World Press Photo
|Founded||1955, Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Key people||His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (Patron), Pieter Broertjes, former editor-in-chief de Volkskrant|
|Method(s)||Nonviolence, Funding, Contest, Education|
World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Founded in 1955 the organization is known for holding the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.
The awards ceremony is held in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. After the contest, the prizewinning photographs are assembled into a traveling exhibition that is visited by over a million people in 40 countries. A yearbook presenting all prizewinning entries is published annually in six languages.
In addition to selecting the World Press Photo of the Year, the contest determines winners in the following categories:
- Spot News
- General News
- People in the News
- Sports Action
- Sports Features
- Contemporary Issues
- Daily Life
- Arts and Entertainment
Another primary objective of the organization is to support professional press photography on a wide international scale, to stimulate developments in photojournalism, encourage the transfer of knowledge, help develop high professional standards in photojournalism and promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information. It organizes a number of educational projects throughout the world: seminars, workshops and the annual Joop Swart Masterclass.
In 2008, Anthony Suau, of USA, won the World Press Photo of the Year for the second time (the first was in 1987).
In 2007, a total of 4,460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered 78,083 images in the competition. The winner was the British photographer Tim Hetherington.
New York based photographer Spencer Platt of Getty Images won in 2006. His picture showed a group of young Lebanese driving through a South Beirut neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombings. The picture 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.
Amit Sha'al of Israel won third prize in 2011 in the category of Arts and Entertainment: Stories. During an exhibit in Lebanon that year, World Press Photo was asked to remove Sha'al's photos because, according to the General Security Directorate, Lebanon and Israel were "in a state of war." WPP refused to censor the Israeli artist and shut down the exhibit ten days ahead of schedule.
- Laurent, Olivier (22 May 2011). "Protests force World Press Photo shutdown in Beirut". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 23 May 2011. "At the centre of the controversy are Amit Sha'al's project A Journey Through Time and Place, which is a series of archive photos set against their present-day backdrops in Israel (the images can be seen on the World Press Photo website). The series won 3rd prize in the Arts and Entertainment category."
- Associated Press (20 May 2011). "Show Ends After Lebanon Bars Israeli". The New York Times (Beirut). Retrieved 23 May 2011. "A Lebanese security official said the General Security Directorate ordered the organizers to remove the work of Amit Shaal because he is Israeli. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he noted by way of explanation that the two nations were 'in a state of war.'"
- Gregoire, Antonin (23 May 2011). "World Press Photo exhibit in Beirut forced to close over censorship". iloubnan.info. Retrieved 23 May 2011. "'For a week it was no problem and then someone noticed that he is an Israeli photographer,' said to AP Erik de Kruijf, project manager for the exhibition. He said the Netherland based organisation preferred to shut down the whole exhibit ten days prior to the end rather than removing the work of one of the artists. 'We cannot allow censorship of any kind so that's why we decided to take everything down.'"
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