The World Press Photo Exhibition 2016 returns to the Royal Festival Hall for the 20th year, from 4 to 21 November 2016.

World Press photo is an annual international competition of press photography, bringing together photos from around the world that have been selected by a prestigious jury, chaired by Francis Kohn, photo director of Agence France-Presse. The competition honours excellence in photojournalism by photographers who capture events of journalistic importance. The prize-winning photos travel as an exhibition to 45 countries and are seen by more than 3.5 million people.

The winning World Press Photo of the Year was this year taken by Australian freelance photographer, Warren Richardson. His photo shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia to Hungary, taken on 28 August 2015. The photo shows a man and child trying to cross the border into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.

Hope for a new life, Warren Richardson

Migrants crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary. Photo: Hope for a New Life, Warren Richardson

Warren Richardson camped with refugees for five days and watched as groups of refugees sent women and children to safety first.

“We played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.” – Warren Richardson, winner of World Press Photo of the Year 2016

World Press Photo was formed in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organised a contest to expose their work to international colleagues. The contest has grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. (Carl Goes Amsterdam interviewee Árpád Gerecsey is the former CEO of World Press Photo).

World Press Photo 2016 is on from Friday 4 to Monday 21 November 2016, on level two of the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The exhibition is free to enter from 10:00 to 23:00 every day.

Website: World Press Photo


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