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.