ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Poynter Institute for Media Studies will host the 2006 World Press Photo Exhibition of 205 winning photographs, including the World Press Photo of the Year, beginning with an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2007. The reception will include a lecture by Maarten Koets, head of the Education Department for World Press Photo.
The exhibit will be open weekdays from March 13 through 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Poynter Institute at 801 Third St. S., St. Petersburg.
For the 2006 contest World Press Photo contest, more than 80,000 photographs were submitted by 4,448 photographers from 122 countries. Divided into 10 categories, the photographs record a wide range of topics including war, natural disasters, sports events, nature, people living in poverty, and the super rich. World Press says that more than 2 million people in 45 countries have viewed the photographs during the traveling exhibition.
By way of co-sponsorship with the University of Miami School of Communication and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter is hosting the exhibit in conjunction with its Compelling Photojournalism Seminar for photojournalists from around the country and the National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism competition judging at Poynter during March.
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists and leaders of news media. Poynter conducts more than 50 seminars annually in the areas of leadership and management, news reporting and writing, producing news for broadcast and online, ethics and diversity, and visual journalism. The school owns the Times Publishing Company, which publishes the St. Petersburg Times, and operates Congressional Quarterly and other publications.