This year, 5,775 photojournalists from 128 countries submitted a total of 82,951 images to the 59th World Press Photo contest.

Located on the sixth floor of Smith and Caughey’s in central Auckland, the exhibition showcases the best press images from 2015. Offering a striking image of the world we live in, the General News category was dominated by photos from the refugee crisis. The war in Syria, the Paris attacks in January and November, and the clashes between the police and civilians in the United States have all been captured and showcased.

From those who came before like the alumni of Magnum Photos, to the men and women currently in the field, the role of the photojournalists has always been about presenting the most compelling stories. They always did say that an image is worth a thousand words.

Of course, not all images are of doom and gloom – from images of a Buddhist gathering to beautiful whales and orangutans to the superstars of Senegalese wrestling – the exhibition boasts a collection of the best news images of 2015.

Yet the sad fact of reality is we are constantly faced with terrible stories told, often, by those who have very little chance of getting out of their situation. And it’s at that moment where these works are most required.

So when we come face to face with images of those people who have been terrorised, up-rooted from their homes, and their lives torn asunder by such evil that plagues our world, we wouldn’t simply dismiss their plight. When we’re faced with these images, they become the most damning evidence against those who would simply want to turn a blind eye.

I fully encourage you to go and take a look. It’s certainly an eye-opener, but you’ll be better off seeing both the good and the bad, than nothing at all.

Here are a few images from the exhibition.

Bliss Dharma Assembly - Kevin Frayer of Canada

Bliss Dharma Assembly – Kevin Frayer of Canada

 

Talibes, Modern-day Slaves - Mário Cruz of Portugal

Talibes, Modern-day Slaves – Mário Cruz of Portugal

 

Aftermath of Airstrikes in Syria - Sameer Al-Doumy of Syria

Aftermath of Airstrikes in Syria – Sameer Al-Doumy of Syria

 

Where the Children Sleep - Magnus Wennman of Sweden

Where the Children Sleep – Magnus Wennman of Sweden

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Who: “World Press Photo Exhibition
Where: Smith and Caughey’s Level 6
Dates: 2nd – 24th July 2016
Show Times: 9.30am to 6.30pm Mon – Wed | 9.30am to 9.00pm Thurs – Fri | 10.00am to 6.30pm Sat | 10.30am to 6.00pm Sun
Tickets: $10 – $15. Book tickets here.

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Johan Chang
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Journalist by trade, Johan is the resident Reddit fiend and chief wordsmith at The Speakeasy. He's a big fan of whisky, a good book, and purple t-shirts.

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