In conjunction with the Sony World Photography Award, WPO hosted a weekend of panel discussions, bringing spotlight on a number of photographic industries. Saturday featured talks on the craft of Photojournalism and working for an NGO – both lively and informative.
During an hour gap between the two discussions, I made use of a discounted entry (not worth the full £7,50 – sorry) and had a speedy look at at the award exhibition. As always, it brings together a kaleidoscope of imagery that would never meet under other circumstances – from investigative journalism and breathtaking scenery to poorly executed and badly doctored portraits and travel snapshots – you name it.
Nonetheless, Andrea Gjestvang‘s project One Day in History looking at the consequences of the tragic evens of the 22nd July 2011 in Norway is a recipient of L’Iris d’Or award and an absolute gem of the show that makes the rest of it worth seeing.
Other highlights included Fausto Podavani‘s Mirella, Daesung Lee‘s On the shore of a vanishing island and Spencer Murphy‘s campaign portfolio – my three favorites.
Finally, always a pleasure to see familiar places and the work a fellow Latvian photographer Reinis Hofmanis.