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2018 World Press Photo Exhibition at CCCB  

Written by Laura

¨We don´t live in a very nice world right now, do we?¨ overheard from visitors at the CCCB exhibition / Photo by Laura Place

Throughout this past month, photo galleries worldwide have been showcasing the best of the best in photography and photojournalism with the 2018 World Press Photo Exhibition, featuring distinguished accomplishments in cultural, environmental and political photography from all over the world. Between April 28 and May 27, this exhibition, put on by the foundation Photographic Social Vision, is available at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).

World Press Photo honors exceptional photos, news stories and video projects from the past year, with awards for categories such as Photo of the Year, Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports, and Spot News. The World Press Photo Exhibition features the winning and nominated photos in each category, which come from Venezuela, the United States, Australia and North Korea, to name a few. This year’s exhibition honors Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt´s Venezuela Crisis as Photo of the Year.

Ronaldo Schemidt´s Venezuela Crisis was awarded Photo of the Year / Ronaldo Schemidt / photo via World Press Photo. © Ronaldo Schemidt

Many of the photos you can see in the exhibition capture key moments of emotion, tension and pain around the world from the past year, and Schmidt´s Venezuela Crisis is no exception. It shows a young man in a gas mask, aflame, mid-run during a violent clash resulting from tensions between the Venezuelan National Guard and protestors on May 3, 2017, after President Maduro´s announcement of plans to revise the democratic system elicited rage and opposition. This year’s other award winners also depict striking scenes from the October shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Rohingya refugee crisis in September, and the June trial following the 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota.

Through these photojournalistic works, you´ll learn about an invasive species of strangely large mice that hunt albatrosses in South Africa, the custom of breast ironing performed on young adolescent girls in Cameroon, a baffling medical condition affecting refugees in Sweden, and the culture of gender reassignment surgery in Thailand. These projects tell a diverse range of stories that show just how much there is to be learned about our world: about foreign politics, the environment, cultural customs and their values within communities, the crises that go unmentioned in traditional news.

Anna Boyiazis´s Finding Freedom in the Water is featured in the People category of the exhibition / photo of Anna Boyiazis´ work by Laura Place. © Anna Boyiazis

This amazing exhibition ends soon, so get your tickets while you can! The exhibition is at CCCB (located at Carrer de Montalegre, 5) and is open on Tuesdays through Sundays until the 28th of May, with tickets costing between 4-6€. You can also request a guided tour through the exhibition to hear more about each of the photos, or visit the World Press Photo website to read more about this years´s winners.  

About the author



American journalist living temporarily in Spain. Her passions include news and feature writing, Spanish language and culture and the outdoors.

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