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„World Press Photo”

21 November - 12 December 2019

The most important photographic exhibition in the world was opened at the National Museum of History of Moldova on November 21, 2019. At the opening event participated ambassadors accredited to Chișinău, partners of the Independent Journalism Center and journalists.

Among the guests of the event were Floris VAN EIJK, Head of the Office of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chișinău; Anita AWOLAJA, World Press Photo Foundation, The Netherlands; Nadine GOGU, Executive Director of the IJC and Nicolae POJOGA, photojournalist.

Visitors are invited to discover the stories behind the 140 most beautiful photos of 2018, starting with November 23 and until December 12, 2019.

The winning photographs of this year's edition of the World Press Photo were selected from a total of 78,801 works, made by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries. The jury nominated 43 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, UK, USA and Venezuela. Of the total number, 14 photographers are women (32%), a significant increase compared to 2018, when only 12% of the nominated photographers were women.

The annual international exhibition World Press Photo is traveling around the world. It is installed in almost 100 spaces in about 45 countries and is visited by over 4 million people at each edition. Before arriving in Chișinău, the exhibition was organized in New York, Naples, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Chicoutimi, Maastricht, Valencia, Guayaquil, Gavoi, Maia Taipei, Paris, Amsterdam, Oldenburg, Washington DC etc.

The event is organized by the Center for Independent Journalism (CJI) with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Independent Moldova
Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic
Bessarabia and MASSR between the Two World Wars
Bessarabia and Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in the Period between the Two World Wars
Revival of National Movement
Time of Reforms and their Consequences
Abolition of Autonomy. Bessarabia – a New Tsarist Colony
Period of Relative Autonomy of Bessarabia within the Russian Empire
Phanariot Regime
Golden Age of the Romanian Culture
Struggle for Maintaining of Independence of Moldova
Formation of Independent Medieval State of Moldova
Era of the
Great Nomad Migrations
Early Middle Ages
Iron Age and Antiquity
Bronze Age
Aeneolithic Age
Neolithic Age
Palaeolithic Age


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