World Press Photo 2015

We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism

World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization committed to supporting and advancing photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide.

Amongst their many activities World Press Photo organises an annual exhibition featuring the award-winning photographs from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest for press photography. The 2015 contest had 97 912 images submitted by 5,692 press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 131 countries.

The World Press Photo of the Year 2014 is a picture by Danish photographer Mads Nissen. Nissen is a staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken and is represented by Scanpix and Panos Pictures. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups. The photo also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category.

World Press Photo is the Library’s most popular guest exhibition and receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

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