The world’s most powerful images on display

The winning image by Warren Richardson - a powerful picture featuring refugees crossing through border fencing from Serbia into Hungary.
The winning image by Warren Richardson - a powerful picture featuring refugees crossing through border fencing from Serbia into Hungary.

A free exhibition featuring the best examples of photojournalism from across the globe is to go on display at the Scottish Parliament this summer.

The World Press Photo exhibition showcases some of the most moving and thought provoking images taken over the course of 2015, from categories ranging from general news to sports, nature and people.

The exhibition will include the winning image by Australian, Warren Richardson, a powerful picture featuring refugees crossing through border fencing from Serbia into Hungary.

The exhibition is organised by the World Press Photo Foundation, a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe.

The Foundation was formed in 1955, when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to expose their work to international colleagues.

That annual contest has since grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, and the exhibition it produces is seen by four million people worldwide each year.

This year sees the event led by Francis Khon, director of photography at Agence France-Presse (AFP), the jury awarded the overall prize to Australian photographer Warren Richardson for his powerful image of refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgos (Serbia) and Roszke (Hungary).

Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, said: “This outstanding exhibition highlights the contribution of photojournalism to news reporting throughout the world.

“More than ever in this age of online and social media, photojournalism brings us stories quicker and with greater impact than any other medium.

“World Press Photo has previously attracted visitors to the Parliament in their tens of thousands and I’m sure this year will be no different.”

The images will be on display at Holyrood from Wednesday, June 29 to Saturday 23 July.

For more details, visit here world press photo