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Last Chance to See 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition at Drexel

May 9, 2014

Photo by Philippe Lopez of survivors of typhoon Haiyan marching during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8,000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines.“Rather than photographing people as passive victims [of a natural disaster], he photographed them taking control" - World Press Photo 2014 jury chairman Gary Knight.

“Powerful images of conflict, hope and daily life” (Associated Press) are currently on display as part of an exhibition of nearly 150 prize-winning photos from the 57th Annual World Press Photo competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest, which made its United States debut at Drexel University.

The photos will be on display through Wednesday, May 21, in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) of Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Boston Marathon bombing photographer John Tlumacki spoke to students about his prize-winning photo. Photo credit: Conrad Louis-Charles.An opening reception was held on April 30, and included remarks from Gary Knight, chairman of this year’s jury and co-founder of VII Photo Agency; Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, 2014 World Press winner in the “Spot News” category for his Boston Marathon bombing coverage; Anne Schaepman, project manager of World Press Photo; and Karen Curry, executive director of Drexel’s Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, who brought the exhibition to Drexel.

“We are thrilled to bring this extraordinary exhibition of the world’s outstanding photojournalism to Drexel,” said Curry. “It’s fitting that Philadelphia, so crucial to the history of journalism in this country, will be host to this stunning show.”

Jury chairman Gary Knight discussed the jury's selection process with students. Photo credit: Conrad Louis-Charles.Area high school and university instructors are invited to bring classes to the exhibit. For more information call 215-895-2548. A smartphone app is available in the gallery and acts as a guide to the show.  In addition, videos of jurors discussing the winning photos play within the gallery.  

The World Press Photo of the Year 2014, selected from close to 100,000 entries, is an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer on assignment for National Geographic magazine. The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. The picture also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category.

Gary Knight discusses the World Press Photo 2014 winner by John Stanmeyer. Photo credit: Conrad Louis-Charles.“I think it is the most adventurous and convention challenging World Press Photo Award Exhibition that there has ever been,” said Knight, who has served on four World Press Photo juries.

The international jury of leading photojournalism professionals gave prizes in nine themed categories to 53 photographers of 25 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

The members of the jury announced the winners at a press conference held at the World Press Photo offices in Amsterdam on Feb. 14. For an overview of all the winners, visit:

Click on the photos below for photo credit and description:

The judging was conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam. All entries were presented anonymously to the jury, who discussed their merits over a two-week period. The jury operates independently and a secretary without voting rights safeguards the fairness of the procedure. The contest drew entries from professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers across the world. By the mid-January deadline, 98,671 images had been submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries.

The exhibition is on display in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Photo credit: Conrad Louis-Charles.The exhibit is made possible through the generous support of Drexel University’s Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the Good Idea Fund.

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

About World Press Photo
World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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