of the retrospective exhibition THE BEST OF CZECH PRESS PHOTO - PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO DECADES will be held in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the popular journalistic competition.
Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide - member of international jury CPP 2005 - was awarded one of the biggest international awards in photography: INFINITY AWARD, for her lifelong contribution to photography.
The Visitors Prize of the most recent, jubilee 20th Czech Press Photo, was decided only a few days before the end of the exhibition in the Old Town Hall in Prague: the winning photograph was taken by Martin Divisek (Denik)
Just as every year, also this year there is a catalogue accompanying the Czech Press Photo exhibition.
This year, Daniela Mrázkova, the director of Czech Press Photo and a many times member of the World Press Photo juries, nominated MARTIN DIVÍŠEK and MILAN BUREŠ.
The winning photograph is a moving picture by Tomas Adamec, photographer working for the Prague Zoo. It shows Mr Vaidl, the keeper, feeding a three-day old rare red lori. The winning online video is a joint effort by Milan Sima and Jan Sibik and shows the biggest religious celebration in the world called Kumbh Mela where thousands of millions of people gather to take a ritual cleansing bath in the river Ganges.
In Prague Mayor´s residence the international jury is busy with the evaluation of the photoes. The members are making a tight selection out of thousands of pictures. They vote as from the morning 10 am till the evening 7pm. And the results ? At this moment the decision has not yet been made .....
"Miles of the rows of pictures", the jury members and the organizational staff - that is the background of the prestigious competition. The voting of the jury shifts single pictures and the series in the next rounds to be able to make a final decision on Monday evening 21.10.2013. The results will be announced during a press conference on Tuesday 22.10.2013 at 11am.
On Friday, 18th October, at 6pm, on the eve of the start work of the international Jury of the 19th Czech Press Photo 2013 competition, an exhibition of Ami Vitale’s photographs JSME JEDNA RODINA/WE ARE ONE FAMILY will open at the Nikon Photo Gallery (Prague 1, Ujezd 19) in the presence of all jury members.
Czech Press Photo is a platform for the presentation of modern visual journalism which is helping to recognise and understand the contemporary world. Through the Internet, photography has been coming together with other media, and in line with that we are expanding the existing photographic competition by adding a video (movie) section as the representative of the multimedia genre.
The exhibition of last year’s Czech Press Photo opened in Dum umeni in Bratislava at the beginning of April.
297 photographers with permanent address in the Czech Republic and Slovakia took part in the competition with a total of 3,719 photographs.
You can send your photographs by post or deliver personally to: Czech Press Photo, Rytirska 10, 11000 Praha 1
Karol Kallay has died and with him one of the last legends of Czechoslovak photography
The photographic publication PRAGUE UNDERWATER, published on occasion of the tenth anniversary of the floods in the Czech Republic, which also affected Prague, can be purchased exclusively at the exhibition at the Czech Photo Gallery (Ujezd 19, Prague 1 – Mala Strana ). After the opening of Czech Press Photo 2012 exhibition in November, it will be also available at the Old Town Hall in Prague. It can also be ordered at email@example.com.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the floods in Prague, an exhibition called PRAGUE UNDERWATER will run from 26th July in the Czech Photo Gallery (Prague 1 – Lesser Town, Ujezd 19).
On the 20th April, in the residence of the Mayor of Prague (Marianske namesti 1, Prague 1), Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda received a unique photographic collection on the theme Fragments of Metropolis from Roman Vondrous, photographer for CTK agency.
The thorough annual study of comments in the Czech Press Photo visitors’ book is important for the preparation of the following year’s contest and subsequent exhibition. This year again there are several dozens of pages of comments not only in Czech but also in many other languages, including a few exotic ones.
A photograph by Vojtech Herout called “Vaclav Havel is peeking” won the Czech Press Photo 2011 Audience Award. The photographer caught Vaclav Havel at the premiere of his film “Leaving” as he was watching the audience reaction from behind a corner.
Four Czech Press Photo 2011 award-winning photographers (Stanislav Krupar, Jan Zatorsky, David Neff and Martin Krpac), who photographed important events of the last year, met with the public at the Old Town Hall in Prague. They projected and explained their work and answerd questions coming out of an interesting discussion.
The dwindling media interest in classical photojournalism, which photographers have been complaining about for many years, is caused by several factors. One of the prime factors is tabloid photography, popular with consumers and successfully pushing out other genres. The most extreme form of tabloid, and also the most popular, is voyeuristic photography, which I want to discuss here.
Tabloid press is very popular due to the publication of sensitive and sometimes voyeuristic photographs. Some Czech celebrities resort to attacking tabloid press photographers. Photographers defend themselves by saying that they are only doing their work and if they don’t do it, someone else will. Can paparazzi and voyeuristic photography be regarded as a legitimate profession or is it a misuse of one of the pillars of democracy – freedom of the press?
The development company Trigema’s Academic Award for nature and environmental photography as part of Czech Press Photo contest has been going on for several years. Award-winning photographers are now offered a solo exhibition at hotel Academic’s gallery, which includes a relaxation weekend with pleasant pampering.
The readers of iDNES prize and the children’s Alik iDNES prize, for which people could vote for several weeks starting with the announcement of the results of Czech Press Photo 2011, until the day the exhibition opened at the Old Town Hall, went to one photographer - a mountain climber and well-known nature photographer, Ladislav Kamarad. The winning picture that both the children and adults agreed on was the Milky Way in Sumava.
