World Press Photo exhibition returns to Singapore at the National Museum for 2016 edition

Members of the public looking at the award-winning photographs at the World Press Photo 2015 exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore on Jan 28, 2016.
Members of the public looking at the award-winning photographs at the World Press Photo 2015 exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore on Jan 28, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

Capturing imagination. Changing lives. The World Press Photo exhibition, billed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from March 3 to March 26, 2017. 

Presented by The Straits Times, this exhibition brings together 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant, and sometimes provocative press images from around the world. 

Exhibition

March 3 - March 26
National Museum of Singapore level 1 and basement 1, 93 Stamford Road
10am - 7pm daily
Guided Tour: Saturday 10am & 12.30pm, Sunday 12.30pm
(Limited to 20 people a session)
Admission: Free

PANEL DISCUSSION 

Friday, March 3, 6.30pm
Topic: Photojournalism in the age of new media
Social media has become part of our lives. With a deluge of pictures out there, how has it impacted what photographers do and how they work?
How do people react to it and what effect does it have on photojournalism? How can photographers help people to differentiate between fact and fiction in visuals? 

Panellists: Warren Richardson, Kazuma Obara, Yumi Goto
Moderated by Neo Xiaobin

TALKS

Saturday, March 4
11am: Covering the refugee and migrant crisis by Warren Richardson

Warren Richardson started covering the migrant crisis when migrants from the Middle East first started coming to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Since then, he has photographed migrants in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece and Macedonia.
He says that we are now in the middle of a historical moment, a modern exodus which has been reshaping our society. Through his pictures, he wants to show the harsh struggle of people who are fleeing war or economical difficulties.
While covering the migrants' journey, he is always staying with them, so he personally experiences what they experience. 
During his talk, he is going to telling you some stories - some are shocking, some are heartbreaking. Through these stories, the nature of his field work will be revealed. He will also talking about the circumstances he was in when making the winning picture.

1pm: How to Reveal Invisible People/ Time/ Space and Pain with Visual Storytelling by Kazuma Obara 

Japanese photojournalist Obara attempts to reveal invisible people/time/space / pain through visual storytelling. In his talk, he shares some ideas and talks about his experience. 

In his first photographic work at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident, he dressed up in a white protective suite just like how a worker at the plant would, and enters the plant unauthorised. At that time, the Tokyo Electricity Power Company and Japanese government had prohibited any access to the media, and had controlled all information regarding the accident. 

In his WPP award-winning project “Exposure”, he made images of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with old, contaminated film. In every work, he attempts to visualise the subjects' invisible pain, with care and empathy. 

Sunday, March 12
11am: A Photojournalist's Life: The Good, The Bad and The Not So Ugly by Mark Cheong and Caroline Chia

Sunday, March 19
11am: Keeping it Local: Looking for newsworthy stories by Neo Xiaobin

Everyone has a story to tell and every story has its message. As a visual storyteller, Xiaobin wants to tell the stories of everyday people in the way she knows best - through still and moving images.

A story told well, expands our awareness of what is happening around us. Good stories can be found in our own backyard and Xiaobin shares some of these stories about our community that have been produced by The Straits Times picture desk in the past year. 

Saturday, March 25
11am: Covering the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil by Kevin Lim.

To register, go to: https://eventreg.asiaone.com/register/wpp