With winners drawn in 8 categories from 5,692 photographers in 131 countries, the exhibition provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s best photojournalism of recent months.
The full range of categories includes: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, portraits, sports and spot news.
Second Prize: general news category © Massimo Sestini (Italy)
Photos from the opening night of the World Press Photo exhibit at Brisbane Powerhouse.
The prestigious World Press Photo Of The Year went to Dane Mads Nissen, for his touching photo of a gay Russian couple in an intimate embrace in St. Petersburg. Sexual minorities face constant legal and social discrimination in Russia, where being a member of the LGBTI community can mean harassment and violence may be a part of everyday life.
Second Prize: daily life/ stories category © Sarker Protick (Bangladesh)
Included in the sports section is a shot of the tragic moment Australian cricketer Philip Hughes lay prone seconds after being struck by the cricket ball which killed him, and a lighter moment is provided by a wonderful shot of a father lifting his infant son high enough to see over a fence to catch some Wimbledon tennis action.
Second Prize: nature category © Ami Vitale (USA)
An introduction from Brisbane Powerhouse’s Chairman, David Conry, an inspiring speech by Australian 1st Prize Winner Raphaela Rosella, and wonderful Mediterranean music by locals Mzaza made for an opening evening of appropriate decorum for an event Brisbane is lucky to host.
Second Prize: long-term project © Kacper Kowalski (Poland)
World Press Photo exhibits at Brisbane Powerhouse until 30 August.