The World Press Photo Exhibition Opens in Downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX – Jan. 17, 2020 – The World Press Photo Exhibition, the acclaimed press photography exhibit, the acclaimed press photography exhibit, opened in downtown Phoenix on Friday, Jan. 17 for a three-week run. The public is encouraged to attend and admission is free.

Each year, the photojournalism showcase visits about 100 cities in 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people. Phoenix joins New York and Washington, D.C. as U.S. cities to host World Press Photo in 2019/2020 (current schedule exhibitions run through March 2020). The exhibition last visited Phoenix in 1994, more than 25 years ago.

The exhibition comprises submissions from the 2019 World Press Photo Contest, awarding photographers for the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism. It is the world's leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers.

Phoenix’s exhibition will be open daily from Jan. 17 through Feb. 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, at Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the First Amendment Forum.

Opening ceremonies were held at the exhibition site on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 16, and featured remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Netherlands Consul General Gerbert Kunst, and Kristin Gilger, Senior Associate Dean and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

The exhibition and ceremonies are made possible by local partnerships with Tuft & Needle, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bank of America, ASU's Cronkite School, MultiTable and CCBG Architects.

Public relations and creative marketing agency Kiterocket, which operates its headquarters in downtown Phoenix, and Scottsdale-based Vanderzee & Associates, a global executive search firm, spearheaded the endeavor to bring World Press Photo back to the valley. Additionally, the City of Phoenix and Mayor Gallego's office have been instrumental in bringing the global event to Downtown Phoenix.

About World Press Photo

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures—presented as singles or in stories—contributing to the past year of visual journalism. World Press Photo is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam. Read more about the organization, the contest, the photos and the history by visiting

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