World Press Photo Exhibition

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 (Massimo Sestini, Italy)
Massimo Sestini, Italy

Shipwrecked people are rescued aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy. After hundreds of men, women and children had drowned in 2013 off the coast of Sicily and Malta, the Italian government put its navy to work under a campaign called “Mare Nostrum” rescuing refugees at sea. Only in 2014, 170,081 people were rescued and taken to Italy.

 (Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency)
Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency

Damaged goods lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Ordinary workers, miners, teachers, pensioners, children, and elderly women and men are in the midst of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Artillery fire killed three people and wounded 10 on 26 August 2014.

 (Al Bello, USA, Getty Images)
Al Bello, USA, Getty Images

Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

 (Ami Vitale, USA)
Ami Vitale, USA

A group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists literally in their own backyard.

 (Pete Muller, USA, Prime for National Geographic / The Washington Post)
Pete Muller, USA, Prime for National Geographic / The Washington Post

Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center work to escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped. In a state of confusion, he emerged from the isolation ward and attempted to escape over the back wall of the complex before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man pictured here died shortly after this picture was taken.

 (Bao Tailiang, China, Chengdu Economic Daily)
Bao Tailiang, China, Chengdu Economic Daily

Argentina player Lionel Messi comes to face the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium. His team lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time.

 (Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures)
Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures

Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

 (Yongzhi Chu, China)
Yongzhi Chu, China

A monkey being trained for circus cowers as its trainer approaches. With more than 300 roupes, Suzhou is known as the home of the Chinese circus.

 (Glenna Gordon, USA, for Time / The Wall Street Journal )
Glenna Gordon, USA, for Time / The Wall Street Journal

School uniforms belonging to three of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls.

 (Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi)
Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi

Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being.

 (Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF)
Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF

Igor hands out chocolates to a classmate to celebrate his ninth birthday. When he and his twin brother Arthur were two years old, their mother traveled to Moscow to work in the construction field and later died. They have no father. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young children.

 (Sarker Protick, Bangladesh)
Sarker Protick, Bangladesh

John wears his grandson’s bowler hat

 (Ronghui Chen, China, City Express)
Ronghui Chen, China, City Express

Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air. He wears six masks a day and the hat protects his hair from the red dust, which covers workers from head to toe like soot after several hours of work.

 (Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Panos Pictures)
Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Panos Pictures

Kacper Kowalski is a pilot and a photographer. Side Effects is a documentary project about the complex relationship between humans and nature. The photos were shot either from a paraglider or a gyroplane, some 150 meters above the ground, mainly in the area around Gdynia, in Poland, where Kowalski lives. In this work, Kowalski explores answers to questions that deeply interest him: What is the natural environment for humans? Is it an untouched, virgin landscape? Or is it a landscape that has changed, adapted to human needs?

 (Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine )
Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine

Students in a schoolyard.

 (Darcy Padilla, USA, Agence Vu)
Darcy Padilla, USA, Agence Vu

Family Love 1993-2014 – The Julie Project

 (Jérôme Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for De Standaard)
Jérôme Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for De Standaard

A protester calls for medical aid for a comrade shot dead.

 (Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse)
Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse

A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests.

Celebrating powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing photojournalism, the annual World Press Photo competition draws entries from all over the world. This year 5,963 photographers representing more than 130 different nationalities submitted not far short of 100,000 images. The resulting exhibition of 140 winning and shortlisted shots is shown in 45 countries, with the London leg of the tour taking place at the Royal Festival Hall. The sumbmissions cover a kaleidoscopic subject matter; the often haunting images cover everything from homophobia in Russia to the ebola crisis. The focus and scope of this free show – from the political to the personal – makes it an essential snapshot of the moment we live in.

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Sareta P

Every year this exhibition has the ability to touch, chill and challenge you. There are some lighter moments, but given it's reflecting the world we live in, a lot of the content is bleak. Some photos you might have seen in the press whereas some stories you may not even be aware of. I've visited twice - once on a Sunday afternoon and it was too busy to move, let alone see the photos that well as the exhibition is really badly laid out - they could have spread it out a lot more. My second visit on a Monday night was much quieter so I recommend going through the week if possible!

