Let’s check the World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition. For the Singapore league of it 2020 edition, the exhibition is held at the National museum of Singapore. In a nutshell, the event is a press photography contest and showcase.

Into its 63rd annual run. It saw contributions from 4282 photographers from 125 countries worldwide. Amazingly, more than 73,996 photographs reviewed as part of the selection process by an independent jury.

World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Also, the photo exhibition runs for a limited time frame from 16 Jan 2021 to 07 Feb 2021. You might remember it from our previous visits sometime back where the event used to run at Raffles Hotel. For the last 5 years at least, the event had been held at the Level 1 Concourse of the Singapore National museum run by the National heritage board.

Members of the public checking out stories which mattered, a recollection from the past year of press photos
Members of the public checking out stories which mattered, a recollection from the past year of press photos.

Moreover, the event it is split between two locations in the museum’s main lobby and the museum’s canyon basement at basement one. Both areas are wheelchair accessible. Entry to the photo exhibition is free.

National Museum basement canyon gallery World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition
National Museum basement canyon gallery, where the other half of the exhibition continues from the ground floor.

Showcasing the stories that matter

The World Press photos exhibition showcases stories that matter over the past year. Usually it revolves about topics and events of significant global impact and interest. Also, notable photos includes those of the Hong Kong Unrest by Nicolas Asfouri. There is also a photo journal on a story on the poverty among Algeria youths. These photos are laid on large A1 free-standing standees in the museum open atrium and lit by a mix of natural skylight and interior lighting.

Covid-19 life
Empty supermarket shelves
Hong kong

Additionally, the photos are not in its way as graphic as that of the previous year, but it is still one which could be distributing to some. Examples include emotional crash scenes from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash.

Soccer fans rejoicing
Soccer fans rejoicing.

Interestingly, there are also notable photographs covering the American white house, such as those of Donald trump. There are however, just photographs of mentions of his undoing. It could imply the rift between the outgoing president and the press. Additional areas of interest this year includes current issues. There is an emphasis of COVID-19 events, as well as major unrest around the world, such as environment wildlife.

Photos on the wall
Fisherman life
Environment

Local Photography showcase

Additionally, in addition to the World Press photos exhibition is a local focus. Here, iconic Photos of the Straits Times (Singapore’s local English paper) are showcased too. Also, this follows the similar layout of the previous world press photo exhibition with the start of the exhibition flaunted by local community photographs brought to you by the Singapore Press Holdings.

Straits Times local photography showcase at the World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition
Straits Times local photography showcase at the World Press Photo 2020 Exhibition.

Titled: Through the Lens, on display are mostly notable local COVID-19 scenes of everyday life. This is as seen in the papers as a recollection of the past year events. Also, the local exhibition also includes talks and discussions with local Straits time photo journalists on their take and memories of their work for the past year.

Singapore covid-19 community scenes
Singapore covid-19 community scenes.

All in all, you be good for both the local and World press photos for an hour at at most an hour and half if you wish to check out all the photos and captions in the flesh. Do so before mid-February, as the exhibition only runs till then. The exhibition is open daily from 10am – 7pm, with last admission at 6.30pm.

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