This year’s World Press Photo exhibition highlights a number of social injustices, and unfortunately, most of the moments captured are not serene. It is also proof that the world has unfortunately become a more dangerous place after a long period of calm, minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said at the opening.
László L. Simon L., director of the Hungarian National Museum, recalled that the World Press Photo selection came to Hungary on a 40-country tour, as it has for many years, to the National Museum this year. The international jury has again selected fantastic material: 4,066 photographers from 130 countries submitted 64,823 photos, he stressed.
The director called the creators of the exhibition not only great artists, but also members of the press. “We hope that freedom of the press will continue to prevail in Hungary and in Europe,” he said.
In keeping with tradition, the World Press Photo exhibition will be accompanied this year by a companion exhibit, this time of works by nature photographer Milán Radisics, entitled “Our Footprint – Man’s Impact on the Planet.”
Désirée Bonis, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Budapest, said that World Press Photo is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1955 in Amsterdam, which has since become a recognized platform for journalism worldwide.