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World Press Photo 2002 - Royal Festival Hall


Preview: Jack Foley

The best press photographs of world events in 2002

WORLD Press Photo, the most prestigious annual press photography contest in the world, is now open at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring an extraordinary range of over 200 award-winning press images, covering the main news events of 2002.

Attracting 53,597 entries, from 3,913 photographers, from 118 countries worldwide, this year's exhibition provides a powerful snapshot of world events during 2002, from the sieges in Moscow and Bethlehem to the refugee crisis in Sierra Leone and the religious riots in Gujarat.

The overall winning entry is by Armenian-American photographer, Eric Grigorian.

Taken on June 23, 2002, the black and white photograph focuses on a young boy surrounded by soldiers and villagers digging graves for victims of that morning's earthquake.

Clinging to his dead father's trousers, he squats by the grave where his father is about to be buried.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck the Qazvin province of Northwest Iran, killed more than 500 people in 12 villages.

Other winners include Sarah Leen's photo of a skin prosthetics silicon mask (above), which won 2nd Prize in the Science and Technology Singles category, and Bruce Davidson's haunting portrait of Al Pacino.

World Press Photo, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Level 2 Foyer; admission free. Until Sunday, June 1.

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX. Main Switchboard, open from: 9am to 9pm; Tel: 020 7921 0600; Fax: 020 7928 0063

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