• Maasa Furumori

The Stories That Matter -World Press Photo Exhibition

About World Press Photo Exhibition

Starting from 1955, World Press Photo (WPP) has recognized and honored the best work of photojournalists around the planet. The World Press Photo Exhibition shows the results of the 62nd Annual World Press Photo Contest which rewards professional photographers for the best photographs presented as singles or in stories contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

The winners this year were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries and regions. The World Press Photo Exhibition travels to 100 venues within Europe and Asia, including Japan, bringing in approximately 4 million visitors worldwide a year. The jury nominated three single images and three stories in each of the eight categories of the 2019 Photo Contest: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News, and Sports. In consideration to the judging process, content should be creative and visually stimulating whilst integrating engaging digital storytelling in order to captivate the audience. The visual stories are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and compelling insights about our world.

The photographs describe the reality which tends to be buried in the daily news and hardly seen in our everyday life. Each of them captures powerful expressions and decisive moments which are happening "now" in the world.

The World Press Photo Foundation

The World Press Photo Foundation was started by a group of photographers in Amsterdam, Netherlands as an independent non-profit organization. In the beginning, they organized a documentary press photo exhibition to let people know about their photo works. The exhibition later became the ‘World Press Photo Exhibition,’ which is held in more than 100 venues every year, and its popularity grows globally with 4 million visitors in total.

World Press Photo of the Year 2019

(All photo descriptions are cited from the exhibit panel.)

Spot News

"Crying girl on the border"

Photographer: John Moore (Getty Images)

Immigrant families rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by US authorities. Sandra Sanchez said that she and her daughter had been travelling for a month through Central America and Mexico before reaching the US to seek asylum.

At the time, the Trump administration had announced a ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy at the border, under which all individuals who illegally entered the US would be prosecuted.

As a result, about 2,000 apprehended parents were separated from their children, often sent to different detention facilities. However, a week later, it was revealed that Sandra and her daughter had in fact not been separated. After this picture was published worldwide, the picture caused controversy among US citizens. Within 10 days after the picture was published, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on June 20th.

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee 2019

"Pregnant after the FARC child-bearing ban"

Photographer: Catalina Martin-Chico (Panos)

Yorladis is pregnant for the sixth time, after five other pregnancies were terminated during her FARC years. She said she managed to hide the fifth pregnancy from her commander until the sixth month by wearing loose clothes.

Environment 1st Prize Single

"Akashinga – The Brave Ones"

Photographer: Brent Stirton (Getty Images, South Africa)  

Petronella Chigumbura (30) a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit called Akashinga, participates in stealth and concealment training in the Phundundu Wildlife park, Zimbabwe. Akashinga comprises women from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering them, offering jobs, and helping local people to benefit directly from the preservation of wildlife.

World Press Photo Story of the Year 2019

Spot News

"The Migrant Caravan"

Photographer: Pieter Ten Hoopen (Agence Vu, Civilian Act)

During October and November, thousands of Central American migrants joined a caravan heading to the United States border. Migrant caravans travel to the US border at different times each year, and this was the largest caravan in recent memory with as many as 7,000 travelers, including at least 2,300 children according to UN agencies.

During their journey, conditions for the caravan were grueling, with people walking around 30 km a day, often in temperatures above 30℃.

Left: People run to a truck that has stopped to give them a ride outside Tapanatepec, Mexico on October 30th.

Top right: Migrants board a truck offering a life on the outskirts of Tapanatepec on October 29th.

Below: A father and son sleep after a long day’s walking in Juchitan, Mexico.

Many photojournalists want to bring about change in the world and alter the minds and hearts of people with their photography.

The World Press Photo Exhibition brings our attention to the current state of the world, and reveals its continuing disputes and unceasing violence through powerful messages and images.

These days everyone is able to access information about the world due to the widespread use of smartphones and social media. We are in an era of change, therefore it is critical that we deliberately seek out authentic journalism and news in order to not be deceived by the excess of misleading and inaccurate information.

And finally, it is absolutely necessary that we strive to comprehend today's continually changing world, and then report our findings to the people around us.

World press photo Exhibition in APU

In Fall 2000, the World Press Exhibition was held in APU for the first time as one of the school’s inaugural events. The exhibit was held again at APU in 2003, and has been held every year at APU since then. In total, 36,000 visitors have come to see the World Press Exhibition at APU, and the campus has proven to be the only venue to draw so many visitors from different regions of Kyushu.

The exhibition is a way for APU to give students and visitors alike an opportunity to experience highly educational and unique perspectives from beyond their borders.