On Tuesday the 15th of November, the prize giving ceremony of the 17th CZECH PRESS PHOTO competition took place in the presence of the President of the republic and the Mayor of Prague.
Press conference took place before the Czech Press Photo 2011 prize-giving ceremony and the opening of the exhibition in the Old Town Hall
They are the photographers who were awarded this year’s Grant of Prague Czech Press Photo 2011 by the Mayor of Prague.
Who is Roman Vondrouš, winner of the GRANT OF PRAGUE CZECH PRESS PHOTO 2010, who is opening his exhibition FRAGMENTS OF METROPOLIS as part of this year’s CZECH PRESS PHOTO 2011?
The title PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR Czech Press Photo 2011 was awarded to a photograph of drawn-out social disturbances in northern Bohemia. The sparkle that ignited the incident was a machete attack by Roma youths on white customers drinking in a bar. Protest marches and demonstrations by the locals followed and the exponents of the ultra-right tendencies took advantage of the situation. The police was sent in but apart from that, it seems that politicians don’t know what to do.
The jury of Czech Press Photo 2011 were asked...
On Monday 10th October 2011 a press conference announcing the winners of Czech Press Photo 2011 took place at Prague Town Hall.
288 photographers with permanent residency in the Czech and Slovak Republics took part in the competition with the total of 3,744 images
On Tuesday, the 20th September at 12:30 pm, the Mayor of Prague, Bohuslav Svoboda, received a unique photographic collection How Handicapped Children Live in Prague from Milan Jaros, photographer for Respect magazine.
On Tuesday, 5th September at 12:30 pm, Respect magazine photographer Milan Jaros will present the Mayor of Prague, Bohuslav Svoboda, at his residence (Marianske namesti, Prague 1), with a photographic collection of work resulting from the Grant of Prague, a one-year creative scholarship awarded by the Mayor as part of the 15th Czech Press Photo competition to photograph current issues in the capital. Jaros’s chosen topic is how the handicapped, mainly children, live in Prague today. The photographic collection of the Grant of Prague is created in two sets – one for the archive of the Capital City and one for representational exhibition purposes. Only for invited members of the press.
Who is Martin Bandzak, the winner of the main prize Czech Press Photo 2010, whose photograph of a girl injured in the Haitian earthquake became the PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR?
Who is Roman Vondrous, the recipient of the GRANT OF PRAGUE Czech Press Photo 2010, which the Mayor of Prague awards in the form of a creative scholarship?
Who is Milan Jaros, the recipient of last year’s Grant of Prague and currently showing his work in the Roman-Gothic space of the Old Town Hall, which runs concurrently with the 16th Czech Press Photo 2010 exhibition?
“I took the photograph of the girl in Haiti three weeks after the earthquake where I went with a team of doctors from the humanitarian organisation MAGNA Children at Risk to document the aftermath of the natural disaster. I found and photographed the girl in a local hospital (Haitian Community Hospital) in Port-au-Prince..."
Sixteenth year of photojournalistic competition and exhibition took place under the personal auspices of the president of the Czech Republic and the Mayor of Prague.
That was the most frequently asked question by the Czech Press Photo jury. The exhibition “Prime Minister’s Photographer” Antonello Zappadu at the Old Town Hall (until 10th November 2010) created unprecedented interest from the media and he was giving interviews during the breaks in judging.
The final of CPP 2010 took place in the evening on Sunday, the 10th October 2010, in the main hall of the Mayor of Prague residence. There was a two hour long excited conversation over the photographs, which the jury had had in mind as potential candidates for the main prize. In the end, there were two pictures left – one by Jan Sibik from Reflex (Bloody unrest in Bangkok, May 2010), the other by freelance photographer Martin Banzak (Girl injured in earthquake, Haiti, February 2010). The Photograph of the Year has a special standing and there are different rules for it. It’s not linked to any competition category and so the jurors can delegate their candidates from all the pictures, which passed through the very strict elimination process all the way to the third, the last voting round. However the winning journalistic photograph has to express an important event or a problem of the past year in a simple, emotionally strong manner – it has to be a visual symbol which will lodge in memory at first sight and remain there for years.
The winning photographs were first introduced at a press conference at the Prague Magistrate at 10 am. The jury and several award winners attended – including Martin Bandzak (Photograph of the Year) and Roman Vondrous (Grant of Prague)
As the award selection of CPP 2010 is going on, it does no harm to look back to last year and put the competition into world context. Both photographs of the year - World Press Photo 2009 and Czech Photo 2009 - have something common: the main figures in the pictures form only a small percentage of the whole image. In the case of WPP, it is a woman on the roof of a house, which you could easily overlook among the scenery of the rest of the surrounding buildings. In the case of CPP, there we see president Barrack Obama and the statue of president Masaryk – they both look very small at the bottom corners of the photograph, while there is a great expanse of sky above them. Are these pictures readable? Is this a trend of press photography competitions or is it a trend of photojournalism in general?
International jury gathered in the extensive premises of the Prague Mayor’s residence to judge photojournalists’ last year of work. The marathon over the photographs will last until Monday when the jury will select the Photograph of the Year. The results will be announced at a press conference at the Prague Magistrate on Monday, 11th October 2010, at 10 am.
Invitation to the Exhibition “THE PRIME MINISTER’S PHOTOGRAPHER ANTONELLO ZAPPADU”. The exhibition will be opened to the public on the 8th October in the Roman-Gothic rooms of the Old Town Hall in Prague, on the same day as the International Jury of Czech Press Photo 2010 starts their work.