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World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 - Brisbane Powerhouse

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I remember how moved and impressed I was by the last exhibition and vowed that I must not miss the next one. Well, it is on at the Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday the 24th of July 2022 and it is free. It is displayed in the entrance hall of the Powerhouse and when we visited on Saturday, it was busy so choose your time to go. It is open from 10 am to 5pm.

The exhibition comes with an age warning and is recommended for children over 15 years of age. It is photojournalism at its best where many of the winners of the competition are displayed but also photojournalism over long-term projects whether about climate change, indigenous rights, wars and persecutions or natural disasters.

This is the 65th edition gathering 4,066 photographers from 130 countries who entered 64,823 photographs.

This competition seeks to connect the world to the stories that matter. I am going to share with you a few of them - starting with one which I think is one of youth and hope. It was taken by Irina Werning in Argentina and it is a photo of 12-year-old Antonella who vowed that she would cut her hair only when she was allowed to return to school which had been closed during the pandemic. She missed 260 days of school - I thought it was a wonderful thought that this young Argentinian could part with her precious hair for the sake of her schooling.
In this next photo, the tell-tale cap in hand tells us this is a decapitated photo of Lenin. This is in Cherminots Park in Kotovosk, in Ukraine from December 2013.

In this photo taken by Charinthorn Rachuratchata from Thailand, he emulates the Japanese art of kintsugi by tearing up the photo and then mending them with lacquer and powdered gold. Here the protestors are putting up a three-fingered salute.

A classroom lies deserted in 2021 in Nigeria from a secondary school where girls were abducted.

Vladimir Encino of Colombia captured the horror of a man and his family resisting evictions from the San Isidoro Settlement in March 2021.

There are many from wars around the world and this one - from the most recent war - that of Ukraine.

The photos are nothing short of shocking reminders of what is actually happening beyond our small lives and the many sacrifices of these photojournalists who suffer hardship and sometimes even give up their lives to document these moments for us.

In 2021, 46 journalists were killed and 488 imprisoned according to Reporters Sans Frontieres. Press Freedom is very important and visiting this exhibition is another way of lending your support to this.

The World Press Photo Foundation is supported by its strategic partners, the Dutch Postcode Lottery and PwC.
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Why? Authentic and raw photojournalism.
When: until the 24th of July 2022
Phone: (07) 3358 8622
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: Free
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