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Photos from world events on display

By NICK JOHNSON
Published March 20, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG - The last stop for the 2006 World Press Photo Exhibition, an international tour composed of works by some of the best professional press photographers in the world, is the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

The exhibit includes about 200 photos that were chosen from 80,000-plus submissions by professional photojournalists from more than 120 countries.

The winning photos are part of 14 different sets that have simultaneously toured more than 100 cities around the world. St. Petersburg is the last stop this year.

The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Saturday.

The photos are in 10 categories, from natural disasters to sports. They represent current world issues, including the photo of the year, which takes place in an emergency feeding camp in Niger.

Other topics include the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a ballet school in Moldova.

World Press Photo is a nonprofit organization that holds the contest every year. The work is judged by an international panel of 14 professionals in the field.

Maarten Koets, head of the education department at World Press Photo, said judges are selected from various countries and backgrounds, such as photo curators and editors, to provide balanced judging.

"We try to involve the whole photojournalism community in it," Koets said.

Once the winning photos are selected, the tour begins - in shopping malls, train stations, museums and anywhere else the public will be able to view them.

World Press Photo also provides training and courses in photojournalism.

Koets said they focus on developing countries that can benefit from the training and have markets that can sustain the press photographers.

The exhibit will coincide with the Poynter Institute's "Compelling Photojournalism" seminar and hosting of the National Press Photographers Association's best of photojournalism judging.

"We were looking to create an environment to celebrate excellence in photojournalism," said Kenny Irby, visual journalism group leader and diversity director at Poynter and the man responsible for bringing the exhibit to the institute, which owns the St. Petersburg Times.

This is the first time the World Press Photo Exhibition has come to Florida.

It spent two weeks at the University of Miami School of Communication before the two at Poynter. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a grant for the exhibit.

Irby said he is working with Koets to make the Poynter Institute a regular stop for the World Press Photo Exhibition, which will begin its tour of the 2007 exhibit in April.

Nick Johnson can be reached at nickjohnson@sptimes.com or 727 893-8215.

If you go

World Press Photo Exhibition

When: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Saturday.

Where: The Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg.

Cost: Free.

Information: 1-888-769-6837.

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