World Press Photo 12
WestLicht, Photography, Vienna, Austria
Friday September 7, 2012 - Sunday October 21, 2012 - Event ended.
Since 1955 the board of the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo-journalism which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, has invited press photographers and photo-journalists from all over the world to take part in the World Press Photo competition. An international jury, which is changed each year and consists of 19 members, judges the submitted entries that come from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines all over the world.
In 2011 the competition received 101,254 entries from 5.247 professional photographers from 124 countries. The international jury awarded prizes across nine theme categories to 57 photographers from 25 countries.
It is not only an impressive demonstration of achievements in international photo-journalism but also a unique retrospective of events of worldwide importance and historical significance that have taken place during the previous year, covering such subjects as politics, sports, culture, environment and science.
A picture by Samuel Aranda from Spain was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2011. The picture shows a woman holding her wounded son in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011. Samuel Aranda was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times.
The main prize, the World Press Photo of the year is awarded to an individual photograph that is not only a summation of the previous year in photo-journalism but also deals with subject matter, a situation or event which has great journalistic significance and, at the same time shows exceptional achievement in the areas of visual perception and creativity.
Attracting over two and a half million people each year in over 100 locations, the world’s most prestigious annual exhibition of photojournalism visits Vienna for the 11th year running. During the exhibition three computers will give visitors insights into the World Press Photo contests of past years.
The yearbook including all images that have won awards in this year's contest, contains the best photo journalistic works of the year. Hence the large format publication is not only an exhibition catalogue, but also an independent, gripping contemporary document.
World Press Photo is supported by the Netherlands Postal Code Lottery and sponsored worldwide by Canon. Further information at: www.worldpressphoto.nl. Econgas is supporting the exhibition in Vienna