World Press Photo comes to Angkor

Nov 21, 2016 | 12th Edition (2016), 2016 Festival Programme, News & Happenings


Connecting the best visual journalism to a global audience.

World Press Photo of the Year Migrants crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary.

World Press Photo of the Year
Warren Richardson, Australia, Hope for a New Life
28 August, Serbia/Hungary border


For the first time, the award winning images of the annual World Press Photo Contest will be on show in Cambodia as part of the 12th Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops.

The exhibition highlights the best of international photojournalism and major issues and events around the globe,” said Festival Director Jean-Yes Navel. “We are thrilled to be able to be able to bring this to the Cambodian community.

One of the world’s most prestigious contests of photojournalism, the World Press Photo Contest awards photographers for the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism and is the leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers.


Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballystics and some incandescent rockfalls. Photo taken on dec. 13 at 22:24 hours, 12.5 km away from the crater near a lagoon named Carrizalillos on Comala municipality in the state of Colima. Colima Volcano had a period of enormous activity on july of 2015, at least 700 inhabitants were evacuated from their settlements. The volcano mantains activity with 3 to 6 explosions by day. Lightning on Colima Volcano explosions became common on last months. This particular lightning is more than 600 meters long, so the big light made clear some details of the south portion of volcano. It's an 8 seconds shot, time enough to catch the explosion and the lightning. Photo: Sergio Velasco

Nature, 3rd prize singles.
© Sergio Tapiro, Mexico
The Power of Nature

This travelling exhibition, unique in its kind, is the result of the World Press Photo Foundation’s 59th worldwide annual contest on photojournalism and documentary photography.

The World Press Photo Foundation works to develop and promote quality visual journalism because people deserve to see their world and express themselves freely.

Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever, and quality visual journalism is essential for the accurate and independent reporting that makes these freedoms possible.

The contest is judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year, and is led by a chair and supported by a secretary who implements the rigorous judging procedures. The jury is independent of the World Press Photo Foundation, and it is the jury alone that chooses the winning pictures.

ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, CHAD: Rangers from a horse patrol group exhibit their riding skills as they return to base at Zakouma National Park, Chad after weeks on elephant patrol. The horse patrols are the old guard of Zakouma's rangers and have seen a good deal of conflict in their time in the park. Zakouma lost nearly 75% of its elephants in the decade before 2011 due to raids by Janajaweed and Sudanese poachers, many of them from the Sudanese military. The president of Chad, Idris Deby, is a big supporter of the elephant of Zakouma and of its elephants. The herds here until recently used to be as large as 1000 animals all moving together, severe poaching over the last decade saw that number decimated and now only around 10% of the number remains. Since 2011 however there has been control over poaching and only 3 elephant have been poached in the last 2 years. The credit for that lies with these rangers and the new management of the park, including nomad groups who are a vital part of intelligence gathering for Zakouma.

Nature, 2nd prize stories
© Brent Stirton, South Africa, Getty Images for National Geographic
Ivory Wars

This year’s contest attracted 5775 entries from photographs from 128 countries with 82,951 images submitted. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 42 photographers from 21 countries.


An Insider’s Look at Photo Awards” with Scott Gray, CEO and founder of World Photography Organisation and Laurens Korteweg, Director of Exhibitions and Education, World Press Photo.

What is the significance of photography awards in a photographer’s career? Join us for an casual discussion with Scott Gray and Laurens Korteweg as they talk about the role of contests and awards as well as current issues facing photography awards and contests and trends in submissions from Asia.


The World Press Photo Foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.


World Press Photo 16 Exhibition:
Dates: 3 December 2016 – 16 January 2017
Venue: Festival Zone (Field by Amansara)

Afternoon Session:
Date: 6 December 2016
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: The Brothers (King’s Road Angkor)




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