Com­pelling pho­tos on show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A col­lec­tion of the world’s most pow­er­ful im­ages of 2013 will be show­cased at the Auck­land pre­miere of the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned World Press Photo Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Now in its 57th year, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures the best im­ages cho­sen from al­most 100,000 en­tered into the World Press Photo Com­pe­ti­tion by 5700 pho­tog­ra­phers from around the world.

It was the year New Zealand was robbed of the Amer­ica’s Cup by Or­a­cle, Nel­son Man­dela died, the Bos­ton Marathon was bombed and 60 peo­ple lost their lives in a four-day shop­ping mall siege in Nairobi.

This is the fifth con­sec­u­tive year that Auck­land Ro­tary Club has brought the ex­hi­bi­tion to New Zealand.

‘‘Each time we host this ex­hi­bi­tion, we are re­minded how rel­a­tively peace­ful New Zealand is, and how for­tu­nate we are given all that is hap­pen­ing in the world,’’ Craig Dealey, pres­i­dent of Auck­land Ro­tary says.

‘‘Ro­tary sup­ports global aware­ness, and the quest for in­ter­na­tional har­mony.

‘‘And this ex­hi­bi­tion is a graphic re­minder of the world’s obli­ga­tions to its peo­ple, here and over­seas.’’

Judged in Am­s­ter­dam, the prizewin­ning pho­tographs are as­sem­bled into a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion that is viewed by over a mil­lion peo­ple in 40 coun­tries.

The top prize was won by Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher John Stan­meyer for a Na­tional Geo­graphic mag­a­zine shot of African im­mi­grants on the shore of Dji­bouti city at night, rais­ing their phones to try to get re­cep­tion from neigh­bour­ing So­ma­lia.

‘‘If they move their phone in the air they will get a sig­nal,’’ Stan­meyer says.

‘‘That is the ten­u­ous link that con­nects us all to­gether.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures a se­ries by Welling­ton-born hu­man rights pho­tog­ra­pher Robin Ham­mond on the treat­ment of men­tal health suf­fer­ers in South Su­dan.

The World Press Photo Ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing held on the top floor of Smith & Caughey’s, Queen St, Auck­land, from July 5 to 27. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for stu­dents.

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