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World Press Photo comes to Valencia

This year, World Press Photo is open in Valencia from 10th February until 12th March. This year’s edition is all about giving visibility to the refugee crisis under the campaign ‘Podrías ser tú’ [It could be you].

For the fifth consecutive year, Palau Joan de Valeriola in Valencia, the headquarters of Fundación Chirivella Soriano, will be hosting the best of photojournalism with the exhibition World Press, in collaboration with Banco Sabadell Foundation.

One hundred photographs summarise the most important events of 2015, with a strong focus on the refugee crisis, the war in Syria-which is displayed through eight photographic series composed of eight different scenarios: from Syria, Lebanon, and the rest of the bordering countries, passing through the Mediterranean sea until reaching the borders of Europe, in Greece as well as Hungary or Turkey. Also, this year’s edition includes historic events such as the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November, the earthquake in Nepal, the consequences of the pollution in China or the increasing racial tension in the United States, with clashes between the police and the Afro-American community, amongst other events.

This edition is the 59th global edition of World Press Photo, in which almost 83,000 photographs taken by almost 6,000 photographers from 128 different countries have all participated. Each year, the competition grants awards to the best works that reflect current journalistic topics. The exhibition is organised into different categories: contemporary themes; daily life; current topics; long term projects; nature; portraits; sports and current news.

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‘Podrías ser tú’ [It could be you] tells the story of refugees.

With the aim of making visitors aware of the refugee crisis throughout the world, the WPP organisation in Valencia has, together with CEAR, decided to host a series of activities in which the refugees will be the protagonists as they will their stories in person. Guided tours will be organised, mainly aimed at schoolchildren. In these tours the refugees will give a first hand account of their experiences. They will also join in with training activities for journalists on the treatment of, and information about refugees, as well as in three debates together with important personalities, and they will discuss their problems through different points of views: journalism and refugees, LGTB as well as the phenomenon of the displacement.