Canadian War Museum showcases top international photojournalism in exhibition of award-winning World Press Photo imagesAugust 1, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario, August 1, 2013 — The Canadian War Museum is proud to showcase once again the best in international photojournalism in World Press Photo 13, an exhibition of award-winning images from the prestigious annual World Press Photo contest. The War Museum is the second of five Canadian venues on the exhibition’s international tour.
World Press Photo 13 features more than 150 outstanding images from 2012 that document newsworthy subjects and events around the world, including recent and ongoing conflicts.
“We are delighted to host the World Press Photo exhibition for the sixth year in a row,” said James Whitham, Director General of the CanadianWarMuseum. “The remarkable photographs in this exhibition will give visitors a visual tour of the current global situation and the opportunity to better understand the impact of conflict in the lives of individuals and entire communities.”
Established in the Netherlands in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages high professional standards in photojournalism and promotes a free and unrestricted exchange of information. Its annual exhibition aims to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists.
For this year’s contest, photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all corners of the world submitted an astounding 103,481 images by 5,666 photographers representing 124 nationalities. An international jury of 19 members awarded prizes in nine categories, including Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Nature and Sport.
A free mobile Exhibition Guide for iOS and Android smartphones is available for download on the World Press Photo website at worldpressphoto.org/app. With this guide, users can listen to descriptions of the photos, read photographers’ biographies and learn more about the equipment they used.
World Press Photo 13 is developed and circulated by World Press Photo and is presented at the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
The winning photographs will be on display in the War Museum’s Barney Danson Theatre from August 1 to 28, 2013 with the exception of August 10 and 11. This presentation contains subject matter that some visitors may find disturbing.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions.
A selection of the winning images is available online on the World Press Photo press download area (www.worldpressphoto.org/downloads) or on the FTP site of the Canadian War Museum. Please contact us for further details.
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Canadian War Museum