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Moments in time: World Press Photo Exhibition in focus at Powerhouse


The World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 is bringing the best of the year’s photojournalism to Brisbane Powerhouse. Of 74,470 images entered, eight were chosen to best represent the critical issues of 2020 from COVID-19 to social unrest to locust plagues in East Africa.

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The travelling exhibition, which opens at Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday, shows the winners and contenders across eight categories of photojournalism, documenting the year in photographs.

The eight categories are: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot News.

The exhibition will feature the winner of the 2021 Photo Contest’s World Press Photo of the Year, Mads Nissen’s image The First Embrace.

85-year-old Rosa Luzia Lunardi is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza. The first hug she receives in five months. (Image: Mads Nissen, Politiken)

The First Embrace shows 85-year-old Rosa Luzia Lunardi receiving her first hug in five months by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Viva Bem implemented ‘The Hug Curtain’ in August 2020 to allow vulnerable elderly residents to hug people, following five months of isolation from the outside world and limited physical contact inside the home.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 saw 4,315 photographers from 130 countries around the world enter 74,470 images.

From these, an independent jury of 28 photography professionals selected a group of winners and nominees which share a diversity of perspectives across the most pressing world issues in 2020.

The winner for the best Photo Story of the Year, was award to Habibi by Italian photographer Antonio Faccilongo.

Kobar, Palestine: In Iman Al Barghouti’s bedroom, she hangs the suit of her husband, Nael Al Barghouti, who is the longest-serving prisoner in Israeli custody, having spent 41 years in prison. (Image: Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage).

In Habibi, Faccilongo documented the lives of Nael al-Bargouthi, the longest serving Palestinian inmate in Israeli jails, and his wife Iman Nafi, who keeps all his belongings in place at their home despite al-Bargouthi’s life sentence.

Habibi documents the impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict on Palestinian families with a focus on love and perseverance over violence and weaponry.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 will display the winners and finalists for 2020 across the eight categories, created by the World Press Photo Foundation which has been celebrating world class photojournalism since 1955.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 opens 26 June and runs until 18 July at Brisbane Powerhouse. To register for free tickets, visit Brisbane Powerhouse’s website. 

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