Be it a grand shelf cloud on Bondi Beach, the aftermath of airstrikes in Syria, or refugee children covered in rain capes, photojournalism can be a harrowing experience. From November 4 - 21, 2016, The World Press Photo Exhibition will return to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for its 20th edition. The free exhibition brings together award-winning photographs from around the world—this year alone, 82,951 photos, taken by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries, were submitted.
Winning entries are selected in the following categories: Spot and General News, Sports, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, People, Nature, and Long-Term Projects.
The official World Press Photo of the Year is also the winner of the Spot News Category. Taken by Australian photographer, Warren Richardson, the photograph, “Hope for a new Life,” depicts a refugee man passing his child across the barbed wire border between Serbia and Hungary. Hands reaching out for the baby from the darkness, and the sharpness of the wire highlights the intensity of the terrifying moment. See it, and other winners, in the images below: