World Press Photo 2017 at De Nieuwe Kerk opens on 14 April
The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition opens at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam on Friday 14 April, marking the start of an extensive world tour of the international press photo contest. The 60th edition of the competition features impressive photographs by 45 prize winners from 25 countries in eight categories: Daily Life, General News, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Spot News and Sport. First, second and third prizes are awarded in each category. Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici is the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year. His photograph and those of the other winners will be exhibited on hanging panels in the gothic interior of De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam from 14 April to 9 July 2017, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dutch winner Digital Storytelling
There are Dutch winners this year in the Digital Storytelling Contest (previously the Multimedia Contest). Future Cities by Yvonne Brandwijk and Stephanie Bakker is a multimedia project devoted to people and the stories behind the growth and urbanisation statistics of the world’s fastest growing cities: Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellin and Addis Ababa.
Digital technologies and the internet have transformed the way we register and absorb stories. The World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest rewards the best forms of visual journalism created by digital means. In the exhibition, the twelve prize winners in the categories Short Form, Long Form, Immersive Storytelling and Innovative Storytelling will be on display on touchscreens and large non-interactive screens.
For the first time, an audio tour will be available for the exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk. Twenty photographers take the listener behind the scenes and tell their personal stories about their winning photos. The audio tour is available for €2.
This year, for the first time, the International Children’s Peace Prize winners will be presented during the World Press Photo exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk. Earlier winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize, including Malala and Nkosi Johnson, have touched and inspired millions of people around the world. The prize is an initiative of KidsRights. The exhibition will tell the stories of these extraordinary change makers with photographs, film material and quotes. The important connection between the winners of the Children’s Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize will also be highlighted in text and images. According to Marc Dullaert, founder and chairman of KidsRights, the combination of KidsRights and World Press Photo is powerful because ‘these children show that change is possible and that children can be true change makers. Like the World Press Photo winners, they are sending a message to world.’
The first World Press Photo exhibition was held in Amsterdam in 1955, as the international counterpart to the national competition De Zilveren Camera (The Silver Camera). The sixty winners of World Press Photo of the Year will adorn the large wall at the entrance to the exhibition. De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam was home to the World Press Photo exhibition from 1982 to 1999 and resumed its role as host in 2014.
De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam is supported by founder BankGiro Loterij and sponsor Deloitte. World Press Photo also receives support from the Nationale Postcode Loterij and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. The exhibition in Amsterdam is sponsored by Delta Lloyd.