World Press Photo Exhibition back at Raffles Hotel from Saturday Jan 10 to Feb 1

Photos being prepared for the World Press Photo Exhibition at the Raffles Hotel on 8 Jan 2015. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW
Photos being prepared for the World Press Photo Exhibition at the Raffles Hotel on 8 Jan 2015. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

SINGAPORE - As he raised his camera to snap a photo of a chained, naked and mentally ill man in a South Sudan prison, New Zealand photographer Robin Hammond hesitated.

The prisoner had the right to privacy as a human being, noted Mr Hammond, 40.

But he decided to take the photo in the end, to use it to fight for better treatment for the mentally ill.

The photo won second place in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2014 World Press Photo award.

The World Press Photo Exhibition has arrived at Singapore shores again and will be held at the Raffles Hotel from Saturday to Feb 1.

This is a fourth time the annual exhibition is here, following stints last year, and in 2002 and 2006.

This year, it is presented by The Straits Times and will showcase 151 award-winning photographs from around the world.

Photographers will be in town to share their experiences and give advice to aspiring shutterbugs on how to sharpen their skills and build their portfolio.

The exhibition will be launched officially on Friday by Mr Zaqy Mohamad, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Communications and Information.