Media release: Parliament to showcase best in global photojournalism


A FREE exhibition – featuring over 140 of the most powerful examples of photojournalism from across the world – is to go on display at the Scottish Parliament this summer.

The World Press Photo exhibition showcases some of the most moving, challenging and thought-provoking images taken over the course of 2016, including Usain Bolt crossing the finish line at the 2016 Rio Olympics; a woman standing her ground at a rally against police violence against black men, outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA; and a carpet of monarch butterflies covering the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico, after a snowstorm.

The worldwide touring exhibition of award-winning photos will once again come to the Scottish Parliament from Friday 4 August – Saturday 26 August 2017, and entry is free.

The photo contest attracted entries from 5,034 photographers from 125 countries, telling contemporary stories from categories including Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, People, Sports, Nature and Long Term Projects.

Announcing the exhibition, Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, said: “This outstanding exhibition highlights photojournalism’s power to tell poignant, complex and inspiring stories that influence how we see and understand the world.

“More than ever in this age of online and social media, photojournalism brings us stories faster and with greater impact than any other medium. This year is no different, with some of the most breathtaking photos yet.

“We are once again very proud that the Parliament is the only location in Scotland holding this year’s exhibition and the only Parliament to do so worldwide.

“World Press Photo has previously attracted visitors to the Parliament in their tens of thousands, and we look forward to providing even more visitors with the opportunity to take in world photojournalism at its very best.”


Notes for editors:

World Press Photo 2017

Friday 4 August – Saturday 26 August 2017 (closed Sundays). Entry is FREE.

The worldwide touring exhibition of award-winning photos will come to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. In its 60th year, the photo contest attracted entries from 5,034 photographers from 126 countries. Images range from hard-hitting and challenging, to moving and inspiring; telling contemporary stories from eight different categories.

World Press Photo Foundation is run as an independent, non-profit organisation with its office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide.

The organisers strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photojournalists and create greater visibility for press photography.

They passionately believe in the power of visual journalism to tell moving and inspiring stories that shape us all, every day.

Around 5,000 photographers submitted more than 80,000 pictures across 126 countries in a truly global event to be judged by an independent jury of experts in their field.

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