05.09. - 12.10.2014
EXTENDED OPENING HOURS FOR WORLD PRESS PHOTO 14
DAILY 11-19 H
THURSDAY 11-21 H
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 19 members, judges the submitted entries that come from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines all over the world.
This year the competition received 98,671 entries from 5,754 professional photographers from 132 countries. The international jury awarded prizes across nine theme categories to 53 photographers from 25 countries.
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, covering such subjects as politics, culture, sports and nature.
A picture by US-american photographer John Stanmeyer was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad.
The main prize, the World Press 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 World Press Photo travelling exhibition attracts over three million people each year in 45 countries. This year, the world’s most prestigious annual exhibition of photojournalism visits Vienna for the 13th year running. The twelfth edition in 2013 had over 22,000 visitors at WestLicht.
The yearbook including all awarded images from this year's contest, contains the best photo journalistic works of the year. Hence the large format publication is not only an exhibition catalogue, but also an independent, gripping contemporary document.
05.09.2014, 7 pm
Lecture by Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands
1st Prize People – Observed Portraits Stories
10.09.2014, 7 pm
All truth! All lies! Staging in press photography
In cooperation with Der Standard
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 14 – THE YEARBOOK
will be available at WestLicht Bookshop from September.
World Press Photo is supported by the Netherlands Postal Code Lottery and sponsored worldwide by Canon. For further information visit www.worldpressphoto.org.