Wednesday, 14 November 2012

World Press Photo 2012

We visited the World Press Photo Exhibition held at Royal Festival Hall over the weekend. The exhibition acknowledges outstanding photojournalism in categories such as contemporary issues, Nature, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Daily Life and People in the news. 101,254 photos from 5247 photographers of 124 nationalities were submitted this year. Reflecting the turmoil and seismic shifts the world has undergone in the past year, there were photos of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Spring Uprising in Egypt and the revolution in Libya. Disturbing photos showing the cartel wars in Mexico as well as public hangings in Iran remind viewers of what life is like for others.

In the midst of all the bleak and dark photos, a heart-warming piece, Never Let You Go by Argentinian photojournalist Alejandro Kirchuk stood out. The collection of photos tells the story of Marcos and Monica, a couple married for 65 years. Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 84 in 2007 and Marcos took it upon himself to look after her for four years until she passed away last year. Despite the fact that Monica barely recognised him and the challenges of caring for a bed ridden Monica, Marcos is quoted saying “Tell me where she is going to be better than here. I treat her like a princess, here she has everything.”

You can see and read more on Never Let You Go here:

2nd prize in Nature: Hang Son Doong in Vietnam believed to be the largest cave on earth by Carsten Peter. 

Honorable mention in Spot News: A leopard attack in West Bengal India by Salil Bera

1st prize in Sports: Iron Man World Championships in Hawaii by Donald Miralle, Jr. 

World Press Photo of the year: A mother cradles her son suffering from a tear gas attack, Yemen by Samuel Aranda

The exhibition will remain in Royal Festival Hall until the 27th November. 

 You can see the rest of the exhibition here:

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