World Press Photo Exhibition
The World Press Photo Exhibition will be returning to Southbank Centre for the sixteenth time on 9 November 2012, showcasing the works entered in the annual international competition in press photography.
Now in its 55th year, 101,254 images were submitted to the 2012 contest by 5,247 photographers from 124 different countries. Exhibited without censorship in more than 45 countries all over the world, the World Press Photo Exhibition offers an international showcase for all of the competition’s prize-winning entries, and is considered by many to set a standard in the field of photojournalism. The exhibition contains 167 photographs and is comprised of the year’s winning photo, together with award-winning images from each of the nine contest categories.
This year, subject matters include the Arab Spring - from demonstrators in Tahir Square to Libyan rebels fighting during the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi; the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami; and the Norwegian massacre on Utøya island.
The winning photograph by Samuel Aranda is an image of a Yemeni woman, Fatima al-Qaws, cradling her son Zayed in Sanaa, Yemen, on 15 October 2011.
Among prizes given out by the 2012 jury were two awarded to photographers from the UK, Simon Norfolk and Paul Hilton. Simon Norfolk won third prize in the Portrait Stories category with his series ‘Burke and Norfolk’, which depicts various groups of people in Afghanistan. Norfolk’s portraits are influenced by the 19th century photographer John Burke, who was in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, from 1878 to 1880. Norfolk photographed what he thought Burke would have found interesting had he been in Afghanistan today.
Paul Hilton was awarded third prize in the Nature Stories category for his series ‘Shark Fin’. Hilton focuses on global environment and conservation issues, and here documents how hunting sharks for their fins has become a highly lucrative business across the globe.
For more information about World Press Photo, the prize winning images in the exhibition and about the photographers, visit: worldpressphoto.org
9 November to 27 November 2012
Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Open daily 10am to 11pm
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