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World Press Photo Exhibition 2021

WORLD PRESS PHOTO Exhibition 2021
SpazioReale, Monte Carasso


Described as the most important event in photojournalism by The New York Times, the traveling World Press Photo Exhibition stops every year in more than 100 cities in 45 countries around the world, and is visited by 4 million people. With some 140 photographs on display, the exhibition is the 'product' of one of the most important photojournalism contests in the world, which has been rewarding the best professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers since 1955.

Reflecting the international nature of the competition, the World Press Photo Exhibition captures the many facets of the world we live in, stimulating visitors to reflect on contemporary reality.

In its 2021 edition, the World Press Photo Contest has chosen to award Mads Nissen's work "The First Embrace".

Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem nursing home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 5 August 2020. This was the first hug Rosa had received in five months. In March, nursing homes across the country had closed their doors to all visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing millions of Brazilians from visiting their elderly relatives. Caregivers were ordered to keep physical contact with vulnerable people to an absolute minimum. At Viva Bem, a simple invention, 'The Hug Tent', allowed people to hug each other again.
The new coronavirus had first appeared in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, and by January 2020 had begun to spread worldwide. On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The disease - transmitted mainly through close contacts, respiratory droplets and aerosols - could be fatal, and people over 70 are one of the groups considered most vulnerable to the disease. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, dismissed claims about the severity of the pandemic and the danger posed by the virus, undermined state-level quarantine measures and encouraged Brazilians to keep working to keep the economy afloat. Brazil ended 2020 with one of the worst records globally in dealing with the virus, with an estimated 7.7 million reported cases and 195,000 deaths.



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