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Through The Lens - Photo exhibitions by The Straits Times and World Press Photo open on 5 October

Singapore, 1 October 2019 - A heart-wrenching image of a Honduran toddler crying as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials in Texas, USA; a photo series documenting the largest migrant caravan of some 7,000 people leaving San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and an angry protester in Hong Kong smashing the glass pane of a government building during a violent pro-democracy demonstration on 1 July, 2019.

These provocative and compelling images which captured two big news developments of journalistic importance in 2018 and 2019 connect the world to important issues and are among some 250 images and 45 videos which will be featured in Through The Lens, a showcase of two photo exhibitions presented by The Straits Times.

The visual showcase, which runs at the National Museum of Singapore from 5 to 27 October, celebrates the best in news and feature photography, and puts a spotlight on the stories that matter.

Through The Lens will feature:

  • The Straits Times Photo Exhibition featuring 100 images captured by ST photojournalists in 2018 and 2019. Some of the best videos produced by its photojournalists and video team will also be shown.

  • The World Press Photo Exhibition celebrates the most provocative, powerful and poignant images taken by photojournalists and documentary photographers around the world. A new digital segment showcasing the winning entries of the Digital Storytelling Contest is added this year

  • The Straits Times' Series of Talks on Photojournalism is a series of talks and panel discussions conducted by ST photojournalists and two visiting World Press Photo award-winning photojournalists. It will be held as part of the outreach programme during the festival. Topics include Climate Change, Drone Photography as well as Social and Human Rights Issues. Registration is available at this link.

The following exhibition from 5 - 27 October is open to public.

Exhibition details (open to public):
Through The Lens: Photo Exhibitions organised by The Straits Times
Date: 5 - 27 October, 2019
Time: 10am - 7pm (daily)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Level 1 (Concourse and Stamford Gallery)

This event is presented by The Straits Times, and the World Press Photo is the co-exhibitor. The National Museum of Singapore is the venue supporter. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Nanyang Technological University Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and Singapore Press Club are the event's outreach partners. Trinity Cargo Link is the logistics partner.

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Corporate Communications & CSR
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About The Straits Times 

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Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times has been moving with the times in its efforts to engage and grow its audience and exploring innovative ways of storytelling, as well as continuously refreshing its products to maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing content as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News 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. Its multimedia newsroom and innovative projects were recognised at the annual regional WAN-IFRA event in Hong Kong in November 2018 when it emerged the biggest winner, sweeping nine Asian Digital Media awards, including two golds for best innovation to engage youth audience, and best lifestyle, sports, entertainment website. 

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