Charlotte M

The Photographs are really touching and visually stunning! And with the given background informatin even more. The World Press Photo of the Year Exhibition presents a wide choice of different topics such as nature, sport, political events etc.
Yet is the organisation of the exhibition very confusing and unorganized. For example is the whole exhibition separated into two parts. In conclution it seems to me that the exhibition is a bit misplaced in such a vast space as the Royal Festival Hall.
Nevertheless is the quality and the storys of the picturs are breathtaking and over all a visit worth.

Anne C

Vibrant exhibition covering the major events of the last year. The exhibition was smaller than I expected and the presentation quite confusing.

However that didn’t disturbed the quality of the photographs and allow me to take side of the emotional story the photographs spread. The display variety of topics is also interesting such as portraits, sport actions, dramatic stories or lyrical nature photographs. In a world saturated by media, this exhibition reveal the power and importance of photojournalism.

fay c

These award-winning photos are so emotionally breathtaking in both good and bad ways. The stories behind them are stunning as well, some are very beautiful but be warned that some are extremely heartbreaking. Additionally if you are interested in photography you may download their application to get the specific information about how these photos were taken such as focal length, ISO, or shutter speed. These details might be useful for practicing one day.

However, the space management of the exhibition is quite confusing. The display area of the foyer space is divided into 2 sections which are on the left and right hand side of the café on the second floor of the Royal Festival Hall. It’s so hard to decide where the exhibition starts or ends and makes the event looks less official for me.

Panin A

It's an interesting exhibition even if you are interested in photographs or not. Most of photographs tell unfortunate or bad events around the world. Every single picture is meaningfully taken, some are breathtaking, some are heartbreaking which is like a caution to us.

The exhibition is divided into 2 well-arranged large sections. The same kinds of incidents are placed in same area so audiences will easily get into their story. The only criticizer for this display is quantity of photos which is a bit too small.

Anyway this exhibition is very inspiring and definitely worth a visit make sure you spare some time for this one!

Sako O

It was a great opportunity to see the impressive photographs of the world. Some were shocking and heart aching, others were happy and powerful. They have each stories and the critical moment.

The exhibition was considerably smaller than I expected so I felt like seeing more. The photos were separated into two booths and displayed thematically. So I was able to look around and understand all of them smoothly but the space for photos and visitors was a little narrow.

But on the whole, those photos encouraged me to do something for the world. I hope other visitors also have the same feelings and I believe people can change the world.

Muk K

Another great exhibition in London at South Bank Centre! each to reach the place by tube ( Waterloo and Embankment station) For those who interested in photograph I would recommend this one.

I would say that all picture are full of emotion and power capture in the right time and right moment, that why they won the prize. The exhibition is quite smaller than i thought, I'm expect to see a thousand of picture from around the world. 


Nice collection of good images of photographers. It is interesting to visit again.

Carol Brown

Fantastic...the photographics gave a powerful insight in the lifes of everyday people around the world, the hopes and despire of the people photographed was so humbling, the description of the photo's was consise and conveyed the emotion of the photo's...a very memorable exhibition.

Paulina Villa

Strong images generating strong emotions. We live in a hectic world, always rushing to places, barely looking at other people at the tube, not taking a moment to even think about what the person next to you might be going through. Standing in front of those photographs showcased in the galleries of SounthBank Center wakes you into reality, it's like jumping into cold water. Suddenly, you are reminded that there is a world out there that goes beyond your issues. We watch movies, we hear and read about these controversial themes, but we don't actually understand the meaning of it until its presented to us so vividly. The featured journalists have once again done a magnificent job this year. It's a harsh but rather fascinating way to see and sensitize oneself on the world that's out there.

J Stone

Another great year of entries and photographs. Sad to see however that happy and positive photographs dont seem to make it into the top entries as all the sad and negative news seem to have the main stage. Definitely worth seeing though.


I saw the exhibition last year with a friend and both were absolutely gripped by the images, the description and the emotions they gave generated in us. I absolutely recommend it to anyone over 14 (some images can be strong, portraying war, drug dependency and /or prostitution).

R ellert
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I think this is purely political imagery. Why not show something that is less political or contraversal ? Images of rocket damage in Israel from Hammas attacks? Pity this opportunity is being hijacked for the wrong reason.