Exhibitions archive

World Press Photo Exhibition 2021

Synagogue Groningen | 19 november – 6 december | 2020

The renowned World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 connects the world with the most meaningful stories of the year. Photographers from all over the world send their best work every year to try to win the World Press Photo of the Year. Together, some 150 images make up the World Press Photo Exhibition, retelling and breathing new life into some of the key moments of the year.

2021 will mark the 64th year of the annual World Press Photo Contest, with more than 4,000 professional photographers from 130 countries submitting nearly 75,000 images. From this immense pool, the judges selected 45 lucky nominees from 28 different countries. The competition categories are varied: Contemporary Topics, General News, Environment, Long Term Projects, Nature, Spot News, Sports and Portraits.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 can be seen as just one part of the NonFiction Photo Festival 2021 in Groningen. The festival took place from November 12 to December 5 in the Synagogue Groningen.

Rise Up Exhibition

Synagogue Groningen | 19 november – 6 december | 2020

This photo exhibition shows the story of the North in times of protest: how do we try to change our world for the better? What are the Northern 'local solutions to global problems'? In response to the World Press Photo Exhibition, the photo exhibition responds to the worldwide protests of the past year that have also left their mark in the North. The modern sense of community. The power of a clenched fist, shock tactics, starting social movements, so-called 'grassroots initiatives'.

Rise Up explores the broad spectrum of local initiative and protest; from the Boerenprotest by Siese Veenstra, to the Beach Cleanup on Schiermonnikoog, recorded by Remko de Waal. Both photographers won the Zilveren Camera 2020 with these photo projects. The work of Kees van de Veen, also winner of the Zilveren Camera, Anjo de Haan and Reyer Boxem can also be admired in this exhibition. The stories of pioneers from the North are told here. Who and what are hidden behind the citizens' initiatives that we see flourishing in our own environment? View the stories of Catcalls of Grunn, Tuin in De Stad, Just a Cup of Coffee and more with photos of the pioneers by Andrea Hooymans.

This exhibition was realized with the help of Kunstraad Groningen, Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Synagoge Groningen, Fotofabriek and ANP.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

Synagogue Groningen | 19 november – 6 december | 2020

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 showcases the most striking images and compelling visual stories of 2019 with winning photography from the Photo Contest 2020, taken by 44 photographers from 24 countries, selected by an independent jury. Yasuyoshi Chiba's Straight Voice was voted World Press Photo of the Year 2020. The winning photo shows a young man, lit by mobile phones, reciting protest poems during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan. Romain Laurendeau's Kho, the Genesis of Revolt, has been voted World Press Photo Story of the Year 2020. His photo series tells the story of Algerian youth and how they unleashed Algeria's largest protest movement in decades.

The exhibition was visited by about 3000 visitors and made possible thanks to the efforts of about seventy volunteers. The project has been enriched with a school and Academy program. In terms of content, we collaborated well with researchers from the University of Groningen, Minerva Academy, Amnesty International City and Catcalls of Grunn. 

This exhibition was realized with the help of Kunstraad Groningen, Synagoge Groningen, Doppio, Albert Heijn and Ten Stripes. 

This exhibition can be seen as part of the NonFiction Photo Festival 2020.

Wake Up Your Mind

Online Exhibition | Summer 2020

This exhibition was realized with the help of Kunstraad Groningen, Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Synagoge Groningen, Fotofabriek and ANP.“What is your passion?” Six students asked seven people with a migration background this question. In this online exhibition environment, portraits and stories are shown that show where people feel at home, who makes them happy and who inspires them in life. In other words: Get to know the person behind the migrant.

