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Some of the world's most heartbreaking images of the year will be exhibited at the National Museum this month

It's like the Oscars of photojournalism.

By Tay Shi Ting | Mar 06, 2017

  • Some of the world's most heartbreaking images of the year will be exhibited at the National Museum this month
    Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis. Photo credit: Sergey Ponomarev

The annual World Press Photo exhibition is back for its fourth edition in Singapore from Mar 3-26, showcasing 145 of the most compelling and devastating news photographs selected out of 82,000 submissions at National Museum of Singapore. Besides the exhibition, there will also be a series of talks from the one of the judges, Yumi Goto, a Tokyo-based independent photography curator and editor; winning photographers like Warren Richardson, an Eastern Europe-based photojournalist who won last year's World Press Photo of the Year; and Kazuma Obara, a partner photographer of Swiss photo agency Keystone (his images have been published on BBC, CNN and The Guardian). Photojournalists from The Straits Times like Neo Xiaobin and Caroline Chia, who are showcasing their images at the exhibition, will be giving talks as well. Take a look at the 10 photographs below to get an idea of what you'll be seeing at the exhibition. 

Adriane Ohanesian, USA

The Forgotten Mountains of Sudan

A seven year-old boy Adam Abdel badly burned by a bomb dropped by a government plane in Darfur. Adam was blown out of his house and his clothes caught on fire. 

Anuar Patjane Floriuk, Mexico

Whale Whisperers

This photo captured a humpback whale and her newborn calf swimming near Roca Partida, the smallest island of the Revillagigedo archipelago; a biosphere reserve since 1994 and also a potential UNESCO natural heritage site.

Chen Jie, China, for Beijing News

Tianjin explosion

The aftermath of the massive explosion at a logistic's company container storage station in the Port of Tianjin, China. The explosion was caused by the hazardous chemicals stored in the warehouse and killed 170 people in the nearby vicinity because they did not follow the safety regulation to keep one meter away. 

Corentin Fohlen, France

March Against Terrorism in Paris

Supporters of freedom of speech rally at Place de la Nation in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo shootings. This is the largest public rally since the liberation from the Nazis, with a gathering of about 1.2 million people.

John J. Kim, USA, Chicago Tribune

March Against Police Violence

The photo shows Lamon Reccord and a police sergeant staring each other down during one of the protests against police racial violence. This is after the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald who was brutally shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. 

Mauricio Lima, Brazil, for The New York Times

IS Fighter Treated at Kurdish Hospital

A 16-year old Islamic State fighter Jacob being treated by a doctor in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, in a Y.P.G. hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka, Syria. 

Niclas Hammarstrom, Sweden

Gang related violence

This man was caught in the cross fire of a gang shoot-out between members of the 18th Street gang and their rivals MS13 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, with 7,000 homicides happening each year. 

Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times

Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis

On 16 November 2015, refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece. 

Sergio Tapiro, Mexico

The Power of Nature

Colima Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Pictured here, the photographer has managed to capture it erupting with rock showers, lightning and lava flowing in December 2015. 

Zhang Lei, China, Tianjin Daily

Haze in China

Hazardous smog hovers over Tianjin, the fourth most populated city in China. The situation has already triggered red alerts, forcing schools to stop their classes and people to stay indoors. 

 

Admission is free, and runs from Mar 3-26. Find out more here

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