World Press Photo Exhibition in Hanoi, connecting people through visual stories


Hanoi, 6 December 2019 - The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 presents the best visual journalism of the year, and returns to Hanoi after the successful exhibition in 2018.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 can be visited for free from 6 to 15 December 2019 at Le Thai To street side of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. This travelling exhibition shows the winners of the 2019 World Press Photo Contest and is brought back to Hanoi with the support of Hanoi People’s Committee, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hanoi and MatCa Foundation.

This exhibition will be officially opened today by the Chairman of People’s Committee of Hanoi H.E. Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, H.E. Mrs. Elsbeth Akkerman and World Press Photo Foundation representative Ms. Sanne Schim-van der Loeff.

The annual photo contest awards photographers for the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism. It is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers.

This year, the contest saw 4,738 photographers from 129 countries enter 78,801 images. An independent jury comprising leading photography professionals selected the winning pictures and the stories that matter.

The 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees are 43 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. Of these nominees, 14 photographers are women (32%), which means a significant increase from the 2018 Photo Contest, when 12% of the nominees were female photographers.

Paul Moakley, editor at large for Special Projects at TIME and 2019 Photo Contest jury member: “World Press Photo has the great task of drawing the world’s attention to the stories that matter, each year.”

The three nominees for the new World Press Photo Story of the Year award are: The Lake Chad Crisis by Marco Gualazzini (Italy); The Migrant Caravan by Pieter Ten Hoope (Netherlands/Sweden); and Yemen Crisis by Lorenzo Tugnoli (Italy).

The independent jury also shortlisted six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year: Victims of an Alleged Gas Attack Receive Treatment in Eastern Ghouta by Mohammed Badra (Syria); Almajiri Boy by Marco Gualazzini (Italy), in the ‘Environment’ category; Being Pregnant After FARC Child-Bearing Ban by Catalina Martin-Chico (France/Spain), in the ‘Contemporary Issues’ category; The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi by Chris McGrath (Australia), in the ‘General News’ category; Crying Girl on the Border by John Moore (United States), in the ‘Spot News’ category, and Akashinga - the Brave Ones by Brent Stirton (South Africa), in the ‘Environment’ category.

The jury also nominated three single images and three stories in each of the eight categories of the 2019 Photo Contest: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News, and Sports.

The 2019 Exhibition and Guided Tours

The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of the year and seen by more than 4 million people worldwide. In Vietnam, the World Press Photo exhibition 2019 is for the first time held in a public space, open for everyone to visit. On Saturday 7 and 14 December and Sunday 8 and 15 December, free guided tours are organized at 10 AM and 2.30 PM for all people who are interested in learning more about the stories behind the pictures.

World Press Photo side events 7-8 December

Next to the Exhibition and Guided Tours, the organisers prepared a series of free public side-events at MatCa Photography Space to support the capacity building of Vietnamese photographers. On Sunday night, successful regional photographers will talk about their work. One of them is Maika Elan, who is the first Vietnamese photographer to win the first prize in the category of Contemporary Issues. With her photo collection “The Pink Choice”, Maika tells a story about same-sex couples in Vietnam. The other two speakers are Yoppy Pieter from Indonesia and Linh Pham from Vietnam, who both participated in the 6x6 Global Talent Program from World Press Photo Foundation.

Information on the side events can be found on Mat Ca event page:

For more information please contact:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam
Ms. Pham Hong Van – Senior Communication Officer
Address: 7th floor, BIDV tower, 194 Tran Quang Khai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Tel: (84-24) 3935 2919 | Fax: (84-24) 3831 5655