World Press Photo 2017 Exhibition Visits Montreal

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    World Press Photo 2017: The Montreal Edition

    Montreal World Press Photo 2017 dates are August 30 to October 1.
    ••• Above: Dorata Ladosz comforts a baby rhino after being attacked by hyenas and losing its mother to poachers who killed her for her horn. This photo is part of a series that won first prize for the Nature stories category at the 2017 edition of World Press Photo. Photo © Brett Stirton courtesy of World Press Photo

    World Press Photo 2017: In Montreal August 30 to October 1, 2017

    With newsroom and newsmagazine investigative journalism budgets whittling down at unprecedented rates and online photo theft more rampant than whatever could have been imagined even just five years ago, some say photojournalism is dead. Over. A once viable career option drowned in a sea of copyright violation and paparazzi. As war photographer Don McCullin echoed in a 2012 interview with The Guardian:

    “It's had it. Nobody wants to look at spreads of dying children. They want to see higher heels. It's all gone celebrity, hasn't it? Celebrity, looks, fashion. If I see another picture of Gwyneth Paltrow, I think I'll put my head down the lavatory. Fake tans, Beckhams, Jamie Oliver. I can't take any more of it. That's why I'm going to Syria.”

    If of any comfort to McCullin, World Press Photo exhibitions are the last place he'll spot a shot of the latest hottest celeb walking from her front door to...MORE her car. Instead, World Press Photo offers an annual reminder that photojournalism is still very much alive. Some may say it's hemorrhaging from the jugular, but it's still there, hanging on. Raging. Not that McCullin needs the reminder, all hopelessness considered. The photojournalist himself has earned four World Press Photo awards throughout his over four decade long career.

    In 2017, the World Press Photo exhibition features 150 award-winning images and runs in Montreal August 30 to October 1, 2017 at Marché Bonsecours. Admission $13, students $10. Hours of operation 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. More info.

    World Press Photo: In the Beginning

    An annual competition attracting thousands of photographer submissions from over 100 countries, World Press Photo first emerged in 1955 when a Dutch photojournalist union was inspired by Zilveren Camera, a pre-existing photojournalism award in the Netherlands. The union wanted to scale the national competition to international proportions in the hopes it would give colleagues exposure and notoriety as well as educate and communicate as winning entries evoke visceral reactions to world events that words fail to elicit in quite the same way. By 1960, World Press Photo was officially recognized as a foundation. Since there, many of the competition's crowned pictures have since become ubiquitous historical records, visuals etched into the collective conscious, often reminders of modern society's darker, baser impulses and their disturbing consequences. Some of these award-winning images are believed to have been powerful enough to sway public opinion and change history, like that of nine-year-old Kim Phuc running naked, clothes burned off by napalm during the Vietnam War. Taken by Nick Út, that iconic image won the coveted World Press Photo of the Year accolade in 1972.

    World Press Photo: How It Works

    Every year, World Press Photo receives tens of thousands of photo submissions from around the globe. A jury of peers from varying backgrounds select winning entries via a strict judging setup and protocol, all designed to reduce geopolitical bias and peer influence. Once the winners are selected, an exhibition is put together featuring all the winning. The exhibition then tours across the globe, stopping in cities as varied as Oxford, The Hague, Christchurch, Arrecife in the Canary Islands and even Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    World Press Photo: More INFO

    World Press Photo website

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    World Press Photo 2017: The Montreal Edition

    Things to do in Montreal Labour Day weekend 2017 include World Press Photo.
    ••• Above: a loggerhead turtle is stuck swimming in entangled fish nets off the coast of Tenerife by the Canary Islands. The loggerhead turtle is classified as a vulnerable species, though subpopulations found in the northeast Atlantic ocean, like off the coast of the Canary Islands are listed as endangered. The photo won first prize in the Nature singles category at World Press Photo in 2017. Photo © Francis Pérez courtesy of World Press Photo
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    World Press Photo 2017: The Montreal Edition

    The World Press Photo 2016 Montreal exhibit runs August 31 to October 2, 2016.
    ••• Above: a male Calumma ambreense chameleon spotting lunch in his only known natural habitat, Amber Mountain National Park in Madagascar. Shot by Christian Ziegler, his chameleon photo series commissioned by National Geographic won 3rd place in 2016 for World Press Photo's Nature stories category. Photo © Christian Ziegler courtesy of World Press Photo
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    World Press Photo 2017: The Montreal Edition

    World Press Photo 2016 exhibit in Montreal runs August 31 to October 2, 2016.
    ••• Entitled “Eritrean Wedding,” this shot commissioned by Time Magazine won Malin Fezehai 3rd prize in the Daily Life singles category. The marrying couple depicted herein are celebrating in Haifa, but two of 50,000 refugees from the African continent currently in Israel requesting asylum. Most of them are from Sudan and Eritrea, the latter a small country which broke away from Ethiopia after decades of struggle with imperial followed by Soviet rule, successfully declaring independence in 1993. Photo courtesy of World Press Photo © Malin Fezehai