World Press Photo Exhibition

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© John Stanmeyer, National Geographic

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

© Christopher Vanegas, La Vanguardia / El Guardían

3rd Prize Contemporary Issues Single

Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían

08 March 2013, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Police arrive at a crime scene where two bodies hang from a bridge; another three are on the floor. They had been killed by organized crime in Saltillo, Coahuila, in retaliation against other criminal groups. Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

© Taslima Akhter

3rd Prize Spot News Singles

Taslima Akhter, Bangladesh

25 April 2013 Two victims amid the rubble of the garment factory collapse at Rana Plaza, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

© Julius Schrank, De Volkskrant

1st Prize Daily Life Single

Julius Schrank, Germany, De Volkskrant

15 March 2013, Burma Kachin Independence Army fighters are drinking and celebrating at a funeral of one of their commanders who died the day before. The city is under siege by the Burmese army.

© Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images

1st Prize People – Staged Portraits Single

Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images

25 September 2013, West Bengal India A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today.

© Andrzej Grygiel, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa

2nd Prize Sports Action Single

Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa

24 March 2013, Szczyrk, Poland Competitor at a slalom contest in Szczyrk, Poland.

© Tyler Hicks, The New York Times

2nd Prize Spot News Stories

Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times

21 September 2013, Nairobi, Kenya A woman and children hiding in the Westgate mall. They escaped unharmed after gunmen had opened fire at the upscale Nairobi mall on 21 September 2013. At least 39 people were killed in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history.

Alessandro Penso, OnOff Picture

1st Prize General News Single

Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture

21 November 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria Military Ramp, an emergency refugee center, was opened in September 2013 in an abandoned school in Sofia, Bulgaria. The center provides housing for about 800 Syrian refugees, including 390 children. Bulgaria, already hard hit by the economic crisis and heightened political instability, is confronting a refugee crisis that appears to coincide with increased efforts by Greece to close off its border with Turkey. Bulgaria, however, is totally unprepared to face a refugee crisis.

Egypt, Cairo, 2013. 'Mothers and sons.'. Aïd and his mother. Denis Dailleux / Agence VU
© Carla Kogelman

Celebrating powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing photojournalism, the annual World Press Photo competition draws entries from all over the world. This year 5,754 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. Emiliano Lasalvia’s picture captures the moment Pablo Mac Donough of the Dolfina team fell from his horse during the Argentine Open polo tournament in Buenos Aires in December last year. Goran Tomasevic’s gritty (in every sense) black-and-white shot, taken in January 2013, shows Syrian rebel fighters amid flying debris and shrapnel from a tank shell fired by the Syrian Army in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. Brent Stirton’s photograph depicts a group of blind albino boys in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school in West Bengal, India, one of the few schools for the blind in India today. The focus and scope of this free show – from the political to the personal – makes it an essential 140-frame snapshot of the moment we live in.

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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.

R ellert

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.


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).