In celebrating one of the most important events in press photography, the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank Centre hosts the World Press Photo Exhibition this November. With most of the images taken in 2013, the photographs capture from the most powerful to the most disturbing images. The World Press Photo exhibition is displayed in 45 countries across the globe, within around 100 cities, offering an international insight not only to the winning entries, but what is known to be a standard in photojournalism.
The exhibition displays an estimate of 140 photographs from over 90,000 submissions from themes of natural disasters, human suffering, as well as nature beauty and sport events. The winning photographs display news matters of conflicts such as the occurrences in Syria and Kenya, as well as the Typhoon Haiyan aftermath in the Philippines.
American photographer, John Stanmeyer, won the World Press Photo of the Year 2013, with his photograph showing an image of African migrants by the shore of Djibouti city. At this common stop-off point for migrants from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea who search for better lives in Europe and the Middle East, Stanmeyer presents a visual of citizens raising their phones to find an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia. The National Geographic shot also claimed the Contemporary Issues Category First Prize.
This year, the annual competition awarded four prizes to UK photographers. Abbie Trayler-Smith won the Staged Portrait Category, winning the second prize with her photograph of Shannon, a Sheffield teenager who inserted a balloon in her stomach in order to lose weight. The third prize in the category of Staged Portraits Single was achieved by Nadav Kander, with his portrait of ’12 Years A Slave’ actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
In the category of Contemporary Issues, Marcus Bleasdale took home the third prize with his modern-day whalers photographs series. For Julie McGuire, she won the third prize in the Daily Life category with her display of a Malaysian asylum for street dogs.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
2014 World Press Photo Exhibition
7 November – 26 November 2014
Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Open daily: 10am to 11pm