The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to capture our attention
There’s a reason that the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is so universally recognised – the power of photography is undeniable. Returning for another year, the World Press Photo Exhibition is one of the biggest and best examples of this philosophy – the travelling showcase reveals to audiences some of the most iconic, controversial and intimate moments from the past year. The globetrotting event is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from June 30 to July 23, ready to stun and delight.
This year marks the 60th edition of the World Press Photo Exhibition, as well as the 10th anniversary of the free exhibition being shown at the Brisbane Powerhouse. The exhibition is packed with jaw-dropping images spread across a range of seven categories – Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports and Spot News. Winning photographs this year were selected from a mammoth pool of 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries, with the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year award going to Burhan Ozbilici.
Most people would be familiar with Burhan’s iconic photo that captures Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey late last year. Much of the exhibition’s content reflects the tumultuous political and environmental climate worldwide (including Jonathan Bachman’s now viral Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge), but it is also sprinkled with visual gems that will no doubt educate and inspire.
Entry to the World Press Photo Exhibition is free, so be sure to head along to the Brisbane Powerhouse from June 30 to July 23 to check it out.
Image credit: Francis Pérez