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The World Press Photo – Threats for humanity

The Center for Social Culture in Barcelona will once again host the World Press Photo exhibition, which showcases outstanding press photographs from the past twelve months, including the first place winner of this prestigious global competition. The World Press exhibition showcases interesting and thematic photographic works that have not previously been published in Spain. These photos are chosen for many aspects, one of which is visual quality, but also aesthetics. Nowadays, the photographs, offer a variant of a different perspective on current events. The shots make viewers reflect and also analyze in depth the subject matter of the events depicted in them. The exhibition includes photographs and multimedia productions that were judged the best in the World Press Photo 2022 competition, including all regional winners and also four distinguished Global Winners. Indigenous peoples, streetwise traditions, cultural diversity, or natural disasters are among the many topics the exhibition covers.

New wave of photojournalism in the World Press Photo

Photo World Press is one of the exquisite cultural photojournalism competitions around the world. Over time, however, the concept of the contest has been slightly changed. Starting in the current year, 2022 bets on a new territorial model that divides the world into six regions, specifically to ensure greater representation and diversity of authors and stories. An interesting fact is that the creators have introduced a change in the form of reducing the subject matter of previous editions and creating completely new, categories such as; photo of the year, Photo story of the year, Long term project award and Open format award.

The begginings of this exhibition

The World Press Photo awards, whose inauguration dates back to the 1950s, are one of the most prestigious awards in the entire globe. However, post-competition exhibition is visited each year by an average of more than three million people around the world. The artworks presented, remain in the memory for a long time. In the Center for Social Culture in Barcelona offers enriching guided tours, but also workshops and other activities on holding a debate on the values and beliefs of the photojournalist.

The meanining behind this year’s

Tackling the current world issues was a main concern of this year’s World Press Photo exposition. As Rena Effendi, president of the global jury, describes «The stories and photographs of the global winners are interconnected. All four of them, in their own unique ways, address the consequences of humanity’s rush for progress, and its devastating effects on our planet.» All pictures from the exposition portray a different story, from global warming consequences to bringing awareness to the importance of indigenious cultures .

Screaming for the people

Even though, gathered from different corners of the world by variety of photographs they all convey the same message – we as people by no means cannot forget these stories, and it is our responsibility to keep them alive. Some of the pictures differentiated themselves from the others and allowed them to gain “The Global Winner” title for the authors. One of the winners, Konstantinos Tsakalidis, captured the mesmerizing moment, during the breaking out of the wildfire in the small village in Greece.

Konstantinos Tsakalidis it's the photographer of Evia Island Wildfire

We can clearly see an old woman screaming while the wildfire guts the forest and slowly approaches her house. In this picture, we can clearly see the piercing pain and helplessness regarding the fire. As she later told Tsakalidis, the photographer: “At that moment I was shouting not only for myself. For the whole village.”

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caJJA-tPwZk&t=1s

Blood of the children

Another picture by Amber Bracken, who gained the ‘Photo of The Year” award, portrays dresses hanging on the wooden crosses on a fieldpath. This brilliant idea is a symbol of Kamloops Residential School, were indigenouschildren were forcibly removed from their homes and parents, often forbidden to communicate in their own languages, had been and subject to physical and even sexual abuse during 19th in Canada.

Amber Bracken it's the photographer of Kamloops Residential School

The red dresses hung on the crosses represent children who died at the Kamloops Indian School, following the discoveries of over 200 unmarked graves in British Columbia last year. These two, among other pictures, stood out and captured the most attention of visitors. However, all together, they created an amazing and eye-opening exposition, whose main purpose – bringing awareness to the world’s current issue – has been fulfilled.

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