Amsterdam - World Press Photo
Since the first World Press Photo contest in 1955, a lot has changed for this Amsterdam based organization.
The World Press Photo contest was first held as a stimulant for Dutch photojournalists to get in touch with the work of their international colleagues.
Almost every year since there has been a contest and a winning image. Some of the photos have become iconic - a naked girl running after a napalm attack in Vietnam (Nick Ut, 1972); a Buddhist monk who has set himself alight (Malcolm W. Browne, 1963); a sole demonstrator standing in front of tanks on Tiananmen Square (Charlie Cole, 1989) or the Afghan girl with the amazing blue/green eyes peering into the camera (Steve McCurry, 1985). Others have set trends, establishing styles of press photography that can be seen re-emerging in years to come and a lot of them have caused debates and/or political controversy.
In 1960 the foundation was established, which forms the basis of today’s organization. During the 1970’s and 1980’s the exhibition grew steadily, in numbers of entrants and in prestige. Nowadays World Press Photo is the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Prize-winning photographs are assembled into a traveling exhibition that is visited by over two million people in some 45 countries worldwide. A yearbook presenting all prize-winning entries is published annually in six languages.
In Amsterdam the World Press Photo exhibition is shown annualy in April - June in the Oude Kerk (Old Church - erected around 1300, situated in the heart of the Red Light District). The Old Church is a perfect exhibition space for an exhibition like the World Press Photo, because of its simplicity and history.
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