The 14th edition of the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition presents the 150 prizewinning photographs of 2018 — taken from the most prestigious annual press photography contest in the world — along with a series of complementary exhibitions and activities, at Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal. Running from August 28 until September 29, the event offers daily admission from 10AM to 10PM, and until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Having surpassed a record-breaking 55,000 visitors in 2018, Montreal’s flagship event of the fall season will welcome three guests of honour this year: filmmaker and actress Monia Chokri, spokesperson for the 2019 Montreal edition, who will also exhibit a new and exclusive photo series, captured on film over the past few months; and photographers Bénédicte Kurzen (France) and Sanne De Wilde (Belgium), co-winners of a First Prize in the Portraits (Stories) category.

Philippe Fehmiu, Sanne De Wilde, Bénédicte Kurzen and Samira Damato

World Press Photo 2019

For the 62nd edition of the World Press Photo, the competition jury, chaired by Whitney C. Johnson, assessed more than 78,000 images submitted by over 4,700 photojournalists from 129 countries. They awarded prizes to 42 photographers from 23 countries.

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Akashinga – the Brave Ones | 20 June 2018 | Photo by Brent Stirton

Last February, the jury announced the six images in the running for the Photo of the Year prize. On April 11, that prize was awarded to American photojournalist John Moore of Getty Images, for his photograph of Yanela Varela, a two-year-old girl crying as she and her mother, a Honduran migrant, are taken into custody in the United States.

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Crying Girl on the Border | 28 June 2018 | Photo by John Moore

This photograph is part of an international exhibition that offers a visual journey through the year’s major events, broken down into eight categories of portraits and stories: Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, People, Environment, Nature, Sports, and Long-Term Projects.

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Shields Strikes Back | 22 July 2018 | Photo by Terrell Groggins

Among the themes and topics explored: the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, the opioid crisis in the United States, Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the White House, the reality of transgender people, the baby boom following the signing of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC, Venezuela’s decline, the reality of migrants, the offensive against drug trafficking in the Philippines, attacks in Syria, the Yemeni conflict and California wildfires.

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The Migrant Caravan | 30 October 2018 | Photo by Pieter Ten Hoopen

The exhibition also features more uplifting stories such as that of Bob, a rescued Caribbean flamingo who became an ambassador for young schoolchildren on the island of Curaçao, and that of Ajambo, a mother of seven who boxes in the Ugandan women’s team.

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Flamingo Socks | 6 July 2018 | Photo by Jasper Doest

Also, the emergence of African fashion in Dakar, traditional celebrations, sports tournaments, unprecedented explorations, acts of courage and resilience that are both poignant and inspiring.

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Dakar Fashion | 31 December 2018 | Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly

Here is what you need to know about World Press Photo Montreal 2019:

Date: Wednesday, August 28 — Sunday, September 29
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 10AM – 10PM | Thursday to Saturday 10AM to Midnight
Location: Bonsecours Market | 350 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2
Admission Fees: General admission: $14 | Students and seniors over 65 years old: $11 | Under 12 years old: free | Group rates: $8
Website: expo-wppmtl.ca
Facebook: @ExpoWPPMTL | Instagram: @expowppmtl | Twitter @ExpoWPPMTL

Photos credit: World Press Photo

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