The Wake Up Your Mind project is a collaboration between the Refugee Foundation and the Dutch government. The initiative aims to bring (new) Dutch young people together to realize their own creative project within a year. NonFiction Photo gave the youth team a lecture and workshop on photography to support the group of young people in the project. Visit the Wake Up Your Mind instagram page, read an article about the project and visit the digital exhibition here.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the North Netherlands Refugee Foundation.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

Synagogue Groningen | 15 november – 8 december | 2019

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 consists of 150 photos by 43 photographers from 25 countries. This year, 4,738 photographers from 129 countries submitted some 78,801 images to the World Press Photo of the Year competition, won by John Moore for "Crying girl on the border." For the first time there is also the story of the year by the Swedish-Dutch photographer Pieter ten Hoopen, 'The migrant caravan', a fine example of 'solutions journalism'.

Read the articles by our journalistic talents about the exhibition, opening, Academy program and the visitor experiences. Also try the article from Dagblad van het Noorden.

The exhibition was visited by about 6,000 people and was made possible thanks to the efforts of about 78 volunteers, 27 of whom were international. The project has been enriched with a Talent Track, schools and Academy programme. In terms of content, we have enjoyed working together with researchers from the University of Groningen, Amnesty International Students Groningen, Usva, Meander and ESN.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen, the Synagogue Groningen, Ten Stripes, Midi, Doppio, Albert Heijn, Beans & Grapes, Frietwinkel Groningen, Mustache Meubelen and Camilla's Camellia.

Solutions: Energy

Synagogue Groningen | 15 november – 8 december | 2019

This exhibition is a local 'answer' to the World Press Photo Exhibition. Under the guise of 'local solutions to global problems', young makers depict the Northern story in the field of energy. Exhibiting photographers are Annemarijn Vlinder, David Vroom and Frank Nuiver. Curation by Andrea Hooymans, coaching by Sabina Theijs.

This exhibition is the outcome of NonFiction Photo's new young makers talent program and thematically a sequel to the Gronings Gas exhibition. Read more about the exhibition, an article by our journalistic talent Ayla Elzinga. Also try the interview with Frank Nuiver of Dagblad van het Noorden.

The exhibition was visited by about 6,000 people. The project is supported by a production team of ten volunteers – three of which are international – and members of the Design Talent Trajectory. The exhibition is elaborated in the Academy program. We have had a fantastic substantive collaboration with MijnFotocoach for these young makers pilot; and with the Green Office and Hanze University for the interactive wall.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to a gift from Kunstraad Groningen and Emmaplein Foundation; and sponsorship of the Fotofabriek.

Gronings Gas

Nikolaïchurch Appingedam | 11 – 17 october | 2019

Synagogue Groningen | 10 may – 2 june | 2019

De fototentoonstelling verbeeldt verschillende thema’s rondom de gaswinning in Groningen, verbeeld door fotografen uit het Noorden. Gaswinning is een actueel en prangend onderwerp dat de stichting NonFiction Photo belicht in het kader van ‘solutions journalism’. Met werk van Jan Zeeman, Kees van de Veen, Anjo de Haan, Geert-Job Sevink, Corné Sparidaens en Joost Nuijten. Curatie door Andrea Hooymans.

The exhibition was visited by about 8,000 people in Groningen and 500 people in Appingedam. For this project we have collaborated on content with Dagblad van het Noorden (I Wacht dossier and project het Verdwenen Groningen) and De Verhalen van Groningen.

This exhibition is the result of collaboration with Canon Nederland, the municipality of Appingedam and the Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa Lyceum.

Young People Programme

Nikolaïchurch Appingedam | 11 – 17 october | 2019

Synagogue Groningen | 10 may – 2 june | 2019

In our exhibition 'Gronings Gas' 2019 we present the photos of the participants of the Canon Young People Programme. This program gives young people the opportunity to shed light on social issues in a convincing way through photography. Their photos showed a connection to their environment. The photographers used their own experience to highlight the consequences and solutions of gas extraction in Groningen.

