World Press Photo Contest winners on show at NSW State Library

Tuesday 22 May 2018

See the world’s best photojournalism from 2017 when the annual World Press Photo exhibition opens at the State Library of NSW from Saturday 26 May 2018.

The highly anticipated exhibition will feature over 150 powerful and evocative images and photo stories, selected from 73,044 entries by 4,548 photographers from 125 different countries.

Australian photographers Patrick Brown (based in Thailand) and Adam Ferguson (based in New York) are among this year’s winners.  

The coveted Photo of the Year was awarded to Ronaldo Schemidt’s arresting picture of José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) on fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolás Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. The image was captured on 3 May 2017 while protesters (many wearing hoods, masks or gas masks) lit fires and hurled stones. Salazar survived the incident with first‐   and second‐degree burns.

On selecting the winning image, chair of the World Press Photo jury Magdalena Herrera said: "The photo of the year has to tell an event, that is important enough, it also has to bring questions...it has to engage and has to show a point of view on what happened in the world this year."

State Librarian John Vallance describes World Press Photo as "one of the most confronting, challenging and important exhibitions of the Sydney year. Not to be missed."

"We’re extending our opening hours to 8pm from Monday to Thursday, so that as many people as possible have a chance to see it," Dr Vallance said.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 18 is on show until 24 June at the State Library of NSW, corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place. Free entry.

Please note: The State Library’s major new galleries will open on 6 October 2018.

 

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