The Dutch cultural centre in Jakarta, Erasmus Huis, welcomed the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 showcasing the World Press Photo Story of the Year for the first time.
Established in the city of Amsterdam in 1955, World Press Photo is a global non-profit foundation linking professionals and audiences through the best pictures depicting visual journalism and storytelling.
It all began with a group of Dutch photographers who shared their passion with international audiences through a photo contest. This competition has since become the world’s most prestigious photography award with an expansive mission.
Geared with an expanded missionary work in the fields of democracy, diversity and creative journalism, the organisation returned to Jakarta presenting the best visual journalism of the Year, and for the first time, the World Press Photo Story of the Year. The winners have been chosen by an independent jury that has reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries.
Pictures with the stories that matter selected for the contest are captured by 43 photographers from 25 countries, which are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. Out of the nominees, 14 photographers are women, giving it a boost of 32 per cent which portrays a significant increase from the 2018 Photo Contest with only 12 per cent female nominees.
“World Press Photo has the great task of drawing the world’s attention to the stories that matter, each year”, Paul Moakley said, Editor at large for Special Projects at TIME and 2019 Photo Contest jury member.
The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of the year and seen by more than four million people worldwide. These pictures will be showcased at the exhibition room of Erasmus Huis during its opening hour.
The three nominees for the new World Press Photo Story of the Year award include The Lake Chad Crisis by Marco Gualazzini (Italy); The Migrant Caravan by Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands/Sweden); and Yemen Crisis by Lorenzo Tugnoli (Italy).
The jury also nominated three single images and three stories in each of the eight categories of the 2019 Photo Contest; Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News and Sports.
The exhibition opens to public on 6 – 26 September free of charge. Get in touch with Oxalis Atindriyaratri: jak-co[email protected] for more inquiries.
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