World Press Photo Foundation Opens First Exhibition in Myanmar

Visitors to the World Press Photo 15 exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar. (© World Press Photo)

The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to announce the opening of its first exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar, during the Yangon Photo Festival, to be held 19 - 31 March.

The foundation works to develop and promote quality visual journalism because people deserve to see their world and express themselves freely. Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever, and quality visual journalism is essential for the accurate and independent reporting that makes these freedoms possible.

One of the foundation’s new strategies to help secure these freedoms involves presenting the annual exhibition in countries where these rights are in jeopardy. Several exhibitions will open this year in countries with low rankings on the World Press Freedom Index. Future mission-driven exhibitions will be announced when they are confirmed, but the current schedule can be found here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/exhibitions

The first of these exhibitions is the World Press Photo 15 exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar. Organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Myanmar, it will be held in the Institut Français de Birmanie as part of the Yangon Photo Festival, which runs from 19 - 31 March 2016.

The World Press Photo Foundation award
On 19 March 2016, during the Yangon Festival’s award night, Oswald Schwirtz, Chairman of the World Press Photo Foundation's supervisory board will be presenting one photographer with the World Press Photo Foundation award, sponsored by KLM and Unilever. This award is given to a professional photographer from Myanmar for his work and contribution to visual journalism. The winner will be flown to Amsterdam to participate in the World Press Photo Awards Days, taking place on 22-23 April 2016.

Posted March 18 2016

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism and visual storytelling. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and digital storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.