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World Press Photo here mid-year

March 30, 2011: Australians will have the chance to see the best press photography from around the world when Canon Australia showcases the winners of the 2010 World Press Photo contest.

BELOW: Image from Australian Adam Pretty’s World Press Photo first prize-winning sports portfolio.

The exhibition tour which takes in approximately 100 cities in 45 countries, will open in Australia on June 4 this year.

Now in its 54th year, the World Press Photo contest is universally acknowledged as the world’s premier competition for photojournalism and its accolades are coveted by photographers across the globe.

‘This year’s World Press Photo exhibition will stun and captivate audiences with some of the most powerful images of world events from 2010,’ said Chris Macleod, brand manager, EOS, Canon Australia.

‘The exhibition honours the extraordinary talent of press photographers from around the world, and the fact that there are three Australians among the winners is testament to the level of talent in this country,’ continued Macleod. ‘Their work is thought-provoking for the broader public and a real
inspiration for photographers of all levels.’

The international jury awarded prizes in nine themed categories to 55 photographers of 23 nationalities, including three Australians: Daniel Berehulak won First prize in the ‘People in the News’ category for his moving images of the floods in Pakistan; Adam Pretty won First prize in the Sport
category for his portfolio of sporting images; and Steve Christo won Third prize in the Sport category for his photo of this year’s Cole Classic ocean racing competition at Manly Beach.

Sometimes confronting in its content, World Press Photo brings to broader public attention some of the harsh realities of our world. Winning this year’s contest is the shocking image of a young girl left disfigured after being punished for attempting to leave her husband in Kabul, Afganistan. The portrait,
taken by Jodi Bieber from South Africa was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2010, and was also awarded First prize in the category Portraits Singles.

The judges also gave special mention to a 12-picture series of photographs taken by the miners trapped for 69 days inside the San Jose mine in Chile, 700 metres underground, before they were rescued.

World Press Photo is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT. Canon has been bringing the World Press Photo Exhibition to Australian audiences for the past 12 years. This event is part of the Australian Canon EOS Festival of Photography – a series of sponsored photography events that runs
from April to July each year.

Exhibition details:
Brisbane Powerhouse, June 4 – 26 (entry is free)
State Library of NSW, Sydney, July 1 – 24 (entry is free)

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