PREVIEW: World Press Photo Exhibition 2017, Southbank Centre

The World Press Photo exhibition returns to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from the 3rd to the 20th November. 


Returning to London for its 21st year, the free exhibition brings together 152 photographs from the annual World Press Photo Awards, showcasing some of the most powerful, emotional and often disturbing press images of the year.

Now in its 60th year the World Press Photo Awards 2017’s winners were drawn from the bank of 80,408 images taken by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries.

Many of the subjects of the images on display are varied including documentation from rallies protesting police brutality, reports from war-torn terrains and striking images selected from nature and sports editorial.

Images to feature in the exhibition include this year’s World Press Photo of the Year, An Assassination in Turkey, taken by Burhan Ozbilici for The Associated Press. Ozbilici’s photograph, which also won the first prize in the ‘Spot News’ stories category, depicts the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş.

Other winners include Tom Jenkins from The Guardian and Mathieu Willcocks from MOAS. Jenkins won the first prize for the ‘Sports’ singles category with Grand National Steeplechase. His image, taken at the Grand National in Liverpool in 2016, captured a chaotic moment of a jockey mid-air whilst falling off his horse. French-born, UK-based Mathieu Willcocks won the third prize in the ‘Spot News’ stories category with Mediterranean Migration. Willcocks’ image series documents the unsettling journeys of refugees in transit off the coast of Libya, struggling at sea and crammed into the hold of boats.

World Press Photo Exhibition will be on display at the Royal Festival Hall from the 2nd to the 20th November. For more information visit:

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