This evening I went to see the World Press Photo 2007 Exhibition at the State Library of NSW which featured award-winning photographs from the 50th annual World Press Photo contest.
This year 4460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered 78 083 images in this prestigious competition for press photography. Prizes were awarded in 10 theme categories to 58 photographers of 23 nationalities, including two Australian photographers: Craig Golding and Steve Christo (both from the Sydney Morning Herald) who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the “Sports Action stories” category
Award winners represented the serious side of photo journalism, not paparazzi chasing celebrities but photos of everyday life on the streets, sports, wildlife and grim scenes of death, destruction and devastation from war zones around the world.
Some of the photos I liked were:
- Ben Kennedy, captain of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles rugby league team, after a game against the Wests Tigers.
- Clint Eastwood, at the age of 76 in Burbank, California, on November 30 2006.
- Common buzzards fight over the body of a hare, on the island of Funen in Denmark
- A large flock of starlings flies over a park at sunset, in Algiers in January, looking for a place to roost for the night
- National Geographic Magazine photos of chinstrap penguins on the remote South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
You can view The World Press Photo 2007 Exhibition at the State Library of NSW, Mitchell Galleries from 11 – 31 May 2007.
It will also be displayed in Brisbane from 10 June – 1 July 2007 at the Brisbane Powerhouse and in many other cities around the world
PS don’t judge the photo exhibition by the woefully bad fixed 800×600 resolution design of worldpressphoto.org