World Press Photo Awards 2017
Since it was founded in 1955 the World Press Photo Foundation‘s annual award scheme has had tremendous impact. Each winning photo has become an important reminder of what was happening in the world at that time, and seeing them all gathered together at last year’s exhibition in Amsterdam, it’s striking how many of them still stir strong emotions, years and even decades after they were taken.
These photos have found their way into our shared collective memory. They appear in school text books, top Google’s image search and are reshown across all manner of pop culture touchpoints from TV and films to magazines and websites. They provide us with a comprehensive background on the state of our world, year in and out.
And this context is important. In an era increasingly dominated by click-bait headlines, quick tweets and snapshot pictures, photojournalism helps us sift through the visual noise and consider what is truly significant.
It has the power to raise our awareness about events happening outside of our familiar bubble, the strength to bring people together to fight for a shared cause, and the ability to put a spotlight on otherwise untold yet incredibly important stories.
And so we are proud to share some of the amazing stories of this year’s World Press Photo Awards. You can click the photographs below to read, in the photographers’ own words, the background to their pictures.
Click here to read more: Markus Jokela: Table Rock, Nebraska
Click here to read more: Ami Vitale: Pandas Gone Wild
Click here to read more: Tomas Munita: Cuba On the Edge of Change
Click here to read more: Antonio Gibotta: Enfarinat
Click here to read more: Jaime Rojo: Monarchs in the Snow