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April 29, 2014

Drexel University Hosts The United States Debut Of The Prestigious 2014 World Press Photo Exhibition, April 30 Through May 21

The World Press Photo of the Year 2014, selected from close to 100,000 entries, is an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer on assignment for National Geographic magazine. (Photo courtesy Drexel University)

In an age of Instagram and selfies, photography is more accessible than ever before.

But as Drexel University’s newest exhibit shows, there’s much more to this powerful art form than filters, frames and hashtags.

The 57th Annual World Press Photo Exhibition comes to town on Wednesday, April 30, displaying 143 prize-winning photos culled from more than 90,000 submissions.

The images span nine themed categories, including Contemporary Issues and Spot News, depicting such harrowing moments as war-torn Syria, the Boston Marathon bombing and a factory collapse in Bangladesh.

The World Press Photo competition is the largest and most prestigious annual international press photography contest. The 2014 show recently opened in Amsterdam and will eventually make its way to approximately 100 cities in 45 countries, with its first U.S. stop here in Philadelphia.

This striking exhibit opens in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 30 in the URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Members of the public are invited to attend an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday and is free to the public.

These amazing photos will be on display through Wednesday, May 21.

2014 World Press Photo Exhibition
When: Wednesday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 21
Where: URBN Center Annex’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.drexel.edu

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