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World Press Photo Comes To Lima

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Take a free trip around the world at the World Press Photo’s exhibition in Lima. The exhibition of award-winning photos is taking place now through July 27, 2018 at Larcomar’s Sala de Arte Moderno in Miraflores.

73,000 images were sent in by 4,548 photographers, each telling its own visual journalistic story of 2018 throughout the world.

In eight different categories, the jury selected 48 winning photographers whose prize-winning photos are now traveling around the globe. This remarkable exhibition is your free ticket to travel from Venezuela to Myanmar, the channels of Amsterdam to London, UK, and more.

The exhibition showcases strong, powerful images—some telling utterly sad stories, others bringing you hope and wonder; but, do expect to be overwhelmed by the power of these pictures—in a good way that is!

All images can be seen in the spacious ‘Sala de Arte Moderno’ at the Lacromar Mall until the 27th of July.

World Press Photo Is on a Mission to Support Visual Storytelling

Opening speech by Wiebe de Boer, Ambassador of the Dutch Embassy (Photo: Cissy van der Meer)

Wiebe de Boer, Dutch Ambassador in Lima, reflects on how as a young man he saw many images of the fight for democracy and freedom experienced in Latin America. The World Press Photo aims to bring images with a storytelling power to the forefront of photography and make people stop, think, feel, and act.

‘Act’ is one of the common underlying themes found in many of the selected images at the exhibition, including the winning image of the protests in Venezuela. (Rather than share that image here, we urge you to go and see it for yourself!)

Curator Babette Warendorf mentioned that a new category was added this year: Environment. She also noted that the World Press Photo organization is looking forward to receiving more submissions from Latin-American based photographers next year. We are too!

My Personal Impressions of the Exhibition

At art exhibitions, I love to walk around for a first glance at the art, mentally making my ‘top 3’ list. Then, slowly, I make a second round—this time reading the captions. At this exhibition, the captions are written in Spanish and English and are well worth the read as they tell the interesting stories behind the images.

What Else?

Can you bring your kids? Yes, you can. However, take into account the advice at the entrance from the organizers:

“This exhibition contains graphic material and subject matter that some visitors may find disturbing. It is strongly recommended that adults accompany and supervise children while visiting this exhibition.”

Are you a Travel & Living in Peru reader who is not living in Peru? Check out World Press Photo’s website to see if there is an exhibition coming to a location near you: World Press Photo – Exhibitions

All photos appearing in this post were taken by Cissy van der Meer, the author.

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Cissy is a photo-journalist who loves exploring, enjoys culinary adventures and talking to everyone about their personal passions. Born and raised in Holland, she picked up her camera and started traveling after graduating with a degree in Marketing Communication. You can view Cissy's work at amaraphotos (amaraphotos.com) and catch up with her travel blogs at JurciTravel (jurcitravel.com).