CCCB :: World Press Photo 2010 – Pietro Masturzo wins premier award

Photographic Social Vision presents the most important event in international photojournalism, the exhibit of award-winning photos World Press Photo 2010

The foundation Photographic Social Vision organizes for the sixth consecutive year the International exhibit World Press Photo.  The show, which includes the 170 award-winning photos in this prestigious annual contest, will be on display in the Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture from November 4th until December 8th, 2010.  Ticket sales from the 2009 edition have enabled the organizers to offer for yet another year the best of international photojournalism in Barcelona.

Photographic Social Vision presents for the sixth consecutive year the exhibit World Press Photo to the Barcelona public. The traveling exhibit, which reached 35,000 visitors in Barcelona in 2009, is considered worldwide to be the most important in photojournalism because of the quality of photography and the debate and criticism that the presented work generates. It provides an occasiontosee the social, political, cultural and sport-related events from the last year through the eyes of the current best photojournalists, at the same time that it gives these photojournalists the opportunity to present work frequently censured by governments and the media.

Exhibit World Press Photo

The winning photograph from the current edition, from the Italian Pietro Masturzo, immortalizes the women on the roofs of apartment buildings in Tehran protesting the presidential election results in June, 2009.  It is a suggestive image that invites the viewer to discover the story behind it slowly, even though as the author confesses, it was not easy to get published given the reticence of Italian and international editors.  It is a story often repeated by other photographers in the exhibit.

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The 170 winning photos in the contest enable the public to be informed about the state of the world.  The show stands out for its esthetic excellence, informative quality, sensitivity and honesty.

In the words of Silvia Omedes, Director of Photographic Social Vision, “Our foundation celebrates the consolidation of the exhibit in the cultural calendar of Barcelona because it demonstrates the growing public interest in alternative sources of information.”

For yet another year, the international independent jury formed of 19 members has chosen the winning images from a vast array of participants including photojournalists, press agencies and newspapers from around the world.  In the 2010 edition of World Press Photo, 5,847 photographers participated (among which 195 were Spanish) from 128 countries, with 101,960 images submitted in 10 categories: People in the News, Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Arts and Entertainment, Sports Action, Sports Feature, Nature and Portraits.


Photographic Social Vision, the organizing entity for the exhibit in Barcelona, is a private non-profit foundation that this year is able to bring World Press Photo 2010 to Barcelona through ticket sales, just as it did with the 2009 edition.  During the last nine years, the foundation has managed the creation, production and exposition of photojournalist reports and audiovisuals with the objective to inform and create consciousness in society about social realities and problems that receive little attention, and as such encourage public interest in photojournalism.  Photographic Social Vision is well known for its coverage of social issues via documentary photography.  DOMESTIC, the latest exhibit created and realized by Photographic Social Vision in April of 2010 in the Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid is a clear demonstration of this.

The Dutch foundation World Press Photo has been supporting international photojournalism for more than 50 years, and is the organizer of the most prestigious annual contest for photojournalism.  The World Press Photo exhibit is shown annually in more than 80 cities in 40 countries, and is visited by more than 2 million people worldwide.  These images educate us, impact us, and above all else they invite us to reflect upon our society.  As a result, World Press Photo is an exhibit that communicates values, that generates public opinion year after year through the multiple points of view on surprising and remarkable situations that are selected.

World Press Photo 2010
From November 4 to December 8
Opening: November 3 at 19:30 – CCCB Hall

Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB)
C/ Montalegre 5
08001 Barcelona

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