The Portuguese Association “Casa de Portugal em Macau” (CPM) has just extended its partnership with the World Press Photo (WPP) organization to continue bringing the annual exhibition, which features the best photos in the press over the year, to the region until at least 2020.
The association said it made a significant effort to ensure both locals and tourists can continue to enjoy the worldwide event which costs EUR 18,000 each year (over MOP 172,500) to hold.
Speaking about some hidden event costs, Diana Soeiro, involved with the organization of CPM’s events, told the Times: “We need to handle the translation to Chinese of all the information related to the exhibition, as well as the photographs’ captions, as the materials that we receive from the WPP are only in English and Portuguese.”
For this year’s edition, which will open on Thursday at Casa Garden, the CPM spent over MOP180,000 in total.
Diana Soeiro also added that this year it is expected that the exhibition will see more than the 2,000 or so visitors of previous editions.
“We expect more people this year since, contrary to other editions, the exhibition will not be displayed in Hong Kong,” Soeiro said, noting that Macau will be the most convenient location for fans from Hong Kong to be able to see it.
This year, the WPP exhibition received a total of 80,408 images from 5,034 photographers across 126 countries who submitted images in eight different categories: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, people, sports, and spot news.
The jury awarded prizes across the categories to 45 photographers from 25 different countries. These awards included the Grand Award – World Press Photo of the Year – for the Turkish Associated Press photographer, Burhan Ozbilici, with the photo titled “An Assassination in Turkey.” The famous photograph depicts Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador, Andrey Karlov, while he was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on December 19 last year.
The exhibition will be open to the public from between September 29 (Friday) until October 22 (Sunday) at Casa Garden at Praça Luis de Camões. Entry is free, and the venue is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.