World Press Photo Exhibition ends this week in Brisbane

MATT TAYLOR

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World Press Photo Exhibition will be at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Source: Wikimedia. 

The finest in visual journalism and documentary photography display comes to an end this week, with the 59th World Press Photo exhibition 2016 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The exhibition, held annually at the Brisbane Powerhouse, celebrates the world of photojournalism and visual documentary storytelling, attracting over 80 thousand images worldwide from 128 countries.

The exhibition is run by the World Press Photo organisation, who promote the work of photographers and other photojournalists, as well as the free exchange of information.

Adding to the local appeal of the exhibition, is the winning image, which comes from local photographer Warren Richardson, as the World Press Photo of the year for 2015.

Sara McKenna, Queensland President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, welcomed the exhibition to Brisbane as an important step forward in opening the art of photojournalism to the city.

“Documenting important issues through photography and bringing them to the public in such a raw, emotional exhibition, gives voice to so many people who may not otherwise be heard”, Ms McKenna said.

“To be able to access and view these thought-provoking photographs from around the world in Brisbane, is an opportunity I recommend not to miss.”

Ms McKenna also praised the talents of local Australian photographers, who often feature in the annual exhibition.

“Members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography have been featured in these exhibitions, and strive for excellence in their field”, Ms McKenna said.

Highly accredited Australian professional photographer, Ms Melissa Anderson, also praised the significance of the event.

“It is fabulous to see the ongoing commitment of the exhibition of such important imagery celebrated, and acknowledged”, Ms Anderson said.

The exhibition finishes this Sunday, and is open to the public free of charge, 9am to 9pm daily.

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