The Grand Press Photo competition has been highlighting the best press photos since 2005, but this is the first time that the exhibition has been organized in Gdansk. The organizers of the competition (the "Press" magazine, Grand Press Foundation and Skanska’s commercial development business unit in CEE) are looking forward to your visit to see the exhibition of as many as 302 best photos.
This year's Grand Press Photo exhibition has debuted in the Wave office building in Gdansk. The building, located in a business district of Oliwa, a part of Gdansk that has got perfect transport connections with the whole Tri-City, provides space which uses only electric energy produced from renewable sources. As the first building in Tri-City it was awarded the prestigious WELL Core & Shell Gold certificate. This standard verifies over 100 building parameters – with a special focus on the mental and physical health of people. Wave is also certified with LEED Core & Shell and WELL Health-Safety Rating.
– We are very pleased to host such a prestigious event at Wave as the Grand Press Photo exhibition. It is the best confirmation that the space we are developing meets the requirements of the tenants as well as of the various initiatives – says Kornelia Łukaszewska-Ciesielska, leasing manager at Skanska’s commercial development business unit in CEE. – An additional aspect is the award in Climate, Responsibility category, which we had a pleasure to grant. One of our priorities is sustainable development and minimizing negative influence on natural environment – adds Kornelia Łukaszewska-Ciesielska.
The Polish National Photo Reporters Competition – Grand Press Photo – has been organized since 2005. It is a competition for professional photojournalists who work for press and Internet editorial offices, photo agencies, and for freelancers, too. By tradition, the jury is chaired by a world-class photojournalist, a winner of the World Press Photo. This year it was Ami Vitale. The remaining members of the jury were Antonio Bat, Anna Bedyńska, Weronika Mirowska, and Andrzej Zygmuntowicz.
The exhibition is open for visitors from Monday to Friday (09:00-18:00). It includes 302 photographs: 48 singles, and 11 stories, 5 documentary projects, and 8 singles and 3 stories in the Young Poland category.
The title of Photo of the Year went to Wojciech Grzędzinski and his photograph (for The Washington Post) showing Irina Maniukina playing the piano in her house that had just been bombed by the Russians. – Literally, words failed us. That's the power of photography – said Ami Vitale, the chair of the jury, about this photo. Skanska's winner in the Climate, Responsibility category, Karolina Misztal, was also selected and awarded in the competition.
The exhibition also features several photographs – out of more than a dozen submitted – of Dmytro Kozacki "Orest", the author of photographs from the shelters of Azovstal, honored by the Grand Press Foundation. The photographs went around the world after Dmytro’s post on social media websites: "Thank you from the shelters of Azovstal - the place of my death and life. (...) I leave you the photos of the best possible quality, send them to all journalistic and photographic competitions. If I win any, I will be very pleased to learn about it after the release. Thank you all for your support. See you around."
For more information and press materials, please visit https://grandpressphoto.pl