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World Press Photo Returns: Rediscover Some of 2018’s Most Captivating Images

SANTIAGO – Time for a look back at 2018 with the latest installment from World Press Photo. This year’s exhibition features 140 offerings from photojournalists around the world and runs through September 8. The images evoke a range of emotions from inspiration to infuriation; what they don’t do is leave you alone; stop by and see for yourself.

Some of 2018’s best press photos are currently on display in Chile, because World Press Photo and Espacio Fundación Telefónica have teamed up once again to bring World Press Photo’s annual exhibition to Santiago.

This year’s installment consists of 140 photojournalistic works from around the globe. They are considered to be among the best published last year.

Olga Alarcón, Social Investment Manager of Movistar Chile, highlighted this exhibition, stating that “it is a privilege to be able to bring it for the tenth consecutive year and exclusively to Chile.” Alarcó added that “without a doubt, it is one of the most anticipated exhibitions by the public and it is a pride for Espacio Fundación Telefónica to deliver it.”

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The Best for Six Decades

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 is a world-wide tour showcasing “the stories that matter with photography from the 62nd annual World Press Photo contest.”

Each year the process of choosing the photographs is in the hands of an independent jury of professionals in the field. 

This year, World Press Photo notes, “[t]he winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries.”

This Year’s Best Photo Winner

This year’s best photo winner is Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore, for his image of a Honduran girl crying while her mother is detained by U.S. Border Patrol. 

As Time reported a week after the photo was first published, Moore’s image “has become a symbol of the human cost – and many critics say cruelty – of President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration. The crying girl has become the face of the family separation policy.”

Other Winners

Another photographer recognized for his work in this exhibition is Pieter ten Hoopen, who won the World Press Photo Story of the Year award, which, in World Press Photo’s own words, “honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in 2018.”

In this case, Ten Hoppen received recognition for his photographs of the migrant caravan that departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and eventually drew others from Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, swelling to some 7,000 travelers.

The third place winner for graphic reports, German photographer Ingo Arndt, focused on a subject closer to home here in Chile: pumas, especially those located in Torres del Paine National Park, which has the highest concentration of this species in the world.

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When, Where, and How Much (Hint: Free!)

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 is at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Providencia 127, Santiago, Chile through September 8, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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