Sunday, August 19, 2007

CIC World Press Photo 2007 Awards Exhibition

Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in collaboration with the World Press Photo Foundation and with the patronage of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Cairo has brought the World Press Photo 2007 Awards Exhibition to Cairo.

It has been taking place for three weeks at the El-Sawy Culture Wheel, open to the public starting 10 August 2007 from 9am to 8 pm.

The traveling exhibition is shown each year at about 90 venues in 40 countries all over the world, and is considered the most prestigious news photography display. As an historical document, the exhibition contains the world’s main events of 2006. The 2007 edition of the World Press Photo exhibit brings almost 200 prizewinning images, results of a worldwide press photography annual contest, with the submission of 78,083 images from 4,460 professional photographers in 124 countries.

The pictures are amazing. We quite enjoyed a walk across all the pictures. The tags are very descriptive, so you don't have to rack your brains trying to figure out what has been captured in the picture. The Nature (Animal world) section was my favourite.The Sports pictures have also captured motion brilliantly. The Pictures of the war are truly horrifying to anyone with a tender heart.

My only wish is if they could have arranged the pictures by grouping the same category in sequential order instead of scattering them all around. It would have made it easier to compare and contrast styles & techniques.

If you don't have the time to actually visit the exhibition, the pictures can also be viewed online at

But I highly recommend visiting el Sawy to see the photos.

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