Events & Exhibitions / Palazzo Madama
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2021
Palazzo Madama will host the World Press Photo Exhibition 2021, Turin will be the first venue,
Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures - presented as singles or in stories - contributing to the past year of visual journalism. For its 64th edition, the contest saw 4,315 photographers from 130 countries enter 74,470 images. An independent jury comprising leading photography professionals selected the nominated photographs and the stories that matter.
The exhibition displays both the winning photos as well as the finalist projects, organized in eight sections sections: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, Spot News.
The jury of the 2021 Photo Contest selected Mads Nissen’s photograph The First Embrace as the World Press Photo of the Year, and Habibi by Antonio Faccilongo as the World Press Photo Story of the Year. Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death by Holly Bailey/The Washington Post and Matt Daniels, Amelia Wattenberger/The Pudding, was awarded Interactive of the Year and Calling Back From Wuhan by Yang Shenlai/Tang Xiaolan awarded Online Video of the Year.
Nissen said about his image: “To me, this is a story about hope and love in the most difficult times. When I learned about the crisis that was unfolding in Brazil and the poor leadership of president Bolsonaro who has been neglecting this virus from the very beginning, who’s been calling it ‘a small flu,’ I really felt an urge to do something about it.”
Kevin WY Lee, photographer, creative director and 2021 Photo Contest jury member describes the winning photograph: “This iconic image of COVID-19 memorializes the most extraordinary moment of our lives, everywhere. I read vulnerability, loved ones, loss and separation, demise, but, importantly, also survival—all rolled into one graphic image. If you look at the image long enough, you’ll see wings: a symbol of flight and hope.”
The jury chose Habibi by Antonio Faccilongo as the World Press Photo Story of the Year. The winning series chronicles love stories set against the backdrop of one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. The story shows the impact of the conflict on Palestinian families, and the difficulties they face in preserving their reproductive rights and human dignity.
Faccilongo says about the winning story: “My work has the ambition to be a cultural bridge to bring people together.”
“This year we wanted to try to find something that was digging deep; that was looking at the past, at the present, but somehow also at the future,” says NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, co-founder and director of photo.circle and 2021 Photo Contest Jury Chair about judging the World Press Photo Story of the Year.
Ahmed Najm, Managing Director of Metrography Agency and 2021 Photo Contest jury member, says about the story: “The photojournalistic perspective of the photographer, along with the uniqueness of the story, have created a masterpiece. This is a story of human struggle in the 21st century: a story about those unheard voices that can reach the world if we, the jury, act as a medium. It shows another side of the long contemporary conflict between Israel and Palestine.”
Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death provides a full picture of the first week of protests in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The piece makes unprecedented use of user-generated content and combines and maps out 147 live stream videos.
“A lot of clips were floating around social media and just the media at large, and the thought was: how can we create greater context for all that is happening? We haven’t had this rich amount of data for events in the past, so we wanted to do something to bring them to life and give readers a sense of what it was like, to actually be part of the protests,” says Amelia Wattenberger, graphics developer at The Pudding.
“This should be a model of what you can do with social media. I think it told the truth in a way that was easy for readers to understand,” adds Holly Bailey, writer at The Washington Post.
The World Press Photo Interactive of the Year award celebrates the production that creates engaging interactive storytelling through skillful editing and design and effective synergy of form and content.
The exhibition is organized by CIME Puglia, one of the major European partners of the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam, and the Fondazione Torino Musei.