June 12, 2012

10 reasons to check out World Press Photo

Over the weekend we checked out the World Press Photo exhibition at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. The aim of this foundation is to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism. The exhibition highlights some of the best news and documentary photographs of 2011. World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide and strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information. I went for the first time last year and I'd definitely suggest you check out the 2012 exhibition tour. These are 10 of my favourite photographs - they evoked some serious questions (and tears), strengthening the age old belief that a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure to check out the World Press Photo website and have a paroozle.

Tsunami Aftermath, Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan

On Revolution Road- Rebels battle for Ras Lanuf, an oil-refining town on the Libyan coast, on 11 March

A woman enters a trance state, in the waters of the Saut d’Eau falls. Every year from 14 to 16 July, pilgrims gather to beat drums, dance, invoke spirits, and wash themselves in the purifying waters of the Saut d’Eau sacred waterfall, in Mirebalais, Haiti.

World Press Photo of the Year 2012 - Fatima al-Qaws cradles her son Zayed (18), who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in a street demonstration, in Sanaa, Yemen, on 15 October.

Saving the desperate bride - A young woman in a wedding gown is grabbed by a local community officer, as she tries to commit suicide in Changchun, Jilin province, China.

Competitors swim over a school of fish at the start of the mass swim, part of the Ironman World Championship, at Kailua Bay in Kona, Hawaii

Sister Melianise Gabreus presents her popular, daily life-advice program on Radio Men Kontre, in Haiti. More than 50 percent of Haitians are illiterate, and only 25 percent have regular access to electricity, which means that battery-operated radios, rather than newspapers, television, or the internet, are the country’s main medium.
Divers practice during the second day of the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships, in Shanghai, China, in July.

Marcos and Monica were married for 65 years and, for much of that time, lived in the same apartment in Buenos Aires. In 2007, aged 84, Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Marcos looked after her himself, coping with the emotional and physical stress of being a caregiver.

A young Wagenya girl catches fish using an age-old method, diving into rapids on the Congo River with a net, and holding her catch in her mouth, as that is most certain to prevent its escape. 

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