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World Press Photo exhibit hits Rome

2014-05-17

In a world where news travels fast, it's easy to forget tragedies like this one in the Philippines, where more than 5,000 people were killed and millions more were affected by this typhoon. 

Photojournalism keeps memory alive. Now award winning photographs are being showcased in Rome, as part of the annual World Press Photo exhibit.

ALESSANDRA MAURO
World Press Photo
"The award is given to photographers that capture an entire situation. The photograph must be innovative in the way it tells a story. Among all the pictures, one is chosen as the photograph of the year.”

This time around, the winning picture is titled 'Signal' by John Stanmeyer. It shows African immigrants, searching for a strong enough phone signal to call their families, before they trying to make their way to Europe.  

The exhibit also includes moments that made headlines in 2013. They include shots of the Boston Marathon, and the first moments of confusion after the bombs were set off. Also Mexico's organized crime and collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh .

ALESSANDRA MAURO
World Press Photo
"These pictures capture emotions, because the events themselves are shocking. They have moved people and they've even affected public opinion. It's not just about one picture, instead it's about the story that comes with that picture. It's a photojournalism contest.” 

Some of these stories are still making headlines today. Like the civil war in Syria and the deadly conflict in the Central African Republic.

But the exhibit is not only about pain. Winning shots also capture the beauty of every day life. From children playing, to a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and even an athlete who overcomes a battle with cancer. 

Since sports, also deal with life, some of the photographs include the excitement of Beijing's Olympics and a tennis match, where players are putting everything in the line. 

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation has recognized amazing photographs worldwide. 



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