May 28 > August 22, 2021

The 64th edition of the World Press Photo exhibition returns to Rome for the first time at the Mattatoio. The exhibition, promoted by Roma Capitale - Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, conceived by the World Press Photo Foundation of Amsterdam, organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo in collaboration with 10b Photography, will host the 141 finalist photos of the prestigious photojournalism award, which since 1955 awards every year several professional photographers for their best shots thus helping to build the story of the best visual journalism in the world.

For its 64th edition, the contest saw the participation of 4315 photographers from 130 different countries who submitted a total of 74,470 images to compete for the title in the 8 different categories of the photojournalism contest: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long- Completed projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, Spot News.

The two most important awards, the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year, were respectively assigned to the Danish photographer Mads Nissen and the Italian Antonio Faccilongo. Nissen won with the photo The First Embrace, which shows an old woman being hugged by a nurse in a retirement home for the first time in months in São Paulo, Brazil.

Faccilongo won with the Habibi project, a report on sperm smuggling into Israeli prisons by Palestinian families who want to preserve their reproductive rights.

The photos on display tell the most relevant news of the previous year: the coronavirus, but also the protests for the killing of George Floyd, the Nagorno-Karabakh war, the fires in the Pantanal, the invasion of locusts in Kenya, the removal of the statues of controversial characters.

Antonio Faccilongo, Gabriele Galimberti and Lorenzo Tugnoli are the three Italian photographers among the winners. In addition to being one of the two most important awards, with his project Faccilongo also won in the category of long-term projects. Galimberti won in the Portraits, Stories category with a work for National Geographic on gun owners in the United States. Tugnoli of the Contrasto agency in the Spot News, Stories category, for his photos of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, in August 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest evaluation took place online. The independent jury, which changes every year, for this edition was chaired by the director and co-founder of the platform NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, who evaluated the photos together with: Ahmed Najm of Metrography Agency, the first photographic agency in Iraq; the visual director of the Russian online newspaper Takie Dela Andrei Polikanov; National Geographic Deputy Director of Photography Kathy Moran; Kevin WY Lee, photographer and creative director; Mulugeta Ayene, photographer; Pilar Olivares, Reuters photographer.

Also, on display this year is a section dedicated to Digital Storytelling with a series of videos that tell the crucial events of our time.

The World Press Photo 2021 exhibition as a whole represents a historical document that allows you to relive the stories that characterize the contemporary world in its many facets. Its international character and the thousands of people who visit the exhibition every year around the world are proof of the ability that images have to transcend cultural and linguistic differences, to reach very high and immediate levels of communication.

Pavillion 9b, from July 13
Prinz Gholam. While Being Other
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

Free admission

Pavillion 9a, until August 22

World Press Photo Exhibition
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

tickets with compulsory booking

Restricted numbers apply to contain Covid-19, the capacity of the pavilions that host the exhibitions is 50 people per hour



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