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From 14 September 2018, the WestLicht Gallery will once again host the best press photographs of the year: the touring exhibition of winning images from the prestigious World Press Photo contest will be on display in Vienna’s Westbahn Street until 21 October 2018.

This year’s jury chose the image Venezuela Crisis by Agence France press photographer Ronaldo Schemidt (b. 1971) as the ‘World Press Photo 2018’. The picture was taken on 3 May 2017, when people in Venezuela’s capital of Caracas took to the streets to demonstrate against the constitutional revisions proposed by President Nicolás Maduro. Amidst violent clashes between protestors and the police, the fuel tank of a motorbike exploded, setting fire to 28-year old José Víctor Salazar Balza. He survived the incident with first and second degree burns.

Further topics represented in this year’s contest include the rise of Nationalism in the USA, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, which is often underreported in the Western media, the continuing battles in northern Iraq, and the life of refugees after their arrival in Europe. For the first time, awards were given out in the newly established category Environment, which focuses on man’s impact on our ecosystem.

The showcase marks the 17th time the winning works of the prestigious contest are presented at the WestLicht photo museum.

As icons of contemporary history, the selected images and photo series form a unique retrospective of the political, social, natural and cultural developments of the past year.

For further information visit WestLicht – Schauplatz für Fotografie
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