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World Press Photo exhibition returns to Singapore at the National Museum

Presented by The Straits Times, it will showcase 145 powerful and poignant images from around the world fromJan 29 to Feb 21

Singapore, 21 January 2016 – The annual World Press Photo (WPP) exhibition which attracted over 25,000 visitors in Singapore last year will be back in town from January 29 to February 21. This year, the free exhibition will be held for the first time at the National Museum of Singapore.

Billed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, the global travelling exhibition showcases 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, expressive, and on occasion provocative press images from around the world. 

These photos were shortlisted from 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries for the annual World Press Photo contest. The 58th exhibition itself has travelled to around 100 cities in some 45 countries in a year-long tour.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be photojournalism talks by two award-winning photographers - Pete Muller, an American based in Kenya, Sarker Protick from Bangladesh, and a judge in the World Press Photo competition for 2016, homegrown talent Sim Chi Yin, based in China. The talks are open to the public.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, will officially open the the exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore on Jan 28.

This is the fifth year the exhibition is being held in Singapore. Previous ones were in 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2015. 

The Straits Times is the presenter of this year's WPP Singapore exhibition for the second year running. Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of the English, Malay, Tamil Media Group of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), which publishes The Straits Times, said: "SPH and The Straits Times are pleased to present the latest World Press Photo exhibition which showcases the best work of so many talented photojournalists. I hope the public in Singapore will appreciate the impact these dedicated professionals make to the stories we tell daily in the press." 

Mr Laurens Korteweg, Project Manager for Exhibitions, World Press Photo, said: "The exhibition gives visitors the possibility to easily reflect on the world. You will see everything; from the top news stories, to beautiful daily life impressions to the most outstanding nature photography. This thought provoking experience will leave no one unmoved."
Mr Jan Büttgen, General Manager of The South Beach. the official hotel partner for the Singapore exhibition, said: “The World Press Photo exhibition is a celebration of stories from around the globe told through the camera lens. As a H.I.P. hotel – Highly Individualised People and Places, The South Beach is happy to partner The Straits Times as Official Hotel Partner to pay tribute to the individuals who use visual artistry to highlight global events.”


In conjunction with the World Press Photo exhibition, there will also be an exhibition by The Straits Times. The exhibition pays tribute to the power of the visual image by showcasing its best photojournalism work of 2015. Curated by The Straits Times' Picture Desk, these photographs depict significant moments of an event-filled SG50 Golden Jubilee year, from historic events like Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral to intimate moments such as a baptism at East Coast Park.


As part of its outreach programme, The Straits Times has also lined up the following panel discussion and talks for the public. The sessions will be involve two award-winning photographers from the WPP15 exhibition, a judge from the upcoming WPP16 exhibition, and photojournalists from The Straits Times.

TOPIC: Photojournalism: new era, new forms, new ethics?
Friday, January 29, 7pm
Panellists: Sim Chi Yin, Sarker Protick, Pete Muller
Moderated by Desmond Lim

1. Saturday, Jan 30, 10am
TOPIC: Ground Up: Telling stories from the grassroots  by Sim Chi Yin

2. Saturday, Jan 30, 12pm
TOPIC: Men, Masculinity and Violence. A case study in eastern Congo by Pete Muller

3. Saturday, Jan 30, 2pm
TOPIC: Approach & Engagement by Sarker Protick

4. Saturday, Feb 6, 11am
TOPIC: Shooting Singapore: telling stories about our community by Desmond Lim
TOPIC: Sea, Air, and Land: photographing the SAF's elite by Alphonsus Chern

5. Sunday, Feb 14, 11am
TOPIC: Behind the scenes of disaster reportage by Kevin Lim
TOPIC: Evolution of newspapers photographers by Neo Xiaobin

To register and for more details, go to


Sim Chi Yin
VII Photo Agency
Based in Beijing, China
Judge of World Press Photo 16

Sarker Protick
Member of VII Photo Agency
Faculty at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy 
Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Winner of the 2nd Prize Stories in Daily Life, World Press Photo 15

Pete Muller
Photographer and Researcher
Member of the photo collective, Prime
Based in Nairobi, Kenya
Winner of 1st Prize Stories in General News, World Press Photo 15

Photojournalists from The Straits Times
Desmond Lim
Alphonsus Chern
Kevin Lim
Neo Xiaobin

Every Saturday and Sunday11am and 2pm (Limited to 20pax for each session, registration on-site)


CONTEST: WIN a one-night stay at The South Beach
Head down to the exhibition, take a photo of yourself with the image that has impressed you the most, and tell us why (in less than 50 words).
Send it to by Feb 21, 6pm.
One lucky visitor gets to win a one-night, two-day stay at The South Beach, official hotel for the WPP exhibition in Singapore.


Presented by The Straits Times
Worldwide Sponsor: Canon
Venue Supporter: National Museum of Singapore
Outreach Partners: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Newsplex Asia
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore Press Club
WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers)
Hotel Partner: The South Beach
Logistics Partner: Famous Air & Sea Services Pte Ltd
Publicity Partner: Weber Shandwick
Collateral Partner: Photogenie 
Catering Partner: Purple Sage


January 29 - February 21
National Museum of Singapore
The Concourse (level 1) and The Canyon (basement 1)
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Open daily, 10am - 7pm

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Shahrena Hassan (Ms)
Senior Manager
Editorial Project Unit
English, Malay and Tamil Media Group
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5097

Deror Wong (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226

About The Straits Times 

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of three regional and global networks - Asia News Network, the Climate Publishers Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. 
It swept 11 awards at the Asia Media Awards 2015, including three Gold for Best News Website (, Best Data Visualisation Project and Best Lifestyle Mobile Service, and five Silver. The paper's school outreach initiatives have won regular top awards, which included the 2015 World Young Reader Prize given by Wan-Ifra, and Best Young Reader programme award by Panpa