World Press Photo Exhibition 2022

Africa Open Format. Photo by Ehab Eldalil

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 is on show in De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam until 14 August 2022. This edition was opened by alderman Touria Meliani (art and culture), Bram Janssen, winner in the category Stories – Asia, Annabelle Birnie (director of De Nieuwe Kerk) and Joumana El Zein Khoury (director World Press Photo). Alderman Meliani said: “Amsterdam once again shows the best photojournalism and documentary photography to the world. They are not just photos. It’s stories that matter.”

The exhibition is the premiere of the annual exhibition of the international press photography competition, which will go on a world tour and will visit at least 65 cities in 25 countries. The World Press Photo of the Year is ‘Kamloops Residential School’ by Amber Bracken. The winning photo shows children’s clothing hung from crosses, in memory of the children who died at the Catholic boarding school in Kamloops, Canada. This year’s World Press Photo Story of the Year was won by Matthew Abbott with ‘Saving Forests with Fire’. The story shows the Australian community of Nawarddekken using ancient techniques to fight forest fires. Other winners were Lalo de Almeida (World Press Photo Long-Term Project Award) and Isadora Romero (World Press Photo Open Format Award). Dutch photographer Bram Janssen was awarded for the series ‘The Cinema of Kabul’, winner in the Stories category for the Asia region.

New presentation World Press Photo Exhibition
The exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk has been renewed, in line with the new regional strategy of the World Press Photo Foundation. This year’s competition was divided into six regions (Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Europe, North America and South America) and four new categories were established: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects and Open Format. The exhibition shows the work of 24 photographers from all six regions who distinguished themselves with their entries. A total of 127 photos are on display in De Nieuwe Kerk. The photos are shown in different formats and presented in various new themes, such as news, people power, portraits and the environment.

The rich history of the World Press Photo Foundation has a special place in the heart of the church, where the current status of international press freedom is highlighted. Visitors can reflect here on the importance of a free press. The chapels focus on more specific topics, such as fake news and the war in Ukraine. The photographers themselves explain the images in the audio tour.


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