 1955 the board of the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo-journalism which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, has invited press photographers and photo-journalists from all over the world to take part in the World Press Photo competition. An international jury, which is changed each year and consists of 13 members, judges the submitted entries that come from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines all over the world. 

The prize winners for series and individual photographs in ten different categories were announced on the 13th of February 2009. The international jury of the 52nd annual World Press Photo Contest have selected a black-and-white image by the American photographer Anthony Suau as World Press Photo of the Year 2008. The picture shows an armed officer of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department moving through a home in Cleveland, Ohio, following eviction as a result of mortgage foreclosure. Officers have to ensure that the house is clear of weapons, and that the residents have moved out. The winning photograph, taken in March 2008, is part of a story commissioned by Time magazine. The story as a whole won Second Prize in the Daily Life category of the contest.

Jury chair MaryAnne Golon said: "The strength of the picture is in its opposites. It's a double entendre. It looks like a classic conflict photograph, but it is simply the eviction of people from a house following foreclosure. Now war in its classic sense is coming into people's houses because they can't pay their mortgages.

The main prize, the World Press Photo photo of the year is awarded to an individual photograph that is not only a summation of the previous year in photo-journalism but also deals with subject matter, a situation or event which has great journalistic significance and, at the same, time shows exceptional achievement in the areas of visual perception and creativity.

The show, which is conceived of as a travelling exhibition, will visit over 100 locations throughout the world and is seen by around two million visitors. It is not only an impressive demonstration of achievements in international photo-journalism but also a unique retrospective of events of worldwide importance and historical significance that have taken place during the previous year.

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


World Press Photo of the Year 2008: Anthony Suau, USA, for Time

Following eviction, Detective Robert Kole of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office enters a home in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 26, following mortgage foreclosure and eviction. He needs to check that the owners have vacated the premises, and that no weapons have been left lying around. Officers go in at gunpoint as a precaution, as many houses have been vandalized or occupied by squatters or drug addicts. Debt foreclosure and repossession of homes were early signs of the growing US economic crisis.

1st prize Spot News Singles: Chen Qinggang, China, Hangzhou Daily

Rescue crews carry a survivor through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Beichuan city, two days after the May 12 earthquake that devastated parts of central China. Officials said that 80 per cent of the old part of the city was destroyed.

3rd prize Spot News Stories: Wojciech Grzedzinski, Poland, Napo Images for Dziennik.

A woman cries as an apartment block burns, following the Russian air strike on Gori. Georgian conflict, August.

1st prize General News Singles: Luiz Vasconcelos, Brazil, A Crítica/Zuma Press

A woman tries to resist police eviction of squatters on private land near the city of Manaus, in the state of Amazonas in Brazil. Eviction notices had been served on families living on the land some days earlier.

3rd prize General News Stories: Olivier Laban Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse

A girl runs beside books laid out in the sun to dry, to receive food dropped from a passing boat, on May 23. Myanmar (Burma) cyclone aftermath. Cyclone Nargis made landfall in southern Myanmar (Burma) on May 2, wiping away entire villages and submerging swathes of land under floodwater, in the worst natural disaster the country had experienced in recorded history.

1st prize People in the News Singles: Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse

Using bows and arrows, Maasai warriors clash with members of the Kalenjin tribe in the Trans Mara region of western Kenya on March 1. Old grievances and rivalries resurfaced between the Maasai, Kalenjin and Kisii peoples in the aftermath of Kenya’s disputed general elections, held the previous December.

1st prize People in the News Stories: Callie Shell, USA, Aurora Photos for Time

Michelle Obama naps on her husband’s shoulder while traveling across New Hampshire. Barack Obama presidential campaign, January-Octobe

2nd prize Sports Action Singles: Mark Dadswell, Australia, Getty Images

Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the men’s 200 meters sprint at the Beijing Olympic Games on August 20, with a world-record time of 19.3 seconds.

1st prize Contemporary Issues Singles: Mashid Mohadjerin, Belgium, Reporters/Redux Pictures

Coastguards spot a boat carrying migrants on their way to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Just off the coast of Tunisia, Lampedusa forms part of a much-used route for illegal immigration from Africa into Europe.

1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories: Carlos Cazalis, Mexico, Corbis

A man sleeps wrapped against the cold outside São Paulo’s elite Jockey Club. Over 10,000 people in the Brazilian metropolis São Paulo are homeless. The city authorities maintain 35 shelters for overnight stays, with a total capacity for 8,000 people, but many of those who sleep on the streets resist the rules and social conventions enforced in these hostels.

3rd prize Daily Life Singles: Tomasz Wiech, Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza Krakow

An employee at Cap Gemini’s office in Krakow, Poland, makes himself breakfast at the office before the working day starts.

1st prize Arts and Entertainment Singles: Giulio Di Sturco, Italy, Agenzia Grazia Neri

A model hurries backstage during the show of New Delhi design house Gauri & Nainika, at the India Fashion Week, in Delhi, in October.

2nd prize Portraits Singles: Jérôme Bonnet, France, Corbis Outline for Le Monde 2

Dennis Hopper (72), actor, director, painter and photographer, visited Paris in October during a retrospective of his work held at the Cinémathèque française.

2nd prize Portraits Stories: Pep Bonet, Spain, Noor for Positive Lives

Raul Coto is an occasional sex worker, using the name Gladis, and knows he is HIV positive.

1st prize Arts and Entertainment Stories: Roger Cremers, the Netherlands

Visitors walk through the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland. The terrain and buildings of the former concentration camps are open to visitors, not only as an historical representation of how they functioned, but as testimony to the atrocities that took place there.

3rd prize Sports Features Singles: Tomasz Gudzowaty, Poland, Yours Gallery/ Focus Foto und Presse Agentur

A young jockey stands beside a horse during the Naadam festival in Mongolia, in July. The festival, which traces its roots back to the days of Genghis Khan in the 12th century, involves the country’s most popular sports: horse racing, archery and wrestling.