The World Press Photo Foundation was created in 1955. The contest kept on growing until today, becoming one of the most prestigious events in the fields of photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. It aims to inspire new journalists and artists, to involve the public in current issues, to educate both future journalists and the public, to support journalism and important values linked to this field such as freedom of speech.
World Press Photo 2015
From November the 12th to December the 13th, Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center (CCCB) hosts the 11th edition of the World Press Photo exhibition. This year’s winning photographs of this renowned international prize consist of 134 images and 7 multimedia projects. Word Press Photo 2015 has awarded 45 prizes to artists from all around the world.
This event is the most important international photojournalism contest as it enables debate and constructive criticism between artists from all around the world. This year, 97,912 images were submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries.
This year’s winning image represents the intimacy of a gay couple in a small apartment in St Petersburg.
The photograph was taken by Dane Mads Nissen. The artist chose this theme because of all the current homophobic issues in Russia, including harassment and violence against sexual minorities, in other words, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people (LGBT).
The exhibition enables to see works of art directly linked to current matters such as poverty, exploitation, violence, emigration, pollution, love and many others. The contest is organized eight categories: Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot News.
Other activities will complete the exhibition, such as talks, workshops or guided visits with international photo experts.
You can enjoy this exhibition every day from Tuesday to Sunday and for only 6 euros (4 for reduced prices), it is totally worth it to discover this year’s major events and issues through art.
For more information about World Press Photo, you can visit the official website.
For more information about the exhibition in Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center, you can visit the CCCB official website.