Kigali, 10 June 2021 - The Embassy of the Netherlands and the Delegation of the European Union in Rwanda in cooperation with the City of Kigali are pleased to launch the 64th World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 in Kigali, on Thursday 10 June.
The exhibition will display award-winning photographs by international journalists in the past year. The show reflects on a year during which the COVID-19 pandemic, global social justice movements, armed conflicts and natural phenomena have fundamentally changed the world. The aim of the exhibition is thus to encourage the public to reflect on contemporary issues and events happening around the world.
Nicola Bellomo, Ambassador of the European Union in Rwanda, said: “We are pleased to bring this 64th exhibit of award-winning photos to Kigali as part of a world-wide tour, and show how journalists from all corners of the world have seen and lived the last year. Journalists are important stakeholders in society; they play a crucial role in reporting what happens, and illustrating what moves people. By providing information to citizens, journalists and the media do the groundwork for accountability”. “By bringing the exhibition to Kigali today not only do we show these works to a Rwandan audience, but World Press Photo actually hopes to reach Rwandan and African photographers and induce them to participate in next year’s competition.” Said Matthijs Wolters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda.
A side exhibition organised with the City of Kigali will also celebrate the work of seven local Rwandan photographers. The exposition will run for three weeks at the freshly renovated car-free zone and is open to the public free of charge.
Background on World Press Photo
Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is a Dutch independent, non-profit organization aiming to celebrate visual storytelling and the importance of photojournalism in capturing issues and events. Every year, the World Press Photo Jury selects the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year, which demonstrate a particular focus on a theme of social importance.