Library hosts World Press Photo Exhibition for 20th year

Our eastern galleries will reopen this Saturday 15 August in time to host the highly anticipated World Press Photo Exhibition 2020, making it the only Australian venue to showcase the world’s best photojournalism from 2019.  

According to State Librarian John Vallance: “Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we were determined to bring one of our most popular exhibitions to Sydney for the 20th year, with the generous support of Canon Australia and, for the first time, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.”  

“We have protective measures in place in all of our galleries, including sanitising stations and a one-way traffic system, to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes through our doors,” says Dr Vallance.   

Conflict, the ongoing effects of climate change and Australia’s recent catastrophic bushfires can be seen among more than 150 powerful and evocative images and photo series captured by 44 professional photographers from 24 countries.  

The coveted Photo of the Year was awarded to Yasuyoshi Chiba's ‘Straight Voice’ which shows a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, reciting protest poetry while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan. Three Australians are among this year's winners: Matthew Abbott, Sean Davey and Adam Ferguson.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 runs from 15 August to 18 October 2020. Entry is free. Please read the special conditions of entry before visiting the Library.

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