The world’s most powerful images to go on show at the Parliament

28.06.2016

A free exhibition featuring the best examples of photojournalism from across the globe opens tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Scottish Parliament.

The World Press Photo exhibition showcases some of the most moving and thought provoking images taken over the course of 2015.  It will be on display at Holyrood from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 23 July, entry is free.

2016 World Press Photo winning photographer, Warren Richardson, today joined the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, at Holyrood for the exhibition launch.

The migrant crisis features heavily in this year’s exhibition and is the subject of Richardson’s winning photograph, which shows a Syrian refugee passing his baby through razor wire on the border between Serbia and Hungary.

Alongside some of the major global news stories of 2015, the exhibition touches upon themes ranging from nature, sport, to culture and people.

The Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, said:

“Warren Richardson’s evocative winning photograph addresses the major story of 2015 and you cannot fail to be moved by his image of a Syrian refugee passing his baby through razor wire on the border between Serbia and Hungary.

“This and many more striking images capturing global news as well as nature, sport and culture from 2015 will be on display at Holyrood this summer.

“The Parliament is the only venue in Scotland to host World Press Photo - a must see exhibition for anyone interested in world affairs, photo journalism and big stories of 2015.”

Babette Warendorf, World Press Photo’s Project Manager of exhibitions said:

"The World Press Photo exhibition puts a spotlight on notable moments from the past year's news agenda, as well as those less reported.

“The work of some of the world's best photojournalists will be moving to many, but also inspiring. Stories of refugees and the recurring theme of man versus nature open up conversations about global issues that continue to engage and provoke."

Background

World Press Photo Exhibition 2016
Now in its 59th year, the annual World Press Photo Contest is the world’s leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession.  The judging is conducted at the World Press Photo office, in The Netherlands.

The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 5,775 photographers from 128 countries participating this year with 82,951 pictures submitted.

The jury selected an image by Australian photographer Warren Richardson as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015.  The picture shows shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary). Taken at night on 28 August 2015, this man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.

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