Winners of photo 'Oscars' to go on show in Singapore

Winners of photo 'Oscars' to go on show in Singapore

THE annual World Press Photo exhibition will be returning to Singapore this month, bringing together 151 award-winning photographs from different countries.

The showcase, which has been hailed as the "Oscars" of photo-journalism, selects the best of 98,671 entries submitted by 5,754 photographers.

The event, which has no admission charges, will be held at the Raffles Hotel from Jan 10 to Feb 1. The Straits Times is the presenter of the exhibition.

Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English and Malay Newspapers Division of Singapore Press Holdings, said the exhibition would be a "tribute to the photo-journalists who work tirelessly and bravely to make us all more aware of what's happening around the world - at times risking their lives to bring us compelling photos".

The work of photo-journalists was also noted by Canon, the exhibition's global sponsor.

"Photo-journalists hold the powerful ability to narrate impactful stories through spellbinding images that transcend geographical and cultural barriers, deepening our understanding of the wider community," said Mr Edwin Teoh, assistant director for consumer business marketing at Canon Singapore.

Other local sponsors and supporters include Raffles Hotel and the Singapore Press Club.

This will be the fourth time that the event has come to Singapore, previously being held here in 2002, 2006 and earlier this year at Raffles Hotel, where it drew some 20,000 visitors.

Said Mr Fabian Tan, 26, a researcher who attended the exhibition in March: "Perspective, tension, beauty, emotion all beautifully captured - this exhibit is an inspiration, as well as a gateway to the world."

SAMANTHA GOH


This article was first published on January 8, 2015.
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