World Press Photo exhibition shows the essence of photojournalism in Macau

Friday, September 19, 2008
Issue 471, Page 6
Word count: 360
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The World Press Photo 2008 exhibition, which showcases 185 prizewinning pictures from 10 different categories, is for the first time touring in Macau until October 9 at the Tourism Activities Centre.

World Press Photo (WPP) is an independent nonprofit organisation founded in the Netherlands in 1955.

Its main aim is to internationally support and promote professional photojournalism and over the years, WPP had evolved into an independent platform for press photographers and the free exchange of information.

Every year the exhibition travels to 100 cities in 58 countries to display the essence of press photography around the world.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition yesterday, Jeroen Visser, the WPP staff who is in-charge of exhibitions, said they wanted to show to the public in Macau the importance of photojournalism.

“Economic development grows with media development in a city,” Mr Visser said, adding “we hope the photos will inspire journalists and the public to appreciate photojournalism as good media is an important factor of a society.”

Among the 185 winning entries, the World Press Photo of the Year went to the UK Vanity Fair’s Tim Hetherington for his image of a soldier of Second Platoon in Afghanistan on September 16, 2007.

Portuguese photographer for the newspaper Record, Miguel Barreira, was entitled the third prize singles of the sports action category with his shoot of a bodyboarder during a competition held in Portugal’s Nazare beach.

When the World Press Photo Contest opened this year, 5,019 photographers from 125 countries entered a total number of 80,536 images which were all taken and published in 2007.

All photographs were judged in February 2008 in Amsterdam by an independent international jury comprising 13 professionals recognised in the field of press photography and chaired by Gary Knight from the UK.

The works are categorised into 10 different genres including spot news, general news, sports features, contemporary issues, portraits, nature and daily life.

The exhibition opens from 10am to 7pm daily until October 9 and is of free entry.

It is a House of Portugal’s project and sponsored by six entities including the Macau Daily Times, Journal Tribuna of Macau and the Macau Government Tourist Office.

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