PHOTOGRAPHY – World Press Photo 2012 at the HK Design Institute

The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently open at the HK Design Institute in Tseung Kwan O…

World Vision from the Perspective of Hong Kong‘ is a response exhibition showing alongside the main pieces below. Photography undergraduates from the Design Institute are showcasing their own local take on the issues raised in the annual photojournalism awards. Mickey Kong‘s three photographs mirror the work of 2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Singles winner, Vincent Boisot, who captured a fashion model at a tailors in Senegal.

“Arresting and compelling images from the World Press Photo, the world’s most prestigious annual press photography contest founded in 1955. On display will be over 160 award-winning images from nine contest categories. This year’s competition attracted 5,247 photographers from 124 countries. In total 101,254 images were entered in the contest. These photos take us through the pivotal moments in the past year and lead us to contemplate upon the various humanity issues we face today.”

Other local students captured a lonelier side of metropolitan Hong Kong…

The show is free entry, open from now until October 21st – 10am till 8pm daily…

Some of this year’s highlights (some graphic images further down)…

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2012 World Press Photo of the Year: A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against President Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011. (Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

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1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories: Tahani, who married her husband Majed when she was 6 years old and he was 25 years old, poses for a portrait with her former classmate Ghada, also a child bride outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen, June 10, 2010. Nearly half of all women in Yemen were married as children. (Stephanie Sinclair/VII Photo Agency/National Geographic Magazine)

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1st Prize Daily Life Stories: Marco leads Monica from their bedroom to the living room in Buenos Aires. Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. (Alejandro Kirchuk)

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2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Singles: A model poses in front of a tailor in the center of Dakar, Senegal, July 9, 2011. She wears a creation of designer Yolande Mancini, participating in the 9th edition of Dakar Fashion Week. (Vincent Boisot/Riva Press/Le Figaro Magazine)

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1st Prize Daily Life Singles: A photograph of North Korea’s founder, Kim II-sung, hangs on a building in the capital of Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 5, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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1st Prize General News Singles: Protestors cry, chant and scream in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after listening to a speech in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he would not give up power in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 10, 2011. (Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos/Newsweek)

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1st Prize Nature Singles: A male polar bear climbs precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in northern Novaya Zemlya, attempting to feed on seabird eggs. (Jenny E. Ross)

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1st Prize Nature Stories: A female rhino that has survived a brutal dehorning by poachers using a chainsaw four months earlier at the Tugela Private Game REserve, Colenso, Natal, South Africa, Nov. 9, 2010. (Brent Stirton/Reportage Betty Images/National Geographic Magazine)

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2nd Prize General News Stories: Tsunami aftermath, Japan, April 14, 2011. (Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos/Zeit Magazin

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1st Prize Portrait Singles: Iranian-born Danish actress Mellica Mehraban, Copenhagen, May 4, 2011.

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2nd Prize Portrait Stories: A recruit at a police training center, Kunduz, Afghanistan, Sept. 28, 2011. (Ton Koene)

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2nd Prize Spot News Singles: Rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 11, 201. (Yuri Kozyrev/Noor Images/Time)

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2nd Prize Spot News Stories: Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people, July 22, 2011, on the small island of Utoya outside of Oslo, Norway. (Niclas Hammerstrom/Aftonbladet)

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2nd Prize Sports Singles: A rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 5, 2011.

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2nd Prize Sports Stories: Divers practice during the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sprots Center in Shanghai, China, July 17, 2011. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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Photographer Koichiro Tezuka took first prize in the Spot News, stories category for his coverage of the impact of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here, houses are swept by a tsunami in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo/Koichiro Tezuka)

Toshiyuki Tsunenari was awarded third prize in the General News, singles category for this photograph of a woman sitting amidst wreckage caused by the massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, on March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari)

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Photographer Koichiro Tezuka took first prize in the Spot News, stories category for his coverage of the impact of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here, a fire consumes a house as others are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo/Koichiro Tezuka)

Li Yang captured this image, winning third prize in the Spot News, singles category. In the photo, a 22-year-old woman in a wedding gown is grabbed by Guo Zhongfan, a local community officer, as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a seven-story residential building in Changchun, Jilin province, on May 17, 2011. According to local media, the woman tried to commit suicide after her boyfriend of four years broke up with her, just as they were making plans to get married. The woman did not sustain any injuries during the incident. (Reuters/China Daily/Li Yang)

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on his bed while being taken to the courtroom for another session of his trial in Cairo, Egypt, on September 7, 2011. This image won the 3rd place prize in People in the News, Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/Mohammed al-Law)

Canadian Forces soldier, Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue, plays on a drum kit on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar overlooking the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2011. The image won the 1st place prize in the Arts and Entertainment Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Winner of first prize in the Contemporary Issues, Singles category, this photograph shows Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine. Maria injects drugs on a daily basis and sees many men every week but claims she remains HIV negative. She says she need the money to support herself, her drug habit and her nine-year-old daughter. (AP Photo/Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images for Kiev Independent)

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Photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba took first prize in the People in the News, Stories category, showing the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, in April of 2011. Here, residents take an outdoor bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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Winner of second prize in the People in the News, stories category this photo is one of a series by photographer John Moore showing families in the United States as they were evicted from their homes after falling behind in payments. Here, Weld County sheriff’s deputy Mary Schwartz collects a toddler before removing the bassinet during a home foreclosure eviction on October 5, 2011 in Milliken, Colorado. The owner, Brandie Barbiere, said she had stopped making mortgage payments 11 months before, after she lost more than half her home child care business due to the continued weak economy. The Barbiere family possessions were removed to the front yard by an eviction team and the door locks changed. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini won second prize in the Spot News Singles category, for this image of Tarana, age 12, as she stands screaming, surrounded by the bodies of men, women and children who were just killed by a suicide bomber who detonated a bomb during a religious ceremony in Kabul on December 6, 2011. “When I could stand up, I saw that everybody was around me on the ground, really bloody. I was really, really scared,” said the girl, whose name means “melody” in English. Out of 17 women and children from her family who went to a riverside shrine in Kabul that day to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, seven died including her seven-year-old brother Shoaib. More than 70 people lost their lives in all, and at least nine other members of Tarana’s family were wounded. The blast has prompted fears that Afghanistan could see the sort of sectarian violence that has pitched Shiite against Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

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The carcass of a cow decomposes next to a barn at a farm in Naraha, Japan, on July 9, 2011. Farmers across the area had to hastily leave their homes and were unable to evacuate livestock, or return to the irradiated zone to care for them. The photo was one in a series which won the 3rd place prize in the General News, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder for National Geographic Magazine)

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Second prize winner in the People in the News, Singles category, this photo by Tomasz Lazar shows the arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York City, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality, on October 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Tomasz Lazar)