World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of the annual World Press Photo exhibition, as its only venue in Australia this year.
Until 18 October you can view the world’s best photojournalism from 2019 in our galleries.

Free entry.

PAST EXHIBITIONExhibition
Saturday 15 August 2020 to Sunday 18 October 2020
  1. Today
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  2. Tomorrow
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  3. Friday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  4. Saturday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  5. Sunday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  6. Monday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  7. Tuesday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free

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World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of the annual World Press Photo exhibition, as its only venue in Australia this year. Until 18 October you can view the world’s best photojournalism from 2019 in our galleries.

This is the 20th year the State Library has hosted the exhibition, this time with the generous support of Canon Australia and, for the first time, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

Selected from the prestigious World Press Photo contest, the exhibition features more than 150 powerful and evocative images and photo series captured by professional photographers from across the globe. It covers contemporary issues, the environment, general news, long-term projects, nature, portraits, sports and spot news.

Australian photographers Matthew Abbott (Spot News) and Sean Davey (Contemporary Issues) won second prize in their categories for their coverage of the recent Australian bushfires, and Adam Ferguson (Portraits) won first prize for his portrayal of displaced people from camps in northern Iraq.

View the photography contest

Connecting the world to the stories that matter.... 

The world's best photojournalism from 2019 is selected from the prestigious World Press Photo contest, which started when a group of Dutch photographers organised an international contest in Amsterdam in 1955.

Photograph featuring children playing on a sports field. One wears a face mask. The sky and light are tinged orange with smoke.

Title: Bushfire Evacuation Center
© Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse

Title: Bushfire Evacuation Center © Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse
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Title: Bushfire Evacuation Center
© Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse

A young Sudanese man stand with his hand on his heart, mid sentence. He is surrounded by a crowd holding up their mobile phones to illuminate him.

Title: Straight Voice
© Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse

Title: Straight Voice © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse
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Title: Straight Voice
© Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse

Photograph of  man standing in front of BBQ food vendors in an African market - he stands tall gazing at the camera with hands on hips wearing a long colourful dress, head scarf and makeup.

Title: Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a Drag Artist and Activist
© Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa

Title: Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a Drag Artist and Activist © Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa
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Title: Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a Drag Artist and Activist
© Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa

Title: The Haunted
© Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine

Title: The Haunted © Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine
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Title: The Haunted
© Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine

Photograph of three Japanese men stand arm in arm - they wear sports uniforms and head guards. One drinks from a cup held out to him by an unseen person.

Title: Japan’s Veteran Rugby Players
© Kim Kyung-Hoon, South Korea, Reuters

Title: Japan’s Veteran Rugby Players © Kim Kyung-Hoon, South Korea, Reuters
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Title: Japan’s Veteran Rugby Players
© Kim Kyung-Hoon, South Korea, Reuters

Title: The Tigers Next Door
© Steve Winter, United States, for National Geographic

Title: The Tigers Next Door © Steve Winter, United States, for National Geographic
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Title: The Tigers Next Door
© Steve Winter, United States, for National Geographic

Title: Australia’s Bushfire Crisis
© Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times

Title: Australia’s Bushfire Crisis © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times
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Title: Australia’s Bushfire Crisis
© Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times

Black and white photograph of a crowd of young men standing above a bay, all looking shouting in a single direction. One holds a flag.

Title: Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt
© Romain Laurendeau, France

Title: Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt © Romain Laurendeau, France
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Title: Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt
© Romain Laurendeau, France

The World Press Photo Yearbook for 2020 is available for purchase from the Library Shop.

 

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Q&A with Adam Ferguson

We spoke to the Australian photographer whose photo story has won first prize in the 2020 World Press Photo Contest.

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