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World Press Photo of the Year: John Moore, Getty Images
Brent Stirton, Getty Images, 1st Prize Singles, Environment
Chris McGrath, Getty Images, 1st Prize Singles, General News
Diana Markosian, Magnum Photos, 1st Prize Singles, Contemporary Issues
Luisa Dörr, 3rd Prize Stories, Portraits
Sarah Blesener, 1st Prize Stories, Long-Term Projects


The World on view at WestLicht: From 6 September the World Press Photo exhibition brings the best creations in the field of photojournalism to Vienna's Westbahnstraße. As World Press Photo of the Year the jury selected an image by US-American photographer John Moore, which had become a symbol for the restrictive immigration policy of the USA under the Trump administration.

It is the eighteenth time in a row that WestLicht hosts the World Press Photo exhibition. In 2018 nearly 35.000 visitors came to see the show in Vienna, a new visitors record for WestLicht. As icons of the recent past, the awarded single images and photo series form a unique retrospective of last year’s events, covering topics from the areas of politics, society, sports and nature.

"Time and again, the World Press Photo Award demonstrates what high quality photojournalism can achieve and the risk photographers are taking on a regular basis in order to let us know, what is going on in the world. In times of constant attacks on the institution of the free press, this is something that cannot be overemphasized. This is why World Press Photo exhibition is of such great importance to us", says WestLicht Chair Peter Coeln.

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photojournalism based in Amsterdam, has organized the most prestigious contest in the field of press photography. A jury judges the entries from all over the world. The contest results in a travelling exhibition which embarks on a tour around the globe and is presented in more than 100 venues worldwide.