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2008 World Press Photo Exhibition Hosted by Cyprus
2008-09-26 13:10:12

Nicosia, Sep 24 - Events that marked world history in the 2007, through the lens of professional photographers from 125 countries, are on display as of Wednesday in the context of the annual World Press Photo Exhibition, which is being hosted for the first time in Cyprus.

To promote relations between Cyprus and The Netherlands, the event is co-organized by the Dutch Embassy in Nicosia and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus.

The World Press Photo 2008 Exhibition, which was inaugurated on Wednesday by Acting President of the Republic, President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, will be open at the EAC Headquarters until October 15th.

At a press conference prior to the opening, the organizers announced that three Cypriot professional photographers, namely Nicholas Iordanou, Petros Karatzias and Achilleas Zavallis, entered the 2007 competition.

Chairman of the EAC Board of Directors Charis Thrasou said this exhibition would give the opportunity to the people of Cyprus to become acquainted with the press in general, adding that people who have not seen such photographs cannot imagine the difficulties of working in harsh conditions to produce the final result.

Dutch Embassy Counselor Ton Mandemaker said the exhibition will also be on display in China, Canada, Hungary and the Czech Republic, adding that The Netherlands and Cyprus are interested in international relations and that the exhibition shows what is happening in the world.

World Press Photo representative Femke van der Valk said the exhibition was not just the result of a contest but also a review of events that occurred in 2007.

Over 5,000 photographers from 125 countries participated in this contest, submitting a total of 80,536 photographs, which competed in 10 categories.

The title of World Press Photo 2008 went to Tim Hetherington from the United Kingdom for a photograph showing a soldier of Second Platoon, Battle Company of the Second Battalion of the US 503rd Infantry Regiment, sinking onto an embankment in the Restrepo bunker in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, at the end of the day on 16 September 2007. The valley was the epicenter of the US fight against militant Islam in Afghanistan, and scene of some of the deadliest combat in the region.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo organization is known for holding the largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest in the world. Every year, following the contest, the winning images go on show. The tour program takes in over 80 cities worldwide

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