The annual World Press Photo exhibition – profiling the world’s top press photographers in categories ranging from news to nature and contemporary issues – will return to Brisbane Powerhouse this month.

Celebrating its 59th year, the exhibition – on from Friday 29 July to Sunday 21 August – will represent the rise in police tensions across America, the continuing refugee crisis across the world, and the wild weather taking its mighty toll on the planet.

Australian photographer Warren Richardson was awarded the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award last year, with a photo depicting refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary.

Taken at night, the man and child depicted were seeking passage into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed. The image also won first prize in the Spot News category.

Warren, a freelance photographer currently based in Budapest, Hungary says “We played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”

World Press Photo jury member, Vaughn Wallace says as a judge he has seen thousands of images of migrants in every form of their journey but this image really caught his eye.

“This isn’t the end of one journey but it’s the completion of one stage of a very, very long future. So for me, this had to be the photo of the year,” he says.

This year the contest drew entries from around the globe: 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images.

The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 42 photographers from 21 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, and the USA.

This year’s exhibition displays will be printed on Canon large-format printers and Arizona flatbed printers by Océ, which is part of the Canon group.

See the world’s most compelling, controversial and intimate moments as captured by award-winning photojournalists from around the globe at the World Press Photo Exhibition at Brisbane Powerhouse from Friday 29 July to Sunday 21 August.

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