World Press Photo Exhibition 2014Exhibitions / Amsterdam
18 April 2014 - 22 June, 10am - 5pm
World Press Photo Contest
The World Press Photo contest is a leader in the field of visual journalism and has helped raise the standard of photojournalistic quality for over 55 years.
Acknowledging the power of journalistic photography as a medium, the World Press Photo contest acts as a bridge between photojournalists and the wider public, allowing the images to tell their stories while giving viewers an opportunity to reflect on the realities of other individuals, societies and events.
Participants submit photographs to be judged in the categories of contemporary issues, observed portraits, daily life, sports, general news, spot news, nature and staged portraits.
Judged by an international jury of experts who convene in Amsterdam for two weeks, winning photographs are selected for each category and a single Photo of the Year is chosen for the top prize.
At the culmination of the contest, a yearlong, international exhibition is created to display the winners in each category and to allow the public in more than 100 cities in 45 countries to see the powerful images.
World Press Photo Exhibition 2014
For the 2014 contest, more than 98.000 pictures were submitted by over 5.500 photographers of more than 130 nationalities.
"Signal", John Stanmeyer, 1st Prize Singles, Contemporary Issues, World Press Photo of the Year 2014
"Final Embrace", Taslima Akhter, 3rd Prize Singles, Spot News
"Bomb Maker in Aleppo", Moises Saman, 2nd Prize Singles, General News
The Photo of the Year was awarded to American photographer John Stanmeyer for his work Signal, which shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City holding mobile phones in the air trying to get a wireless signal from neighbouring Somalia.
Illuminated by the moon and the glow of their screens, the photograph speaks to the complex nature of contemporary migration and the struggle of those seeking new lives while trying to maintain familial ties.
Along with the Photo of the Year, the winners in all nine categories will be featured in the exhibition that begins in Amsterdam on April 18 before travelling around the world.