The World Press Photo exhibition returns to Brisbane for its 58th year, displaying the compelling works of documentary photographers, photojournalists and press photographers from all over the world.

On at Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday 30 August, the World Press Photo exhibition showcases the world’s best press photos in categories ranging from news like the Ebola crisis to nature and portraiture photography.

This year, Australian photographer Raphaela Rosella received first place in the Portraits category.

Raphaela has dedicated most her careers as a documentary photographer to capturing images of life in disadvantaged communities.

Her winning image features a young girl named Laurinda, waiting outside her home in Moree for a bus to Sunday school. The image is from a series exploring the tension between longing and belonging for young women in disadvantaged communities.

“I’m interested in these topics because they’re eithers things I’ve experience personally or they’re paths I was expected to take,” Raphaela says.

This year, 5,692 photographers from 131 countries will be participating in the competition, with 97,912 pictures submitted already.

So what do the judges look for?

According to Pamela Chen, a World Press Photo jury member, the judges look for “an image that would matter tomorrow, not just today.”

Last year, Danish photographer Mads Nissen was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year. His image showed gay couple Jon and Alex during an intimate yet dangerous moment in St Petersburg, where life for lesbian, gay and bisexual or transgendered people is becoming increasingly difficult.

“This is a contemporary issue, it is daily life, it is news, it has spot news resonance, it has general news resonance, but it also brings up the issue in a very deep and challenging way. It is quite universal,” Pamela Chen says.

You can view this year’s World Press Photo competition entries and winners for free at Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday 30 August.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see some of the world’s most compelling photographs!

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