AMSTERDAM- 150 photos by 43 photographers from 25 countries will travel the world this year: as part of the World Press Photo exhibition. “It is an album for future generations, an album where they will get a glimpse [of our world]”, says Paul Moakley, jury member for the competition. 

by Talent Journalistiek William Zijlstra

Translation by Thomas Ansell

“World Press Photo has the grand task of bringing the world’s attention to the stories that mattered the most this year”, clarifies Nana Kofi Acquah, photographer and jury member of the renowned photogarphic competition. For the World Press Photo Awards 2019, 78,801 photos were submitted by 4,738 photographers around the world. The renowned jury looked for relevance, uniqueness, and unforgettable frames- which were chosen from Press Photographer’s work around such issues as mass migration, climate change, and press freedom.

Images to reflect upon

World Press Photo was launched in 1955 in the Netherlands, by an organisation based in Amsterdam. The yearly press photo competition travels worldwide, to be viewed by millions. In order to maximise the number of people the images reach, social media is also used to bring the photos and the stories behind them to attention. “It’s also about recognition, and not just for the photographer, but possibly more so for the subject of the photo”, says curator and former jury member Yumi Goto. The goal is, namely, to remind visitors of the year in news, and to get them to reflect on its images.

Daughter without Mother

This visual form of journalism, this manner of telling news stories, is no better underscored by the world of the winer from this year: John Moore. His photo “Crying girl on the border” tells the story of two immigrants: a mother and daughter, who have been arrested by American patrol forces on the US-Mexican border. The girl is distraught. Many other mothers and daughters are in a similar situation, after they were detained in their hundreds thanks to a zero-tolerance attitude by Donald Trump’s US administration.

Moore’s photo, and tens more, will be available to view during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in Groningen: from 15 November to 8 December.

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