As it does every year, LASEDE of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos (Association of Architects) in Madrid is exhibiting the collection of the winning images from the World Press Photo Contest 2016. The exhibition contains photos of last year’s most relevant events, from the refugee crisis to the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the attack to the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The exhibit is made of 155 photos selected from 82,951 images and taken by 42 photographers from 21 nationalities. A total 45 awards were given to entries in 8 different categories.
This time, the seventh the yearly photo contest has come to Madrid, the World Press Photo of the Year award went to Hope for a New Life, by Australian photojournalist Warren Richardson. In the image, a baby is handed through a hole in a razor wire barrier to a man who has managed to cross the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Röszke (August 2015).
This edition gave awards to three Spanish photographers. Sebastián Liste, from the region of Levante, earned the third prize in the Daily Life category with his essay on the harsh living conditions in Río de Janeiro’s favelas (shanty towns). Daniel Ochoa de Olza, from Navarra, got the second prize in the People category. He took his winning photo at Las Mayas festival, in Colmenar Viejo, on the outskirts of Madrid. Finally, Mikel Aristregui won the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest for the fourth straight year with Break In, the story of a Cambodian street child.
As in previous years, nature is one of the categories of the awards. Visitors will be able to see fascinating images of orang-utans in the rainforests in Sumatra and Borneo, and photos of the eruption of the Colima Volcano in Mexico, among others.
Las Mayas Tradition, by Daniel Ochoa de Olza (Spain), Associated Press
March Against Police Violence, by John J. Kim (USA), Chicago Tribune
Hope for a New Life, by Warren Richardson (Australia), 28 August, Serbia-Hungary border