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Review: 2012 World Press Photo Exhibition

Last updated 09:48 25/06/2012

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The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently on in Auckland and features the work of photojournalists from around the globe, each chronicling events over the course of the last year.

The topics vary from natural disasters, human grief and devotion, and the effects of riots, war and drug cartels on communities across the world.

The images are stark and powerful reminders of the world we live in, a harsh yet beautiful place full of love and loathing.

The show is the result of an annual contest, with a jury selecting winners from a pool over 100,000 images entered by 5247 photographers representing 124 nationalities.

The show opened last Thursday to a full crowd, who were reminded poignantly the risks photojournalists take to bring these images to the world. Photographers who had died were acknowledged for the work they had done in the Middle East, where violent riots had dominated the news for so many months.

Geoff Burns, the acting Officer in charge of the Canterbury Forensic Imaging Section talked of the tragedies that hit closer to home and of the work his team did documenting the recovery of bodies and property in the wake of the February Earthquake.

Inside the exhibition there were a range of stark and moving images on display. A Ukranian prostitute resting between clients confronts you with her piercing stare, the work of vets dehorning Rhinos so that they were less appealing to poachers is moving, the limbs and head of a cartel victim removed from the trunk of a car in Mexico repulsive.

This is the third year that Rotary has brought the exhibition to Auckland and it is well worth a visit. The photos on display will move, educate and delight you and provide a fitting commentary on the state of the world we live in. The show is only on until July 14 and tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. 


Auckland Exhibition is on show at Australis Nathan Building, 40 Customs Street East.

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