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Ralf Jurrien : August 29th 2007 - 20:05 CET

Photo journalism from photographers

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World press photoPhoto journalism from photographers : The World Press Photo exhibition showcases the best of press photography from across the globe. Annually, Amsterdam based World Press Photo organises a competition to select the best examples of photo-journalism from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines. Winning entries are selected by an international panel of independent judges from divergent backgrounds who bring a breadth of experience to the judging process. The Scottish Parliament exhibition will comprise 178 images drawn from news coverage of world events in 2006. The winning images were selected from 78,083 submitted by 4,460 photographers from 124 countries. Prizes were awarded to 60 photographers over 10 themed categories.
Photo journalism exhibition
Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer said: “This world-class photojournalism exhibition proved a huge draw for visitors last year, attracting thousands into our building to see the thought-provoking images which lined the public foyer. I’m delighted that the World Press Photo exhibition is returning to Holyrood as part of this year’s Festival of Politics. Photography will also feature prominently in this year’s Festival of Politics line up, with internationally acclaimed photographer Harry Benson and former World Press Photo award winner Kieran Dodds discussing photojournalism on 25 August in Life of the Lens.”

World Press Photo

Photo journalism from photographers - Images
The aftermath of a petrol pipeline explosion in Nigeria, Darfur refugees on the Sudan-Chad border awaiting food distribution and bombed buildings in Lebanon during the Israeli Hezbollah conflict are just some of the images on display in this exhibition. The overall winner was US photographer Spencer Platt of Getty Images whose photograph depicts a group of affluent-looking young Lebanese driving through a South Beirut neighbourhood devastated by Israeli bombings. The image was taken on 15 August 2006, the first day of the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah when thousands of Lebanese started returning to their homes.

World Press Photo exhibition - Winners
Winners are drawn from 23 countries and the United Kingdom is represented by Alex Livesey of Getty Images for Sports who was awarded second prize in the Sports Action singles category for his picture of Liverpool striker Peter Crouch scoring against Galatasaray in a UEFA Champions League match. The awe-inspiring images will be on display from 3 August in the public Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament providing a taster for Festival of Politics audiences. Now in its third year, the Festival runs from 24 to 26 August with a diverse programme of events bringing together politics, media and the cultural industries. This year’s line up includes the former Liberal Democrat party leader, Charles Kennedy MP, renowned BBC foreign correspondent Kate Adie and the internationally acclaimed Scottish photographer, Harry Benson.

World Press Photo exhibition - Photo journalism highlights
• This year’s highlights include Tony Singh, award-winning head chef and founder of Oloroso and Clarissa Dickson-Wright, chef and broadcaster, discussing the issues and politics of food production and healthy eating.
• Nick Barley, Director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Architecture and Design Centre will chair a debate on Olympic and Commonwealth Games bids as a catalyst for urban regeneration.
• On Sunday 26 August the Festival of Politics will host an “open doors day” style event entitled Open Parliament. The event is free and visitors will be invited to explore behind the scenes at Holyrood.

World Press Photo - Photo journalism from photographers
The annual exhibition is shown each year at about 90 venues in 40 countries all over the world. This year's exhibition contains about 200 photographs. It is an annual public showcase for photojournalism comprising the year’s winning photo, together with award-winning images from each of the ten contest categories. The high quality of photojournalism involved is considered to set a standard in the field. As a visual record of the previous year’s events, the exhibition has popular appeal and attracts a significantly wider range of visitors than traditional art and photography exhibitions. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization. Its offices are in Amsterdam, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955. Its main aim is to support and promote internationally the work of professional press photographers. Over the years, World Press Photo has evolved into an independent platform for photojournalism and the free exchange of information.

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In order to realise its objectives, World Press Photo organises the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Educational projects play an important role in World Press Photo’s activities. Seminars and workshops open to individual photographers, photo agencies and picture editors are organised in developing countries. The annual Joop Swart Masterclass, held in the Netherlands, is aimed at talented photographers at the start of their careers. They receive practical instruction and professional advice from leaders in the profession. World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT. The World Press Photo 2007 catalogue is available from the Parliament shop price £14.95.

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