Vernissage: 31st of March 2012, Galleri Kontrast (Stockholm)
“Årets Bild” (Photography of the year) is Sweden’s biggest and oldest photo contest for professional photographers. The first competition was held in 1942, with a winning photograph taken by Herman Ronninger (Svenska Dagbladet). Now — 70 years later — the winning photograph was taken by the quialified newcomer, Hampus Lundgren (freelance). The photograph was taken only few minutes after the bomb attack on the government building in Oslo in July last year.
Photography of the year 2012 by Hampus Lundgren
Photograph taken from Hampus Lundgren blog
As we mentioned in one of our earlier posts last month, press photos should reflect the situation in every society at any given time.
“Seeing what is happening outside is important in an era when the media itself often stands as the center of attention — and to take a step back is necessary for us to get a a close up of what is really happening.”
Per Lindström (translation by Írena)
While it can be seen as relevant — with common news values emphasizing on conflicts, violence and war zones — the Swedish press photographs 2012 reflects a mirror that makes us aware of people’s various situations and everyday life — putting in mind the photojournalists important role for the community.
Below you can see examples of the winning photographs 2012:
Photographs taken from PFK
Date: 31st of March – 29th of April 2012
Place: Galleri Kontrast, Hornsgatan 6, Stockholm