Let’s check the World Press Photo 2021 Exhibition at the Singapore National Museum with a visit and walkthrough. The annual global traveling photographic exhibitions comprises of judged entries by an independent jury for the past year in press. For the 2022 exhibition, this include photographs you might remember from the last year in 2021 seen on news media local and abroad. Also, since 2015 the photo exhibition was first hosted at Raffles Hotel Singapore as an open free exhibition 7 years ago. It was in 2016 where it had been held at the Museum ever since.

Welcome to the World Press Photo 2021 Exhibition at the Singapore National Museum!
Welcome to the World Press Photo 2021 Exhibition at the Singapore National Museum.

A global traveling photo exhibition

In a nutshell, the World Press Photo competition event is a press photography contest and showcase. It has its roots since 1955 as means to recognize and award the efforts and the best photojournalism and documentary photography. Also, this 2021 exhibition started on display in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 24 Jun, 2021 with the current exhibition tour on display Singapore from 15th of this month to 6th Feb 2022. Moreover, for the Singapore league of it 2021 edition, the exhibition is held at the National Museum of Singapore.

Open galleries within the 2nd glass roof floor of the National Museum World Press Photo 2021
Open galleries within the 2nd glass roof floor of the National Museum.

In addition, the exhibition for this year is situated on the museum’s second (level 2 glass atrium) and basement floor (the canyon). The exhibition follows through a familiar layout we seen from the past year and beyond. Also, entry to these open galleries are free. You see a familiar layout of free standing card-backed stands with the photos pasted on them lining the open galleries.

First Embrace by Rosa Luzia Lunardi World press photo of the year covering the pandemic
First Embrace by Rosa Luzia Lunardi World press photo of the year covering the pandemic.

Documenting key 2021 event in photos

Notable photos includes The First Embrace by Rosa Luzia Lunardi. It captures nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza embracing a patient at Viva Bem care home, at São Paulo, Brazil. Also, you can find captivating and emotional photos from the destruction of the port explosion in Beirut, one caused by improper storage of impounded violate fertilizer chemicals.

Beirut Explosion aftermath press coverage showing the city destruction
Beirut Explosion aftermath press coverage showing the city destruction.

Additionally, with the pandemic lock down in hand, it is not uncommon to see cute photo stories such as a journalist’s entertaining story at home by visiting feral pigeons.

Visual moments
Pigeon
Locust attack

Furthermore, there were environmental shots, though not much of animal action shots. There is one of a farmer defending his crops from a locust invasion in East Africa. Notably, the number of world press photos is considerably lower this year. The lesser variety of photos could be due to the current travel lock down and restrictions globally.

Costumes
Unrest
Babies

This probably could had been the reason for the lower photo yield this year. Also, there are some coverage on trench warfare during the Ukraine-Russian conflict, as well as the competition Nature series with a Sea lion swimming with trash in the sea.

Nature series of World Press Photo 2021 featuring a sea lion at Monterey, California, United State photographed by Ralph Pace
Nature series of World Press Photo 2021 featuring a sea lion at Monterey, California, United State photographed by Ralph Pace.

Straits times photo exhibition

In addition to the World Press Photos exhibition is the Straits times photo exhibition too. The focus for the Straits Times photos exhibition for this year covers mostly environmental related photos. Examples include coverage on the heartland Floods during last year’s rainy season, as well as conservation efforts and Green initiatives. Also, you can find several aerial photographs of solar installation all over Singapore. This include those on land, housing rooftops and even the vast floating ones of the various Singapore reservoirs.

Singapore Straits Time Through the Lens photo gallery covering the Local floods
Singapore Straits Time Through the Lens photo gallery covering the Local floods.

Moreover, the galleries are open and nicely spaced out, probably as part of the COIVD-19 distancing measures in place. Also, the museum is a popular spot with safe-distancing ambassadors.

Basement canyon galleries covering the remainder half of the photo galleries
Basement canyon galleries covering the remainder half of the photo galleries.

All in all, you be good for both the Straits Times and World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 for about 60 to 90 minutes. This is especially if you wish to check out all the photos and captions in person. Also, the galleries opening hours are tied to the museum’s 10am to 7pm daily. The Singapore exhibitions from now till 13th Feb, 2022, where it would head to the Netherlands in Helmond following after as part of the world-wide tour.

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