2nd Year Trip to World Press Photo Exhibition

Second Year Trip to the World Press Photo Exhibition

Sean Gilbride

The World Press Photo Exhibition is an exhibition of photos from the world’s best press photojournalists. It was held in the CHQ Building in Dublin’s Docklands for a week on display to the public.

It was a long trip from Glenstal and we arrived in the Red Cow Luas Station at around 10.30am. We took the Luas from the Red Cow Station to the Dublin Docklands. When we got to the building we were handed sheets at the main desk and told that we would be filling them out as we went along.

Afterwards we were brought downstairs and shown the overall winner of the World Press Photo Competition which at first looked like people taking pictures of the moon. But we were then told that they were Somalian refugees who were trying to get phone reception to call relatives and friends back home as they were on their way to Europe or the Middle East to find a new life for themselves.

Then we were free to look at the photos and also fill out the sheets with our views of what we saw. The photo that most people said that struck them the most was the Boston Bombing picture or the Somalian mental hospital where the patients were tied up with chains and prayers were yelled at them by a man with a megaphone. This was seen as a form of healing for the patients.

After about an hour of looking at the pictures we were free to explore a certain area of Dublin for about an hour and a half. Most people went to the Jervis Street Shopping Centre with the Prefects.

On the way back to the Red Cow on the Luas some drug addicts got on the Luas. The train was packed and some of the conversations of the drug addicts were interesting. Thankfully, they got off after a few stops.

 Overall, it was a good trip and it would be nice to go again next year.

 Some photos of the day can be found in the Photos Section._F8A0002

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