World Press Photo Singapore, presented by The Straits Times

03 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017
The Concourse,
Level 1 & The Canyon, Basement
10am – 7pm
Free admission

 Capturing imagination. Changing lives. The World Press Photo exhibition, hailed as the "Oscars" of photojournalism, returns to Singapore at the National Museum from 3 to 26 March 2017.

Presented by The Straits Times, this exhibition showcases 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant and sometimes provocative news images from around the world.

The 2016 global contest drew more than 82,000 submissions from 5,775 photographers across 128 countries. Of these, the jury awarded prizes to 41 photographers from 21 countries, including Australia, China and Japan.

Visit The Straits Times for information on the exhibition and how to register for the panel discussion and talks.

World Press Photo of the Year

Hope for a New Life, 28 August 2015

A baby is handed through a hole in a razor wire barrier, to a Syrian refugee who has already managed to cross the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Röszke.
Hungary was hardening its stance towards refugees attempting to enter the country. In July, Hungary began construction on a four-metre-high barrier fence along the entire length of the frontier with Serbia, to close off border crossings through all but official routes. Refugees attempted to find ways through before the fence was completed on 14 September. This group had spent four hours hiding in an apple orchard at night, dodging border police, being gassed with pepper spray, and trying to find a way across.

Image © Warren Richardson

Panel Discussion
Friday, 3 March, 6.30pm

Topic: Photojournalism in the Age of New Media

Social media has become part of our lives. With a deluge of pictures out there, how has it impacted what photographers do and how they work? How do photographers react to it and what effect does it have on photojournalism? How can photographers help people to differentiate between fact and fiction in visuals?

Panellists: Warren Richardson, Kazuma Obara, Yumi Goto
Moderated by Neo Xiaobin


Saturday, 4 March
11am: Covering the Refugee and Migrant Crisis by Warren Richardson
1pm: How to Reveal Invisible People/ Time/ Space and Pain with Visual Storytelling by Kazuma Obara

Sunday, 12 March
11am: A Photojournalist's Life: The Good, The Bad and The Not So Ugly by Mark Cheong and Caroline Chia

Sunday, 19 March
11am: Keeping it Local: Looking for Newsworthy Stories by Neo Xiaobin

Saturday, 25 March
11am: Covering the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil by Kevin Lim

Guided Tours
Every Saturday: 10am & 12.30pm
Every Sunday: 12.30pm only

Limited to 20 people per session on a first come first served basis.
Guided tour starts from The Straits Times exhibition at The Concourse, Level 1. Please look out for the guide with the World Press Photo pass.

This exhibition features mature themes and images of a graphic nature which is recommended for visitors aged 18 and above. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!