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Barcelona World Press Photo 2012

For the eighth year running, Photographic Social Vision is organizing the international World Press Photo exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). This year, the show that brings together the 156 winning photographs in the prestigious international photojournalism contest includes a Catalan photographer, Samuel Aranda, as winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2011, with a photo taken during conflicts in Yemen. Under the heading “Sensitive Material”, Photographic Social Vision offers the public the chance to keep up to date with the state of the world by means of photos that stand out for their aesthetic excellence, their informative value, their sensibility and their capacity to move the spectator.

World Press Photo is known worldwide as the foremost exhibition in the field of photojournalism for the quality of its works, and for the debate and criticism generated by the photographs presented. It is a meeting with the social, political, cultural and sports events of the past year, as well as a showcase for the best photo reporters of the moment, offering them the chance to show work that is often censored by governments and the media.

Under the hading “Sensitive Material”, we invite you to reflect on the importance and the role of documentary photography today, one of the few reliable sources in the extensive range of deliberately manipulated messages and images we consume every day. The contents of World Press Photo are a thermometer of the world social context and help to shape public awareness and historic memory. “Photojournalism affects the people who take the photos, those who look at the photos, and those who are photographed. It is vital to value and protect the practice in these times of conflict and confusion”, say the organizers.

As every year, an independent international jury of 19 members picked the winners from the photos submitted by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and photographers all over the world. Taking part in International World Press Photo 2012 were 5,247 photographers (217 of them Spanish) of 124 nationalities, who submitted 101,254 images to the contest’s 10 categories: Portraits, People in the news, General news, Spot news, Contemporary issues, Daily life, Nature, Art and Entertainment, and Sports features.


This year’s winning photograph, by Catalan Samuel Aranda, immortalized Fatima al-Qaws holding her 18-year-old son Zayed, who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after taking part in a demonstration in the streets of Sana’a, Yemen, on 15 October 2011.

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From 29 November 2012 to 6 January 2013

Opening 28 Nov 2012



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