World Press Photo is pleased to announce that the debut location of its 2014 exhibition tour, at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, attracted more than 75,000 visitors, a record number for the location. The season continues with stops in many new locations.
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With nearly 100 locations every year that attract around 3 million visitors, the World Press Photo exhibition tour of prize-winning photographs is one of the most popular traveling photo events in the world.
Michiel Munneke, managing director World Press Photo: "We are extremely happy to see that a record number of 75,060 visitors came to see the exhibition in Amsterdam. We’ve nearly doubled the number of visitors since 2004 and we hope to see a similar trend at all the other exhibitions to come."
World Press Photo is also running two pilots this season. First, the winners of the multimedia contest were shown alongside the photo contest winners in Amsterdam, where visitors could immerse themselves in the prize-winning productions through projections, headphones, and computers. Secondly, in Lagos (Nigeria), the exhibition will be displayed outdoors, a rarity for the World Press Photo exhibition.
Munneke continues: "It is important that we keep on innovating and exploring new grounds. Hopefully the pilots we are running this year will help us bring stunning visual journalism to even more people."
The 2014 exhibition is also stopping in a number of new cities such as Hiroshima (Japan), Kinshasa (DRC), Oxford (UK), and Philadelphia (USA). Finally the exhibition will return to Helsinki (Finland) for the first time since 1995.
The foundation relies on local partners to bring the exhibitions to new cities, whether it be galleries, public spaces (trains stations, shopping malls), cultural centers, schools, universities sponsors, private companies, commercial enterprises or even embassies.
The World Press Photo foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation of the work of photographers and other visual journalists, as well as to promote the free exchange of information. Activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests, and global exhibition tours. The programs of the Academy strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.
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Source: World Press Photo