Mere looking at the photos, they are direct and unfriendly blunt. The true essence is not to make you smile or gawk at the beauty of photography rather, its effect on the mind is the opposite. It is meant to cause and stir up anger, make you think and marvel at the situation in the photos, think about the journalist’s risking of his/her life just to bring you a still moment of the dangerous happenings around the globe.
The 2015 World Photo Press Exhibition has a lot to talk about. It has been a year of conflicts and violence around the world, a risky year for Journalists trying to capture the scenes as they were and the Media in general on the broad spectrum of crises ranging from the ongoing war in Syria to the ISIS in the Middle East, the subsequent migrants issues, the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria with its spilling across border towns in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the horrendous story of the missing 365 girls abducted more than a year ago by the same religious sect and other innumerable bloodletting plaguing the world today.
The photo journalists have risked their lives to bring you a factual glimpse through live coverage as bullets are strewn forcefully out of the gun nozzle to the gory caves where barbaric acts like rape and beheading are carried out, all just for you to have close to a first-hand experience and gain better understanding of causes and effects of the various human actions involved in the crises. They help us gain better insights of the stories, laying bare to the visitors at the exhibition stands the common challenges facing humanity on a daily basis, how they are not only impacting one country but the entire mankind.
The Photos can inspire someone to stop and ponder over what a world without Photo journalists would be like. The pictures are not friendly but they make us think and in some cases, make us shed a tear.
The 2015 World Press Photo Exhibition is still ongoing at Freedom Park Lagos,you can go in and see and be challenged. Be Inspired,Educated,Engaged and Support the great works of the amazing photo journalists whose works are on display at the exhibition.
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