Since the first World Press Photo contest in 1955, a lot has changed for this Amsterdam based organization. In Amsterdam the World Press Photo exhibition is shown annualy in April – June in the Oude Kerk (Old Church – erected around 1300, situated in the heart of the Red Light District). Almost every year since there has been a contest and a winning image.
Some of the photos have become iconic – a naked girl running after a napalm attack in Vietnam (Nick Ut, 1972); a Buddhist monk who has set himself alight (Malcolm W. Browne, 1963); a sole demonstrator standing in front of tanks on Tiananmen Square (Charlie Cole, 1989) or the Afghan girl with the amazing blue/green eyes peering into the camera (Steve McCurry, 1985). Others have set trends, establishing styles of press photography that can be seen re-emerging in years to come and a lot of them have caused debates and/or political controversy. World Press Photo is the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Prize-winning photographs are assembled into a traveling exhibition that is visited by over two million people in some 45 countries worldwide.