World Press Photo event kicks off today

The exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore showcases 13 of ST's best pieces of photojournalistic work from last year, as well as 145 winning images from the prestigious World Press Photo 2015 contest.
The exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore showcases 13 of ST's best pieces of photojournalistic work from last year, as well as 145 winning images from the prestigious World Press Photo 2015 contest.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Visitors can attend talks and participate in panel discussions with award winners

It was a moment frozen in time, taken before an operation that changed their lives completely.

Little Jeremy Guo, stomach bloated and yellow-hued from liver disease, lay in his cot as his father Guo Yang, 35, gently touched their foreheads together, before the transplant that would replace his son's damaged liver with a healthy slice from his own.

Yesterday, Mr Guo, an IT engineer, revisited that intimate exchange from last August that was captured in a photograph by Straits Times (ST) photojournalist Wang Hui Fen, at the World Press Photo exhibition.

It showcases 13 of ST's best pieces of photojournalistic work from last year, as well as 145 winning images from the prestigious World Press Photo 2015 contest.

The event, which kicks off today, was officially launched by Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, yesterday evening at the National Museum of Singapore, the event's official supporter.

  • Discussions, talks and tours

  • Jan 29 - Feb 21

    • National Museum of Singapore,The Concourse (Level 1) and The Canyon (Basement 1)

    • 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

    • Open daily, 10am - 7pm

    • Free admission

    Guided tours

    • Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 2pm (Limited to 20 people for each session, registration on site)

    Panel discussion and talks

    • Admission is free but pre-registration is required

    Panel discussion

    • Topic: Photojournalism: New era, new forms, new ethics?

    • Friday, Jan 29, 7pm

    • Panellists: Sim Chi Yin, Sarker Protick, Pete Muller

    • Moderated by Desmond Lim

    Talks

    • Saturday, Jan 30, 10am: Ground Up: Telling stories from the grassroots by Sim Chi Yin

    • Saturday, Jan 30, 12pm: Men, Masculinity and Violence: A case study in eastern Congo by Pete Muller

    • Saturday, Jan 30, 2pm: Approach& Engagement by Sarker Protick

    Saturday, Feb 6, 11am:

    • Shooting Singapore by Desmond Lim

    • Sea, Air, and Land by Alphonsus Chern

    Sunday, Feb 14, 11am:

    • Behind the scenes of disaster reportage by Kevin Lim

    • Evolution of newspaper photographers by Neo Xiaobin

    To register and for more details, go to www.straitstimes.com/tags/st-world-press-photo

    Read photo journalist Neo Xiaobin's tips on how to take pictures with your mobile phone http://str.sg/ZjWw

 

"This exhibition has brought photos and stories from around the world to Singapore. Seeing these images was a powerful experience," said Mr Baey.

The exhibition is presented by ST for the second year running.

Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English, Malay and Tamil Media group of ST's parent company Singapore Press Holdings, said: "The World Press Photo contest has grown tremendously since it first started out in 1955. We are very proud to present this global exhibition."

Two of the contest's award winners, Bangladeshi documentary photographer Sarker Protick and American photographer and researcher Pete Muller, will join Singaporean photographer Sim Chi Yin, a judge for this year's World Press Photo contest, in a panel discussion on the ethics of photography this evening.

The guests will be giving talks tomorrow on issues ranging from how to approach long-term visual storytelling projects, to masculinity and violence in Congo, to the process of documenting Chinese society from the grassroots.

Sponsors for the speakers are political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Newsplex Asia and the Singapore Press Club. Other sponsors include The South Beach hotel, logistics company Famous Air & Sea Services and caterer Purple Sage.

ST photojournalists Desmond Lim, Alphonsus Chern, Kevin Lim and Neo Xiaobin will be speaking on Saturday next week and on Feb 14.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline 'World Press Photo event kicks off today'. Print Edition | Subscribe