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,
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
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