World Press Photo Exhibition 2016

The 59th annual World Press Photo Exhibition is now showing at the State Library of NSW.

By Benjamen Judd 

Showing until June 19, the World Press Photo Exhibition offers viewers a rare glimpse at the world through the eyes of another. And this year is particularly poignant, since Australian photographer Warren Richardson was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015.

Richardson’s winning shot was a haunting image that depicted refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary. It was taken on 28 August 2015, and the man and child in the image were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.

Since launching in 1955, The World Press Photo exhibit has fostered both professional and amateur artists, giving them a platform to show their work amongst an international peer group. It’s objective, to promote photojournalism and the unique documentation that it offers modern society.

“Each year, World Press Photo of the Year honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year. It was judged by an independent jury of 18 internationally recognised photojournalists and documentary photography professionals from 16 countries using a new code of ethics and a transparent and rigorous verification process.”

Entry to the exhibition is free.

The World Press Photo Exhibition will finish its run at the State Library of NSW on June 19.

State Library of NSW Macquarie Street, Sydney

www.sl.nsw.gov.au

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