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World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 -
Sunday, 28 July 2019


Smith & Caughey's


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The best in photo journalism from across the world returns to Auckland once again in the prestigious World Press Photo Exhibition at Auckland’s Smith and Caughey’s Level 6 Gallery Space, Queen Street from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 28th July 2019 thanks to the Rotary Club of Auckland. The winners of the highly acclaimed contest were announced last week in Amsterdam.

Taking out the overall award of World Press Photo of the Year was ‘Crying Girl on the Border’ by photographer John Moore, who is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. Moore’s photograph, which also won First Prize in the Spot News category, shows Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in Texas, USA on 12 June 2018. The pair had travelled for a month through Central America and Mexico before reaching the US to seek asylum.

The Trump Administration had announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy at the border under which immigrants caught entering the US could be criminally prosecuted. As a result, many apprehended parents were separated from their children, and often sent to different detention facilities. After this picture was published worldwide, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Yanela and her mother had not been among the thousands who had been separated by US officials. Nevertheless, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on 20 June.

In 2019 a new award has been added to the contest – The World Press Photo Story of the Year. This category celebrates the photographer whose visual creativity captures an event or issue of great journalistic importance. Pieter Ten Hoopen has taken home this inaugural award with ‘The Migrant Caravan’. The series documents a migrant caravan with as many as 7,000 travellers, including at least 2,300 children, who were a mix of those facing political repression and violence, and those fleeing harsh economic conditions. The caravan, assembled through a grassroots social media campaign, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 12 October, and as word spread drew people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The World Press Photo Contest recognises the unbelievable talent of professional photographers and honours the best pictures which have contributed to visual journalism over the past year. The 2019 World Press Photo Contest drew thousands of photographers 4,738 from 129 of countries across the globe, with an astonishing submission of 78,801 images.



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