World Press Photo

ST World Press Photo 2016: The intimate and the open

Mr Richardson with his winning picture. He will be in town for the opening of the Singapore leg of the WPP exhibition on March 3, and will give a talk the following day.
Mr Richardson with his winning picture. He will be in town for the opening of the Singapore leg of the WPP exhibition on March 3, and will give a talk the following day.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Mr Richardson with his winning picture. He will be in town for the opening of the Singapore leg of the WPP exhibition on March 3, and will give a talk the following day.
The aftermath of a series of explosions in the container storage station of a logistics company in the Port of Tianjin, north-eastern China, on Aug 15, 2015. PHOTO: CHEN JIE
Left: The aftermath of a series of explosions in the container storage station of a logistics company in the Port of Tianjin, north-eastern China, on Aug 15, 2015.Below: Mr Cheong Yock Wing at home with his decorated electric bicycle. He conceptualis
Mr Cheong Yock Wing at home with his decorated electric bicycle. He conceptualises the designs and puts up the LED lights and decorations himself.PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Show salutes those who go off the beaten track to capture historic moments

From private moments to public shows of solidarity, events frozen in time by photographers from 21 countries will be exhibited in Singapore next month.

World Press Photo (WPP) awarded prizes to 41 photographers for their powerful images in its annual competition, one of the most prestigious in photojournalism.

The 145 prize-winning photographs from eight categories in the 2016 contest will be on display from March 3 to March 26. Entries are from 2015.

The photo of the year captured refugees passing a baby through a hole in a barbed wire fence to someone who had earlier crossed the border. It was taken by Australian photojournalist Warren Richardson in August 2015, after he followed the group trying to find ways to enter Hungary from Serbia.

The Singapore leg of the roving 2016 WPP exhibition is being presented by The Straits Times for the third year running. The exhibition will be at the National Museum of Singapore, the official venue supporter. Admission is free.

After visiting around 100 cities, the exhibition will end in New Delhi, India. Canon is WPP's worldwide partner.

Said Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez: "At ST, we have always believed in strong photos and visuals in our pages and digital products. Many of the award-winning photos have run on our various platforms. We also have first-rate photojournalists in our newsroom, who strive to capture the news in pictures and videos. We will showcase some of their work at this event too."

Head of marketing at Canon Singapore Edwin Teoh said the company is proud to be a partner of the prestigious exhibition.

He said: "Photojournalism and visual storytelling are more important than ever in an age where digital technology has the power to both highlight and obfuscate the truth.

"The exhibition salutes the grit and the works of photojournalists who immerse themselves in situations that may at times be off the beaten track to capture the moments that make history."

The competition drew 82,951 entries by nearly 6,000 photographers from 128 countries.

In conjunction with 2016 WPP, there will be a panel discussion and talks by guest photographers and our photojournalists.

ST executive photographer Neo Xiaobin will moderate the March 3 session on the topic, Photojournalism in the age of New Media. The panellists will be Mr Richardson, another award winner, Mr Kazuma Obara, and 2017 WPP judge Yumi Goto.

There will be talks by Mr Richardson and Mr Obara on March 4, followed by one talk per weekend for the rest of the month.

Ms Neo and other ST photojournalists - Mr Kevin Lim, Ms Caroline Chia and Mr Mark Cheong - will share their experiences on March 12, March 19 and March 25.

A showcase of ST's best photojournalistic works from last year will also be on display.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'The intimate and the open'. Print Edition | Subscribe