World Press Photo Exhibition 2023

World Press Photo Exhibition 2023


Posted 2023-08-03 by Cris follow

Sat 29 Jul 2023 - Sun 20 Aug 2023

World Press Exhibition is now on until 20 August at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Brisbane Powerhouse is hosting The World Press Exhibition 2023 which showcases 122 individual images of the best most significative photojournalism from around the world.

The photos have been taken everywhere in the world where many unspoken events have taken place in 2022.

The 2023 World Press Photos Contest aims to address some of the most crucial problems around the globe, including the devastation of the war in Ukraine, historic protests in Iran, the realities of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban and the many aspects of climate change.

The photo exhibition features confronting images, inviting viewers to consider and question current issues.

The Nomad’s Final Journey

By Jonathan Fontaine, French, born 1983.

Samira is only 16 and she looks onto Qolodo camp near Gode in the Somali Region, Ethiopia, on 16 May 2022. Her family owned 45 goats and 10 camels, all of which died during recent droughts.

Nomadic people of Ethiopia and Somalia depend on their livestock, migrating across their territory to pasture their animals. In recent years, water scarcity has threatened these livestock. Exacerbated by the climate crisis, droughts, have devastated the region, which according to the World Food Programme now endanger the food security of over 26 million people. Many families are forced to seek aid in climate refugee camps, social structures are weakening, precipitating violence against women and a host of mental health crises. As droughts persist annually, women, who are often responsible for finding water, bear an enormous share of the physical and mental toll exacted by the ongoing crisis.

The Nomad's Final Journey.

The Siege of Mariupol

By Evgenly Malolekta, Ukrainian, born 1987

Zhanna Goma, in the right in the photo, and her neighbours settle in a bomb shelter in Mariupol, on the 6 March 2022. When Russian forces invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, they immediately targeted the strategically important port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.
By 20 May, Russia gained full control of the city, which had been devastated by shelling and tens of thousands of civilians had fled or been killed. Malolekta was one of the very few photographers documenting events in Mariupol at that time. The jury felt his story communicated the horror of the war for civilians; they praised the photographer’s resilience while working under immense pressure and imminent threat.

The Siege of Mariupol.

Oil Spill in Lima

By Musuk Nolte, Peruvian/Mexican, born 1988.

Workers deal with the environmental disaster caused by an oil spill at Repsol’s nearby La Pampilla refinery at Playa Cavero, Peru, on 21 January 2022. On 15 January, nearly 12,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the sea while a tanker was unloading at the Spanish Transnational oil company’s refinery. The spill extended over 7.13 square kilometres, polluting beaches, killing wildlife and impacting livelihoods, in what the Peruvian government termed the country’s worst ecological disaster in recent memory. UN experts believe its effects will last up to ten years.

The jury felt the photo communicated the devastating ecological impacts of oil extraction in the region with subtlety and clarity. Musuk Nolte took this photograph as part of a project for the Bertha Foundation.

Oil Spill in Lima

Australian Flood in Infrared

By Chad Ajamian, born 1996.

Flooding along the Hawkesbury River, a major waterway that encircles the Sydney metropolitan region, on 31 March 2021.
Image of a junction Mogil Mogil on 19 April 2021.
A flooded forest in Mungindi on 19 April 2021. This area forms a natural basin, which can further isolate remote communities for weeks at a time. The images offer a unique perspective on the recent floods that have devastated areas in New South Wales, Australia.
Aerial infrared imaging renders vegetation in pinks and reds, contrasting sharply against blues and cyans, which represent water. The images make newly flooded areas easily discernible to emergency responders, assisting with response and recovery.

Australian Floods in Infrared. The project contains adaptations from raw data in NSW Flood Imagery viewer by DCS Spatial Services, State of New South Wales, licensed under CC BY 4.

What Happened in 2022

Photojournalists working in 2022 brought stories of the war in Ukraine and life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, of the use and abuse of river water in Central Asia and the United States, flooding in Australia, oil spillage in Peru, and people with dementia in Ghana. But a tough judging process and the limitations of how to visualize certain stories means that some major stories discussed by the jury did not make it through to the final selection.

Inside one of the rooms with the photo exhibition at the Powerhouse.

Press Freedom Matters

Freedom of the press cannot be taken for granted. The organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) defines press freedom “as the ability of journalists as individuals and collectives to select, produce and disseminate news in the public interest independent of political, economic, legal and social interference and in the absence of threats to their physical and mental safety. “

RSF estimates that nearly half of the world’s population has no access to freely reported news and information. More than 1,600 journalists have been killed in the past 20 years, at an average of 80 per year.

World Press Photo works in support of press freedom by showcasing some of the world’s best photojournalism and documentary photography, supporting photographers and introducing visual literary to a broader audience.

Photo by Tomas Francisco Cuesta, Argentinian, born 1996, World Champions. A scene of jubilation as Argentinians revel in their country's return to football world dominance, Buenos Aires, 18 December 2022. An estimated five million people took to the streets to participate in the parade and join the national team members in one of the greatest public demonstrations in Argentina's history.

Content Warning

The photo exhibition presents images depicting crude realities that viewers may find challenging and very upsetting.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to consider this information when visiting the photo exhibition with children and young adults.

Photo by Mauk Kham Wah, Burmese, born in 1995, Retrieving the Dead. Resistance fighters from the People's Defence Force retreat with the body of a comrade, following a clash with the Myanmar military, in Moe Bye, Kayah State. Myanmar authorities have sent reinforcements to the region as fighting with the local opposition groups intensifies.


The photo exhibition occupies three main rooms in the Brisbane Powerhouse. The main exhibition is on the Turbine Platform, then continues in the Fairfax Studio on the lower level at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Photo by Simone Tramonte, Italian, born 1976. Net-Zero Transition. People swim at Amager Strand, Denmark, on 13 July 2021, near a wind farm that is co-owned by 8.552 electricity consumers and serves more than 40,000 Copenhagen households. Human induced climate change is the largest, most pervasive threat to the natural environment and society that the world has ever experienced. This prompts the European Union to establish targets to cut greenhouse emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 and to reduce them to net zero by 2050. The photographer documents innovative technologies that offer possible routes to these goals.


Brisbane Powerhouse is at Yagara Country, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, Qld 4005.
Phone (07) 3358 8600

Opening Hours

29 JUL – 20 AUG
Mon – Tue 10am to 5pm
Wed – Sun 10am to late

World Press Exhibition is on from 29/07/2023 to 20/08/2023


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