Twintig leerlingen van het Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa Lyceum in Appingedam volgden een workshop fotografie en visual storytelling onder begeleiding van Bas Meelker,  studenten Noorderpoort Art & Multimedia en NonFiction Photo. Het eindresultaat is gepresenteerd voor zowel ouders als beleidsmakers, waaronder kinderombudsvrouw Margrite Kalverboer.

Deze tentoonstelling is tot stand gekomen door samenwerking met Canon Nederland, Canon Fotograaf Bas Meelker, de gemeente Appingedam en het Rudolph Pabus Cleveringa Lyceum.

Silver Camera 2019 (Zilveren Camera 2019)

Synagogue Groningen | 15 november – 8 december

The Zilveren Camera is the national prize for the best journalistic photo. It will be 70 years old in 2019. The 70th edition of the Zilveren Camera shows more than 200 impressive news photos by a total of 55 photographers and distinguishes sector prizes for news region, national and international, politics, sports, people in the news, art culture and entertainment, documentary national and international.

The exhibition also includes the winners of the Audience Award, Storytelling Award, the NSP/Zilveren Camera Sports Photo of the Year and the Paul Peters Photo Award for social photography.

Read the articles by our journalists about De Zilveren Camera, the exhibition in Groningen, the Academy and the education programme. Also try the article from Dagblad van het Noorden.

The exhibition was visited by about 1,400 people and was made possible thanks to the efforts of about 45 volunteers, 16 of which were international. The project is enriched with a Talent Traject and Academy programme, with presentations by prize-winning photographers Sanne de Wilde, Pim Ras and Jilmer Postma. In terms of content, we have enjoyed working together with researchers from the University of Groningen, Noorderlicht Groningen and local photographers and musicians.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen, Borgesius Consulting, Midi, Doppio, Mustache Meubelen, Albert Heijn, Beans & Grapes and Camilla's Camellia.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

Synagogue Groningen | 9 november – 2 december

World Press Photo gives a stage to 42 photographers from 22 countries in eight categories. They were chosen as the winner from a group of 4,548 photographers from 125 countries who together submitted 73,044 images. There are cartoons of the civil uprisings in Venezuela; climate change; migration; and new production methods from China to feed the world. The 'Daily Life' category is now making way for the 'Environment' category.

The Digital Storytelling Contest can also be seen in Groningen with documentaries and interactive websites; a first in Groningen. Read an article by Carlijn Keijzer, talent journalism, about the opening; or the RuG article.

The exhibition was visited by about 5,000 people and was made possible thanks to the efforts of about 78 volunteers, 27 of whom were international. The project has been enriched with a Talent Track, schools and Academy programme. Speakers included: World Press Photo winners Kadir van Lohuizen and Giulio Di Sturco; and city poet Lilian Zielstra. In terms of content, we have had a good collaboration with the University of Groningen, Forum Images Groningen, Canon Nederland, City Link Groningen-San Carlos. We have also collaborated with Synagogue Groningen, Noorderlicht and inspiration festival Lets GRO.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen, Ten Stripes, Midi, Doppio, Albert Heijn, Mustache Meubelen, Beans & Grapes, Frietwinkel Groningen and Camilla's Camellia.

Green is the New Black

Synagogue Groningen | 9 november – 2 december | 2018

NonFiction Photo explores the new 'environment' category of the World Press Photo Competition. Three local photographers went in search of Northern developments in the field of sustainability. From Tiny Houses projects and action group Code Rood to environmentally friendly technology of the Landleven bio farm in Onstwedde. With work by Marion Verwey, Joost Nuijten, Dennis Lapré and Majella Elgersma. The urgency of the photos is emphasized with the screen printing series Fucking Recycle by British designer Becky Redman. Curated by Andrea Hooymans, exhibition design by Sander Vermeulen.

That year, the foundation fell into an extra project: the documentary Passengers by journalist Tafa Abdulghafour tells about Syrian refugees and thus taps into the migration theme of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017.

