May 15, 2009

World Press Photo 09

As some of you (who follow my work:) might already know I received Second Prize at the WPP for my coverage of War over South Ossetia in 2008.

On May 1-3 I was in Amsterdam on the Official Award Ceremony-and it was very interesting-especially to see work and meet other photographers which for various reasons but with all their hearts- and stubbornly!-continue to telling stories with their cameras.

I was able to go to Amsterdam thanks to support from European Cultural Foundation and their STEPbeyond travel grant.

Also big thanks for WPP team-I was amazed (and still am )how smooth ,well and efficient the whole competition and Award Ceremony were organized.

And biggest thank you is for all the people which during the war decided to share their story with me and let me to photograph them- as I was only a channel to pass their stories further.

And as I was many times before wondering how judges are able to go thru thousands and thousands of photos I wanted to share that video with you-as I imagined you was wondering about that as well.

Video  is a speech given by Steven Mayes (managing director of VII Photo agency) who -if I am correct with exact title - was secretary of the WPP Jury for many years. On the background of his speech he projected photos he took during those years of working with the Judges.


Lourdes said...

thanks! it is a shame that it is almost impossible to understand what he's saying. maybe a prob of my computer??

Justyna said...

lourdesjan-try using headphones:)-believe me- speech is worth the effort:)