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World Press Photo Exhibition 2015

A concise collection of intimate, spine-chilling, beautiful and uplifting moments captured from some of the best photographers from around the world.
By Stephen Heard
June 02, 2015
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By Stephen Heard
June 02, 2015
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Not for the faint of heart, the World Press Photo exhibition uncovers contemporary issues and global trends rarely shown by the mainstream media - including everything from: civilian unrest in Gaza, a behind-the-scenes look at a Colombian alligator skinning farm, violent clashes between protestors and Ukrainian police, and closer to home - an image of late New South Wales batsman Phillip Hughes seconds after he was struck with a cricket ball.

Now in its 59th year, the World Press Photo competition celebrates the best press photography from around the world in eight categories: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, portraits, sports and spot news.

The 2015 competition was won by Danish photographer Mads Nissen, his image chosen from 97,912 photos submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries. His striking piece 'Jon and Alex' (featured above) captures a gay couple as they share an intimate moment in their apartment in Russia, a country where ‘non-traditional relationships’ are staunchly frowned upon.

The renowned travelling exhibition, judged and assembled in Amsterdam, is annually viewed by over a million people in 40 countries. The collection from the 58th World Press Photo contest will make a brief pit stop in Auckland this July.

All proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to charity.

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