The most important photojournalism exhibition in the world lands in Barcelona with the most spectacular photos taken worlwide. Political conflicts, human mobility and environmental impact are just some of the topics that are immortalised in this year’s World Press Photo that is displayed until June 5th at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).
Barcelona has been one of the first cities chosen to host the winning photos of the biggest photojournalism contest, which this year has been advanced to spring. For 13 years now, the exhibition has been set at the CCCB and this year it expects to exceed the 56,400 visitors from last year. 143 photographs will be displayed among more than 80,000 images submitted by 5,304 photographers from 125 countries and it is only 4 metro stops away from Twentytú hostel!
Among the winners there are three Spanish photographers; Santi Palacios, who has been second in the category of “Current Issues”, and Francis Perez and Jaime Rojo, awarded with first and third prize respectively in the “Nature” category. In addition, the German photographer settled in Barcelona Daniel Etter has won the third prize in the category of “Contemporary themes” with an image that shows two Nigerians refugees crying in a refugee center in Surman, Libya.
See to understand
But World Press Photo is not only a simple exhibition of photojournalism: behind the leisure proposal there is a much more important mission; to raise awareness of the problems that we live today and promote solidarity between different cultures. The photographs are not only looking for quality and aesthetics, but their intention is to show a reality and explain a story that, often, goes unnoticed most of the world. Under the slogan “See and understand”, the World Press Photo summarizes many of the issues that have stood out this year as the Syrian war and the mobility of its refugees, climate change and its effects on the planet, and attacks of different Terrorist groups.
This year’s winning photo is the murder of the Russian ambassador Andrei Kárlov. The photographer, Burhan Ozbilici, was at the same inauguration as Kárlov by chance and was able to immortalise the moment just after a police officer off duty fired up to nine times the ambassador.
Parallel Activities for all tastes
And for those who still want more, parallel activities to the World Press Photo have also been organized for all tastes, and even some free, such as a free conference of the winner Jaime Rojo or the projection of the awarded audiovisual works In the prizes of the Digital Narrative Contest.
This year as a novelty there are also activities especially designed for professional photographers such as a meeting with the photojournalist and one of the winners of this year, Santi Palacios, or the master class of marketing given by the reputed Photography Consultant Marc Prüst.
In addition, if you want to look deeper into the interpretation of World Press Photo images, you can take a guided route by an expert in audiovisual language analysis.
In addition, remember that if you don’t arrive in time to enjoy the World Press Photo, Barcelona has many more photography exhibition to know the world through different lenses.