Parliament showcases best in global photojournalism


Usain Bolt crossing the finish line at the 2016 Rio Olympics; a woman standing her ground at a rally against police violence against black men in Louisiana; and a carpet of monarch butterflies covering the forest floor at a butterfly sanctuary in Mexico, are three powerful images set to feature in a free exhibition, on display at the Scottish Parliament this August.A woman views images during the launch of the World Press Photo 2017 exhibition.

The World Press Photo exhibition showcases over 140 of the most moving, challenging and thought provoking examples of photojournalism from across the world, taken over the course of 2016. 

The worldwide touring exhibition of award-winning photos will once again come to the Scottish Parliament from Friday 4 August – Saturday 26 August 2017, and entry is free.

The photo contest attracted entries from over 5,000 photographers from 125 countries, telling contemporary stories from categories including Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, People, Sports, Nature and Long Term Projects.

Announcing the exhibition, Deputy Presiding Officer, Christine Grahame MSP, said:

“Even for those of us who keep up to date with the news, this outstanding exhibition highlights photojournalism’s power to tell poignant, complex and inspiring stories that influence how we see and understand the world.

“More than ever in this age of social media, photojournalism brings us stories faster and with greater impact than any other medium. This year is no different, with breath-taking images running the gamut from the iconic to the deeply personal.

“We are once again very proud that the Parliament is the only location in Scotland holding this year’s exhibition and the only Parliament to do so worldwide.  World Press Photo has previously attracted visitors to the Parliament in their tens of thousands, and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to Holyrood this August to take in world photojournalism at its very best.”


World Press Photo 2017

Friday 4 August – Saturday 26 August 2017 (closed Sundays). Entry is FREE.

World Press Photo Foundation is run as an independent, non-profit organisation with its office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.  World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide.  The organisers strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photojournalists and create greater visibility for press photography.  They passionately believe in the power of visual journalism to tell moving and inspiring stories that shape us all, every day.  Around 5000 photographers submitted more than 80.000 pictures across 126 countries in a truly global event to be judged by an independent jury of experts in their field.

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