World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Vietnam

The World Press Photo Exhibition: Best of Three 2018 – 2020 is being organized in Vietnam, bringing award-winning pieces of visual journalism to Hanoians.
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World press photo exhibition returns to vietnam
The exhibition Best of Three 2018 – 2020 organised by the Netherlands Embassy displays a collection of 62 works taken in the past three years across the world. Source: Netherlands Embassy

The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Hanoi for the third time this year, with the best winning photos from 2018-2020. The exhibition presents photos of the world’s best photojournalists, together with stories that matter from all over the world. The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the support of Hanoi People’s Committee.

The "Best of Three 2018-2020" exhibition in Hanoi this year presents the selection of the most important stories of the past three years. They are immersive and inspiring stories focusing on topics like migration, protest and environment. The environment topic is most prominent in the 2020 exhibition and represented in categories beyond the Environment category - Contemporary Issues, Nature, and Spot News - calling attention to the importance of the subject. Protest and the role of the youth in activating change, were highlighted by the jury as a recurrent theme from the entries.

Each year, the prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of the year and visited by more than four million people worldwide. This year, the World Press Photo exhibition in Hanoi is one of the very few exhibitions outside Europe.

A ceremony was held on November 20 night at the Martyr Monument Square on Hang Dau Street to mark the opening of the exhibition and drew representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, city authorities, foreign embassies and international organisations in Vietnam.

World press photo exhibition returns to vietnam
The World Press Photo exhibition - Best of Three 2018-2020 is the third exhibition of its kind in Hanoi, and this year, it is once again open in the public space. Source: Netherlands Embassy
World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Vietnam
A photo by Ronaldo Schemidt from Venezuela displayed at the exhibition. — VNS

“It is a well-known saying than an image says more than 1,000 words. The pictures in this exhibition are prime examples of telling their story across cultural and language barriers”, said Ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam, Elsbeth Akkerman.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Akkerman stressed the meaningful concept of each picture. "Each picture exhibited here tells a story/stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, stories about how we as people relate to the planet we live on. Stories of sadness, struggle and grief, but recognised, and we can relate to on a personal level".

"The pictures are a celebration and acknowledgement of the importance of photography, photojournalism and diversity allowing people to tell the story they need to tells thus enable us to hear the things we need to hear," she stressed.

"Photography is an especially effective way of communication because it eliminates the boundaries of culture and language. Photojournalism in general and the wonderful examples of the pictures we show today offer us a window to the world that we cannot see ourselves at this point in time," she added.

On behalf of the Netherlands Embassy, Matca, will be hosting a series of educational activities, including workshop, panel discussion, portfolio review, projection night and artist talk, during the nine days of the exhibition.

The event taking place from November 20-29 is one of the meaningful activities that enrich the agenda of Hanoi being in UNESCO’s Global Network of Creative Cities.

The event is a part of Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design 2020, organised by RMIT University Vietnam in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) and COLAB Vietnam and other partners in the creative industries, with Hanoi Grapevine as media partner./.

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