World Press Photo hosts over 100 exhibitions around the world every year. It has become one of the most popular traveling photo events in the world and is currently the world’s most prestigious photography competition. The competition is organized and based in the Netherlands, and works by the competition winners and runners-up are placed on display as the event tours in over 40 countries.
The World Press Photo exhibition of 2012, promises to be especially outstanding, as it records the numerous groundbreaking events that have occurred throughout this eventful year. The touring exhibition covers everything from the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami to child brides in Yemen to outstanding nature captures.
The big event is coming to Naples – Italy this year, running from the 22nd of December to the 13th of January. The exhibition will be open daily from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM, though hours will be shortened on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and closed on December 25th.
The exhibition will be held in the Sala Maria Cristina at the Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiara, located at 49 C Via Santa Chiara, and is organized by Associazione Culturale NEAPOLIS.ART.
This year’s World Press photo of the year award went to Samuel Aranda of Spain for his capture of events in Yemen; however, there is a huge range of winners in various subcategories, and all are worth visiting. Some of the categories include Contemporary Issues, Nature, Arts and Entertainment, Portraits, People in the News, Daily Life, and Sports, among others. (Play the video to see the photo contest winners)
The first World Press Photo award was given in 1955. The winning photo showed a motor-cross competitor tumbling from his motorcycle mid-race. Nearly every year since then a winning photo has emerged from the competition, and many have gone on to become iconic of their particular year or era. From iconic images like that of the demonstrator in Tiananmen Square to trend-setting images that have reshaped press photography, the World Press Photo event is a yearly catalyst for change in photojournalism.
By 1960, the small-scale competition had grown into the world-renowned foundation that exists today. Over subsequent decades, the exhibitions have grown and events were being held in more and more locations. The contest was gaining prestige and each year, the number of entrants grew.
Activities of the organization have also expanded to provide increasing contact between photojournalists around the world. Workshops and seminars are now a regular part of World Press Photo activities, and local training events have been initiated.
This event is a must for any lovers of photography in general or photojournalism in particular. Each image is simply stunning; the whole exhibition is a cultural production of amazing depth. Along with the photographic exhibition, World Press Photo will be hosting a number of workshops, meetings and reading portfolios.
For more information: http://www.worldpressphoto.it/
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