Updated Oct 22 2021
One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year in Barcelona is the World Press Photo. Despite the fact that a large number of photographic exhibitions take place in the city throughout the year, the arrival of the International Photojournalism Exhibition always raises great expectations in the city, making it one of the most visited exhibitions. A good example of the importance of this travelling photographic exhibition is that, throughout the year, it is exhibited in a total of 100 cities in 45 different countries and it shows the more than 100 winning photographs in the different categories from among the approximately 80,000 photographs submitted to the competition each year.
Information for visiting the 2021 World Press Photo
Organised by Photographic Social Vision, this year 2021, World Press Photo reaches its 17th edition. As usual, the venue chosen to hold the 2021 World Press Photo is the CCCB, Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Culture, which is right in the heart of Barcelona’s Raval and next to another of the city’s most important art centres, the MACBA.
Dates: from November 11th to 12th December, 2021.
Tuesday to Thursday and holidays: from 11 a 20h.
Friday: from 11 to 21h.
Saturday: from 10h to 21h.
Sunday: from 10 to 20.
Nº Photographs: to be confirmed.
€ General: €6 (€8 if you visit two exhibitions).
€ Reduced: €4 (€6 if you visit one exhibition).
€ Free Entry: Sunday from 15 to 20 (advance online reservation). Under 12 years old, unemployed, pensioners with the Rosa card, etc.
World Press Photo Categories and Awards
A total of almost 5000 photographers from all over the world have submitted their photographs to the different categories of the World Press Photo. Of all of them, more than 100 have been awarded, which are the ones shown in the exhibition that you can be visit at the CCCB. In many cases a series or photographic report is offered by the same photojournalist, which serves to explain the conflict or situation at hand in greater detail.
World Press Photo Categories
Without a doubt, the most important prize is the best photograph of the year. In the vast majority of cases, the winning photograph shows a hard and shocking image, reflecting the consequences of a war or conflict. And, unfortunately, the protagonists of this photograph tend to be the weakest and most vulnerable people who, in short, are the ones who always suffer the worst consequences of these wars or conflicts.
Title: The First Embrace
Photo: Mads Nissen
Categoría: Política / Panorámica
Alongside the World Press Photo exhibition, the Photographic Social Vision Foundation promotes and organises a series of activities within the so-called educational area. Among all of them, the guided visits stand out which are for different groups, schools and companies and, of course, for the entire public who visit the photographic exhibition.
Throughout these visits, special attention is paid to the values and objectives of photojournalism and how they affect the view of a conflict or situation, so they are very educational to understand a little better the virtues of the photographs shown.
Map and how to get to the World Press Photo Barcelona
The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get to the CCCB, home of the World Press Photo Barcelona exhibition, is definitely by public transport (metro, bus, FGC and RENFE rodalies trains). If you live in the neighbourhood of El Raval or in a nearby area, you can walk there.
You can also travel by taxi or private vehicle, which means you have to park your car in one of the nearby car parks in the area, given the difficulty of finding a space on the street and the fact that the parking time is limited.
By public transport
Universitat (lines 1 and 2) and Catalunya (lines 1 and 3).
Lines (R1, R3, R4, RG1)
Catalunya (L6, L12, S1, S2, S5, S6 and S7)
By car or motorcycle