Award-winning images on display

Last updated 13:27 30/08/2014
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SIGNAL OF HOPE: Exhibition curator Noortje Gorter with the 2013 World Press Photo competition winner.

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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.

EXHIBITION INFO

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.

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