The exhibition with the 140 photographs winning the 62nd edition of the World Press Photo is inaugurated today at 18:00 and opens to the public on Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.
In this exhibition, which opens today for guests only, the largest international prize for photojournalism will be exhibited by 43 photographers from 25 countries, according to Visão magazine, which organizes the exhibition in partnership with Fundação World Press Photo.
Among the winners is the image of the Portuguese photojournalist Mário Cruz, awarded in the Environment category, with the title “Living Among What’s Left Behind”, the result of a project developed in a personal community in Manila, Philippines, living without sanitation and surrounded by garbage.
The winning image shows a child picking up recyclable materials lying on a mattress surrounded by trash that floats on the Pasig River, declared biologically dead in the 1990s.
As for the World Press Photo 2019 year photo, it is written by the American John Moore and was captured on June 12, 2018, showing a Honduran girl crying when her mother is searched and detained near the border of the United States with Mexico, in McAllen, Texas.
The image, which earned the American photographer a prize of 10,000 euros, was a cover of Time magazine and generated a challenge to the program of US President Donald Trump regarding the separation of immigrant families.
The winning photos will be exhibited at the former Riding School of the College of Nobles, the National Museum of Natural History and Science, until May 19, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. according to the organization.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the public can, in addition to visiting the main exhibition, participate in free photography talks and workshops with photographers such as Arlindo Camacho, Isabel Saldanha, Luís Barra, Mário Cruz, Gonçalo F. Santos, and Nuno Sá.
The photojournalist Mário Cruz, who in 2016 had already won the first place in the contemporary themes category with work on child slavery in Senegal, will be on Saturday, April 27, the conversation with a restricted number of visitors to the exhibition, from 15:00.
The project of Mario Cruz poured into a book, can also be seen in an exhibition until May 26 at Palácio Anjos in Algés.
Created in 1955 by the homonymous, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the World Press Photo competition annually awards “photographs that give the public the crucial issues and moments of fracturing, which mark the current situation of peoples and societies across the world, and which have repercussions across borders, with consequences on a global scale, “stresses the organization of the exhibition.