Tucked away in a corner of Amsterdam’s Dam Square, the Nieuwe Kerk hosts an exhibition of the winning images from World Press Photo, the world’s most prestigious press photography contest. It sets off on an epic world tour on 9 July, so don’t miss your chance to check it out!
Nieuwe kerk, Amsterdam
With its legalized weed and prostitution, and one of the best Gay Pride Parades in the world, Amsterdam has certainly earned its reputation as a liberal city. But that ‘liberal’ tag doesn’t just apply to hedonistic good times. The city has a strong tradition of defending free speech. The World Press Photo Foundation was founded here in 1955 with the mission of developing and promoting the work of visual journalists from around the world.
Without a doubt, their most well-known initiative is the World Press Photo exhibition. Each year, professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers, and magazines from all over the world submit their top snaps from the previous year. There are eight categories: Daily Life, General News, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Spot News, and Sports. A jury selects the best entries, awarding first, second and third-place prizes in each category.
Photojournalism at its best
These winners then form the core of a traveling exhibition of over 200 images. As it travels around the world, this exhibition brings greater attention to the work of press photographers. It also highlights the ways photojournalism relays news.
Some photos are lighthearted, some will elicit gasps of delight, and others show harsh and depressing realities. A visit here is an emotional rollercoaster, as these photographs capture the breadth of human experience, and share it with you.
Photo by Francis Pérez. Caretta Caretta Trapped. Nature – First Prize, Singles
This year’s winner
AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici
The grand winner this year (World Press Photo of the Year) is the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
The iconic image, of the gunman (an off-duty police officer) wielding his pistol, with his victim laid out behind him, was captured by the steady hand of Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer, as others around him dove for cover.
The shocking photo traveled around the world, demonstrating the immediacy and impact strong images can have.
Fancy getting a piece of the action? Book your tickets for the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 before it ends on July 9!