Viewing journalistic photo works at World Press Photo Exhibition

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Viewers looking at a winning photo in World Press Photo Competition by Kevin Frayer which depict a group of Rohinga sanctuary seekers. (photo: IO/Aldo)

IO, Jakarta – Erasmus Huis collabo­rated with Jakarta Bentara Budaya to hold a Photography Exhibition en­titled ‘World Press Photo’. In the exhi­bition the exhibition featured works from photographers all over the world who had been selected as winners of the ‘The 2018 World Press Photo Con­test’ competition. There were 42 pho­tographers from 22 countries whose work was exhibited, including Aus­tralia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Nor­way, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Venezuela. Of all these numbers, 15 of them have won World Press Photo in previous years and 27 others have received appreciation in this competition for the first time.

World Press Photo is a very pres­tigious jour nalistic photography competition. This year there were 4. 548 photographers who sent their work, and the number of images re­ceived by the committee was record­ed at 73,044 from 125 countries. The judges consisted of profession­al photo journalism activists and chaired by Magdalena Herrera had their selection in Amsterdam so that the winners of the 8 categories were contested.hese categories include Nature (Nature), Environment (Environment), Human (People), Sports (Sports), Gen­eral News (General News), Contem­porary Issues (Contemporary Issues), Long-Term Projects, and Actual News (Spot News).

None of the Indonesian photog­raphers works were included in the ‘World Press Photo of the Year’ nom­inations, yet, Indonesia’s face still emblazoned the prestigious photo­journalism event.

“Although, there were no photos by Indonesian photographers, but, there is a photo of Indonesia on dis­play here,” said the World Press Pho­to Exhibition Curator, Carla Vlaun, (5/9/2018). The photo referred to by Carla is a series of photographs by a Belgian photographer, Alain Schroed­er, which tells about the tradition of Maen Jaran horse racing on Sumba­wa Island.

Carla said, the photo was awarded the first winner for the sports story category in the ‘World Press Photo of the Year’ event.

“This photo tells about the sports side of the Maen Jaran tradition,” Carla said. Maen Jaran is a tradition where Sumbawa children race to race horses as a form of celebration of har­vest.

The photos that won the compe­tition are planned to be exhibited in 100 different locations in 45 coun­tries and published in a multi-lan­guage book. The first World Press Photo exhibition for this year has taken place in De Nieuwe Kerk, Am­sterdam on April 14, 2018. The com­petition is organized by The World Press Photo Foundation which has a mission to connect the world through a series of stories contained in a pho­tographic work.

This institution itself was formed in 1955 by Dutch photographers and regularly organizes competitions as an effort to expand photographic work for an international audience that brings together professional pho­tographers with the public through photojournalism and reliable sto­rytelling. World Press Photo which is based in Amsterdam, the Nether­lands has the support of Dutch Post­code Lottery and foreign sponsors by Canon.

In order to better understand this exhibition, there will also be a dis­cussion about the important role of photojournalism in recording actual events that occur in various parts of the world. The discussion was titled “Reading the Winning Works of the World Press Photo Contest” which will be held on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 at 14.00 WIB at Bentara Bu­daya Jakarta. This photo exhibition itself has been opened to the pub­lic from September 6-26 2018 from 10.00-18.00 WIB. (Aldo)