'World Press Photo Exhibition' NZ dates announced for June and July

Friday 3 May 2019

'World Press Photo Exhibition' NZ dates announced for June and July

The world's finest photojournalism competition brings back the prestigious 'World Press Photo Exhibition' to Auckland's Smith & Caughey's Level 6 Gallery Space this June and July.

This unique exhibition follows the announcement of winners of the highly-acclaimed contest held at De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam. Taking out the overall award of World Press Photo of the Year was 'Crying Girl On the Border' by photographer John Moore—who is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. Moore's photograph—which also won First Prize in the Spot News category—shows Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in Texas, USA on 12 June 2018. The pair had travelled for a month through Central America and Mexico before reaching the US to seek asylum.

The Trump Administration had announced a "zero tolerance" policy at the border under which immigrants caught entering the US could be criminally prosecuted. As a result, many apprehended parents were separated from their children, and often sent to different detention facilities. After this picture was published worldwide, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Yanela and her mother had not been among the thousands who had been separated by US officials.

This year, a new award has been added to the contest—The World Press Photo Story of the Year. This category celebrates the photographer whose visual creativity captures an event or issue of great journalistic importance. Pieter Ten Hoopen has taken home this inaugural award with 'The Migrant Caravan'. The series documents a migrant caravan with as many as 7,000 travellers (including at least 2,300 children) who were a mix of those facing political repression and violence, and those fleeing harsh economic conditions.

'The World Press Photo Contest' recognises the unbelievable talent of professional photographers and honours the best pictures which have contributed to visual journalism over the past year. The '2019 World Press Photo Contest' drew 4,738 photographers from 129 countries across the globe, with an astonishing submission of 78,801 images.

Don't miss on what'll be NZ's most compelling, thought-provoking and eye-opening photo exhibition this winter.