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World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 opens in Hanoi

by NDO/VNA24 November 2020 Last updated at 11:13 AM

Visitors at the exhibition. (Photo: VNA)
Visitors at the exhibition. (Photo: VNA)

VTV.vn - This year's World Press Photo Exhibition has opened on the walking street by Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi, giving residents the change to see award-winning pieces of visual journalism.

The exhibition Best of Three 2018-2020 organised by the Netherlands Embassy displays a collection of 62 works taken in the past three years across the world.

Photos displayed at the event are regarded as the most important stories of immersive and inspiring topics such as migration, protests and the environment.

The environment is most prominent in the 2020 exhibition. It is represented in categories beyond the Environment Category - Contemporary Issues, Nature, and Spot News and aims to call attention to the importance of the subject.

Meanwhile, protests and the role of youths in activating change were highlighted by the jury as a recurring theme in the entries, the organisers said.

Each year, the prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting some 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of the year and visited by more than 4 million people worldwide.

This year, the World Press Photo exhibition in Hanoi is one of the very few exhibitions outside Europe and the third exhibition of its kind in Hanoi.

The event taking place until November 29 is one of the meaningful activities that enrich the agenda of Hanoi being in UNESCO’s Global Network of Creative Cities.

The World Press Photo Contest is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest has recognised professional photographers for the best pictures - presented as singles or stories contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

In the last three years, the World Press Photo Foundation received around 75,000 images each year from at least 125 countries.

A sideline programme will be held during the nine days of the exhibition including the workshop 'Storytelling Through Portraits', an online panel discussion 'Utilising Online Platforms for Photojournalism', a portfolio review, projection night and an artist talk show next weekend.

Free guided tours will also be organised at 10am and 2pm for those interested in learning more about the stories behind the pictures, according to the organisers.

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