The Rohingya exodus in Myanmar, the protests against President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, the jihadist attack in London, the run over in Charlottesville, the conflict in Mosul and other stories such as the mysterious illness that affects refugees in Sweden or deforestation in the Amazon . The photographs that cover the walls of the Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM), awarded by the World Press Photo, will be exhibited from Friday, October 5, until November 4.
Sanne Schim, project director of the contest, explained that the images, sent by agencies, media and photographers, are chosen with the aim of showing "a great history, with value and sufficient relevance, as well as the photographic quality and strength of the image ". The exhibition consists of 146 photographs on subjects that have taken place in the world throughout 2017, which have been chosen among 73,000 submitted to the contest, sent by 4,500 photographers from 125 countries. This year there has been a slight decrease in the number of photographers presented and another quite greater in the number of images, according to Schim. This is attributed to the "increasing difficulty that journalists have for their work and that they are reducing the number of photos to create a story." In addition, he stressed that "he sees a change in some photographers, who not only portray a problem, but in some cases also show the solution to it."
The tour begins with the winning snapshot of this year, the work of Venezuelan photojournalist Ronaldo Schemidt, of the agency France-Presse. The picture shows José Víctor Salazar, 28, engulfed in flames in the midst of violent riots during a protest against Maduro in Caracas. In addition to the photography of the year, the contest awards images of Contemporary Themes, News, Wide Projects, Nature, People, Sports, News Moments and, for the first time, Environment. "The reason why we include this category is because we saw that nature photographers sent more and more works related to the impact of the human being on the environment, the result is impressive and beautiful," Schim explained. A Spaniard, Daniel Beltrá, has been awarded the third prize in this category, with a series on deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil.
The other award-winning Spaniard, Javier Arcenillas, comments on his series, called Latin America, third prize in the Long Term Projects category. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Colombia are the scenarios of this project that has lasted nine years. It shows images of the violence that affects these countries as a result of gang wars to dominate drug trafficking. The series, Arcenillas explained, closes the "grotesque" that supposes the narcotism in Colombia, as a result of television series, and extreme tourism, a new fashion that involves going on vacation to the prisons of El Salvador or Guatemala to see the gang members. The photojournalist has highlighted the difficulty of selling and doing a job like this: "We survive with nightmares, the lived bills of this work are something latent, with the years you develop some immunity, but do not forget".
On October 5, English photojournalist based in Madrid Max Duncan, will present his work at the FNAC in Callao When coming down from the mountains, with which he has won the first prize in the Long Format category of the Multimedia contest, which is held in parallel to the photo contest. This documentary of 23 minutes took several months to come, of comings and goings to China, and addresses the problem of "so-called children who are left behind, in the field, while their parents go to industrial centers to work," he explained. his actor.