Picture Clarity: view the 34th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition
Photo : Norbert Juhász/We Love Budapest
30/3/2016, 4:18 PM●3-minute article
From wildlife shots to portraits to refugee-crisis coverage, a wide range of last year’s best Magyar photojournalism is now on view at Budapest’s Capa Center. The 34th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition features numerous action-packed photos of both domestic and international news events captured by Hungarian photographers during 2015 to provide a fascinating overview of recent earth-shaking events, along with intriguing imagery from in-depth photo essays that explore specialized topics, all displayed within a viewing space named after the most renowned Magyar photojournalist of all time.
For the third time, Budapest’s esteemed Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center hosts this year’s press photo contest, for which 240 photographers submitted 2,434 photos, judged by a prestigious five-member jury consisting of Hungarian and international professionals to select the winners of each category. The jury chairman was photojournalist Petr Josek, the head of the international jury for the Czech Press Photo organization.
Many high-quality works were selected for the finals, even by international standards – in previous years, there was a greater variation in quality.
Among other things, the previous year was dominated by news about the Europe-wide refugee crisis, so the organizers decided that, for the first time in the history of this competition, the Hungarian Press Photo Contest should also reflect this tragedy. Therefore, a separate category was created for works portraying the refugee crisis, providing some of the most affecting images of the exhibit.
One of the winners of the contest’s two most prestigious awards also deals with the refugee crisis in the form of a photo series. The MÚOSZ (Association of Hungarian Journalists) Grand Prize was awarded to István Fazekas, photographer at HVG, for his series titled Transit Country, while the André Kertész Grand Prize was awarded to Miklós Déri, for his series titled The Politics of the Roma Body – There Is No Such Thing As An InnocentPicture, in which he highlights the stereotypical perception of Roma people.
There were many young artists among the winners this year, as well. It is an honor for us that our staff photographer Norbert Juhász was awarded third place in the portrait-series category, for his photo series titled A Shepherd’s Life in Austria. Norbi spent two weeks in Burgenland with a local shepherd named Hans in early 2015, taking beautiful portraits of Hans, his family, and their sheep, as they continue an ancient profession in tune with nature amid the undulating Austrian hills.
After the exhibition concludes at the Capa Center in Budapest on May 14th, the Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition goes on a nationwide tour.