Exhibition | 06.05. - 06.06.2022

World Press Photo 2022

Exhibition

The exhibition “World Press Photo 2022” presents the best press photographs from last year from around the globe. In total, over 64,000 images from 4,000 photographers from across the world were entered. The subject matter covers everything from environmental disasters to the coronavirus pandemic and the storming of the Capitol in Washington. This global review of 2021 includes around 120 images and allows for calm consideration of the events which pass by quickly in the media from previously unknown perspectives and for critical reflection.

Blog articles

Thomas Bochet

7. June 2018

A platform above the storm

World Press Photo has rewarded the world’s best press photos since 1955. It all started with an association of Dutch photo journalists.

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Aaron Estermann

26. February 2020

Masterstroke on the Matterhorn

In 1965, mountain climber Walter Bonatti conquered the north face of the Matterhorn. In winter, and solo. A gift for the press photographers.

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Aaron Estermann

20. November 2019

Federal Councillor’s public appearance

There was a time before mobile phones, a time when press photographers were the eyes of an entire nation. Many of the images they captured are now forgotten. For example, Federal Councillor Rudolf Minger’s appearance at Bern’s Reithalle riding arena in November 1940.

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Spotlight on world affairs

published on 4.5.2022

Swiss Press Photo 2022 | 6.5.2022 - 26.6.2022
World Press Photo 22 | 6.5.2022 - 6.6.2022

The National Museum is showing the best press photographs from Switzerland and around the world, allowing visitors a contemplative glimpse behind the headlines.

Press photographers are the eyes of the global public. In the two exhibitions “World Press Photo 2022” and “Swiss Press Photo 22”, the best global and national press images of the past year are on display. The exhibitions allow visitors to step outside the usually frenetic pace of world events and take a moment to quietly contemplate them, to observe and reflect on these events from new and unfamiliar perspectives.

While “Swiss Press Photo” presents around 90 pictures in the existing categories of News, Daily Life, Swiss Stories, People, Sports and World, the format of “World Press Photo” has changed this year. To avoid too much emphasis on Western perspectives, the competition has been reorganised into six regional qualifying rounds. These regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America and Southeast Asia / Oceania – now have their own jury, which selects the winners for each region. The winners are then judged by a global panel, to select the four overall winners.

There has also been a change to the categories in the “World Press Photo” exhibition. There are now only four categories, but they are thematically open: single-exposure photographs (Singles), stories made up of 3-10 single-exposure photographs (Stories), projects on a single theme containing between 24 and 30 single-exposure photographs (Long-Term Projects), and the new category Open Format, which allows a mixture of photographs with various media such as illustrations, videos, animations or music. The exhibition presents around 120 photographs from the winning projects.

Images

Photos and further press material on Swiss Press Photo are available at swisspressaward.ch.

Photos and further press material on Words Press Photo are available at worldpressphoto.org.

Swiss National Museum press contact

+41 44 218 66 63 medien@nationalmuseum.ch

Partner

“World Press Photo 2022” is an exhibition of the World Press Photo Foundation: www.worldpressphoto.org.