The Château of Prangins has just officially opened two new exhibitions to the public: Best Swiss Press photographs 2016 and World Press Photo 2016. This year as in previous years, there is a fascinating and interesting selection of photos, from the photo of a man holding up a bed sheet in front of the rear entrance to a hotel in Zurich (in an attempt to hide someone from the public gaze), to the photographic reportage on the inhabitants of a new town built close to the contaminated zone of Chernobyl. This latter photo won first prize in the Swiss Press Photo 16 for Geneva based photographer Niels Ackermann.
For the World Press Photo 2016 almost 6,000 photographers sent in their work from over 128 countries and the jury selected the overall winning image “Hope for a new life” by Australian photographer Warren Richardson. Taken at night on 28 August 2015, this picture shows a refugee passing a child through a barbed wire fence between Serbia and Hungary.
Sanne Schim van der Loeff, the project manager of the current touring exhibition explained that each year there is often a common theme that emerges when photographers send through their work, unsurprisingly refugee issues was the main topic that materialised in the press photos of the recent year.
Amongst the other categories there are some stunning photos, check out the photo of the turquoise panther chameleon entered under the “Nature” category, this was taken by Christian Ziegler of Germany for National Geographic or the extraordinary night image of an erupting volcano in Mexico by Sergio Tapiro.
Important note: the World Press photo exhibition will only be displayed in Prangins until the 11th December 2016, the Swiss Press photo exhibition will stay at the château until the 26th February 2017.