The winning photo shows a young man running: he is wearing a gasmask, and the upper part of his body is on fire.
© Ronaldo Schemidt

The best press photos in the world

Once again this year the World Press Photo Foundation has selected the best journalistic photos of the year. More than 4,500 photographers took part in the competition, with a total of over 73,000 photos. All the award-winning photos are being displayed in an exhibition that is being shown in 45 countries. In Vienna these remarkable, moving and sometimes disturbing winning photos are on display at the WestLicht gallery.

First place, with a prize of EUR 10,000, was awarded in Amsterdam to the photographer Ronaldo Schemidt, for his spectacular image of the violent protests in Venezuela. His picture shows a young man running: he is wearing a gasmask, and the upper part of his body is on fire. In the category for
“Long term projects”, the subject of the winning work is Austrian. In a series of empathetic images titled “Ich bin Waldviertel”, taken from 2012 onwards, Dutch photographer Carla Kogelmann has been recording the life of sisters Hannah and Alena, growing up in Merkenbrechts, near the Czech border, where they live with their family.

Leading showplace for press photography

Since 1955 the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photojournalism based in Amsterdam, has held the World Press Photo Contest. A jury composed of different members every year judges submissions from photographers all over the world. The award-winners from this renowned competition form a touring exhibition every year which is shown all over the world and is regarded as the most important showplace for press photography.

World Press Photo 2018

Sept 14 - Oct 28, 2018
Extended opening hours for the duration of the exhibition: daily 14:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-21:00, Sat., Sun. & public holidays: 11:00-19:00, closed on Mondays
Oct 22 - Oct 28: daily 11:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-21:00

Westlicht Center for Photography

Westbahnstraße 40 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Fr, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 14:00 - 21:00
    • Sa - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 15 Steps (Swinging doors   90  cm  wide )
        via private elevator, please make prior arrangements
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 140 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Side entrance and exhibition rooms reachable with the elevator, door width: 140 - 180 cm. 

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