Award-winning images on display
CONTRASTING COLOURS: South African Brent Stirton, shooting for Getty Images, took first prize in the People – Staged Portraits Single category with this photograph of a group of blind albino boys in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, taken on September 25, 2013.
The 2013 World Press Photo competition winner, shot for by American photographer John Stanmeyer. The image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City holding up cellphones in the hope of capturing a signal from neighbouring Somalia, so they can contact relatives. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants from nearby Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, who are seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.
FAITH KEEPERS: Philippe Lopez, a French photographer working for Agence France-Presse, won the Spot News Single category for this photograph of survivors of typhoon Haiyan marching during a religious procession in Tolosa, the Philippines, taken on November 18, 2013.
POLO PLUNGE: The moment Pablo MacDonough falls at a match during the Argentine Polo Open Championship in December is captured by Emiliano Lasalvia for La Nacion daily newspaper. Part of the international polo grand slam, the competition is the world’s most important club polo championship, and has been held each year since 1893. As an individual, MacDonough was ranked fifth in the world. His team, La Dolfina, won the championship. The shot won the Sports Action Singles category.
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SIGNAL OF HOPE: Exhibition curator Noortje Gorter with the 2013 World Press Photo competition winner.
War, natural disaster and hope for humanity are key themes of the 57th annual World Press Photo award-winning images, which go on display today at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
"I just hope everyone from Wellington comes along, it's full of different stories - from natural disasters to war. It will shock you, move you and make you smile," says Noortje Gorter, curator of the World Press Photo exhibition.
The 130 photographs were picked from 90,000 submitted by 5754 photographers across nine categories.
Paris-based New Zealander Robin Hammond took second prize in the Contemporary Issues, Photo Story section, with a series of images depicting the shocking treatment of people with mental illness across African nations.
Gorter said Hammond was the first Kiwi to feature in the awards since Associated Press photographer Greg Barker placed third in the Sports Stories section in the 2000 awards.
She also urged professional New Zealand-born and overseas- based photographers to enter next year's competition after a record low 12 Kiwi entries this year.
It runs until September 21 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11. General admission $10, unwaged $5 and under 16-year- olds by donation.
- The Dominion Post