The Oscars of photojournalism is back in Singapore, World Press Photo 2015 exhibition will showcase 145 prize winning photographs that captured the most powerful, expressive and at times provocative press images from around the world that tell many stories to the rest of the world. The 145 photographs were shortlisted and selected from 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries for the annual World Press Photo contest.
World Press Photo 2015, the Singapore Exhibition is held for the first time at the National Museum of Singapore from 29th January to 21st February. The photographs are exhibited at The Concourse (Level 1) and The Canyon (Basement 1).
I wasn’t able to attend the official opening event of the World Press Photo 2015 Singapore Exhibition due to a clash of schedule. However, I am always keen on the works of the various talented photojournalists in their respective fields of coverage, I went down to visit the World Press Photo 2015 Singapore Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. This is the fifth year that the World Press Photo Exhibition is held in Singapore, previous ones were held in the years 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2015. I visited and covered World Press Photo Singapore Exhibitions in the years 2014 and 2015. It had always been an eye-opener for me and my craft of photography. While I am not a news agency photojournalist, the photojournalism works from the Oscars of photojournalism, the World Press Photo Exhibition always inspire me to pursue my own field of photojournalism, in the fields of long term photography projects.
There is also a exhibition by the Straits Times, held in conjunction with World Press Photo exhibition. The Straits Times exhibition pays tribute to the power of the visual image through its showcase of their best photojournalism works of 2015.
When I visited World Press Photo 2015 Singapore Exhibition, I walked and viewed the photographs slowly, absorbing and understanding what was going through the thoughts, mind, heart and eyes of the different photojournalists when they are pursuing their projects, topics, themes and the images that they managed to produce. Through my own photography observations and viewing of the photographs, I am also learning and improving my own photography proficiency level.
The World Press Photo 2015 Singapore Exhibition, held at the National Museum of Singapore, is definitely worth a visit. Through the 145 photographs on display, we are able to see and know more about the things happening around in our world today, from the nice and beautiful daily life stories, to nature photography and sometimes provocative stories, the visitors can reflect, learn and know more about the world today.
The World Press Photo 2015 Singapore Exhibition is held from from 29th January to 21st February, do drop by and visit it!