The exhibition was visited by about 5,000 people and was made possible thanks to the patient effort of 20 'folders' who put together the cardboard walls, designed by Egbert Pikkemaat. Read a nice article by Dagblad van het Noorden about the complete exhibition.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen and Smurfit Kappa.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2017

Synagoge Groningen | 17 november – 10 december

World Press Photo 17 is an intriguing photo exhibition with the best current press photos from 2016. Every year, World Press Photo makes a selection of the most penetrating, special and high-quality images from visual journalism. Photographers from around the world submit their best images and hope to win prizes in the Nature, Sports, Daily Life, News, People, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects and Spot News categories.

Read all about the exhibition according to Dagblad van het Noorden and the organization in the article by Groningen Life!

The exhibition was visited by about 5,000 people and was made possible in part by the efforts of around 50 volunteers. The exhibition is enriched with a school package and an in-depth program, with contributions from, among others: Dirk-Jan Visser, Anne-Jan Toonstra, Ebel Jan van Dijk, Maarten de Kok and World Press Photo winners Yvonne Brandwijk and Stephanie Bakker. In terms of content, we collaborated with Academie Minerva, Amnesty International Students Groningen, Pricca Practise and the inspiration festival Lets GRO (an extra exhibition on location).

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen, the Fotofabriek, Brasserie Midi, Synagogue Groningen, Mustache Meubelen, Noorderlicht, Frietwinkel Groningen and Luzac Groningen.

Nonfiction Photo Exhibition

Synagoge Groningen | 17 november – 10 december | 2017

In line with the migration theme of the World Press Photo Exhibition, Groningen photographer Maarten de Kok presents his project The Next Stop. He documented refugees who try to make the crossing between Greece and Turkey, but find themselves trapped in overcrowded camps on the Greek island of Lesbos. Later, de Kok won the third prize for the Zilveren Camera 2018 with the related project 'Portraits for Freedom'.

On the other hand there is the ongoing project Unfixing Histories, an investigation into the visual construction of history. With work by Andrea Stultiens (via Pricca Practise) and students from Academie Minerva (who did historical image research into World Press Photo's winning photos over the years).

World Press Photo Exhibition 2016

Synagoge Groningen | 18 november – 11 december

The World Press Photo of 2016 is Australian photographer Warren Richardson's 'Hope For a New Life', in which a Syrian refugee passes a child through a barbed wire fence on the border of Serbia and Hungary. The photo shows the hardening of attitudes in Europe towards refugees from war-ravaged Syria. The situation in the Middle East also occupies a prominent place in the exhibition.

In addition, the exhibition Groningen Earthquakes by Kees van de Veen, which gave a look at the themes of earthquakes and fracking in the province.

The exhibition was visited by about 5,000 people and was made possible in part by the efforts of volunteers. The exhibition is enriched with a school package and an in-depth program with Noorderlicht, the Flutphilosopher and Sake Elzinga. Read an article from Dagblad van het Noorden about the exhibition here.

On the occasion, we collaborated with inspiration festival Lets GRO for the pop-up exhibition Go Green, in collaboration with Noorderlicht, Grunneger Power, Green Office, EnTranCe, SAMEEN and Groningen lives SLIM.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen, the Fotofabriek, Synagoge Groningen and Mustache Meubelen.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2015

Der Aa Church Groningen | 20 november – 13 december

The 2015 World Press Photo featured the best press photos from 2014 in the categories Nature, Portrait, Contemporary Issues, Sports, Daily Life, Long Term Projects, Hard News and Reporting.

Read articles from Dagblad van het Noorden about the school program and the exhibition.

The exhibition was visited by about 5,000 people, including 1,600 students. The project was organized thanks to the voluntary efforts of around 75 enthusiasts. The exhibition is enriched with a school package and a side program. In this edition we have collaborated with the Image Determination Foundation.

This exhibition was realized with the help of the Kunstraad Groningen and Der Aa Kerk.

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