The best of world press photography. Part 2.

The 53rd annual World Press Photo Exhibition is currently on display at Southbank Centre in London.

Continued from HERE.

A non-professional awarded

Since 2007, the juries of the World Press Photo have had an opportunity to give Special Mention to a picture by a non-professional (photo)journalist that has made “an exceptional impact on news reporting worldwide”. This year, the jury for the first time decided to grant it.

In fact, it’s not a photo, it’s a frame grab from a video posted on YouTube in June 2009, during the post-election uprising in Iran. It depicts a woman lying on the ground after being shot in the chest.

The impact of it was truly strong. The notice says the footage was viewed by millions online and was covered in news media worldwide. Her name and image became a symbol of resistance to the Iranian regime.

But for journalism students such recognition of a picture made by a casual eye-witness in itself is significant. It proves once again that social media is becoming of greater importance in reporting the news.

The flow of information is no longer controlled by professionals only. Whether that is a bad thing or a good thing is disputable, but the tendency is clear and should not be ignored.

Half of a century in 10 000 depressing photos

The valuable piece of information is that the organisation keeps an archive of all the winning pictures, and what is more delightful, keeps it online, for everyone to enjoy see.

There are about 10,000 images in the archive gallery, a result of more than 50 years of the history of the contest. It’s definitely worth checking out.

But there is one thing that makes me almost angry. All “Photos of the Year” but one are devoted to topics like war, accidents, famine etc. In other words, people suffering.

The only year that breaks the rule is 1958, when a picture of a sport event was announced the big winner.

And when you browse through the gallery, it’s easy to notice that the majority of pictures are absolutely distressing. Why???

I agree that is it essential to draw attention to the problems of the modern world. I understand that a striking photograph is one of the best ways to do that effectively. And I imagine how hard it can be to make such a picture.

But there are some beautiful things in the world that are equally worth sharing and difficult to catch, aren’t there?..


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Печенька on November 23, 2010 at 06:19

    I am very glad, that somebody create translator. Otherwise, I would not have translated the text. Photos with the sad contents are very popular. Perhaps, this is due to the fact that the beautiful and cute picture just bored. Especially when the reality is not so good … People always ask for “bread and circuses.” And pictures of all sorts of suffering – very spectacular.


  2. Posted by Печенька on December 1, 2010 at 08:42

    :- *


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