Special exhibition

Migration in the 21st Century: Visual perspectives from the World Press Photo Contest archive

19 February 2022 to  20 March 2022
Liberty Square, Novi Sad, Serbia

The World Press Photo Foundation and Novi Sad European Capital of Culture present a selection of stories of migration and forced displacement from the 21st Century, awarded in the World Press Photo contests from 2000 to 2021.

In 2020, there were 281 million migrants in the world. That is 128 million more than in 1990, and over three times the estimated number in 1970, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Clearly, migration and forced displacement rank high among the most significant issues facing the world today.

The UNHCR defines 'forced displacement' as people displaced ‘as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations’. People may also be driven from their homes by natural disasters and by poverty. This exhibition explores the different motivations people have for embarking on often dangerous journeys to seek safety or a better life. The photographs show the power of visual storytelling to create mutual understanding, and to shape or change our views. 

Event information

Outside exhibition
Liberty Square
Novi Sad, Serbia

Free entry

Organization details


Images credits (top to bottom, left to right): John Stanmeyer, VII, for National Geographic; Alessandro Digaetano, Polaris Images; Pieter Ten Hoopen, Agence VU/Civilian Act.