Seminar talks photo journalism profession in Hanoi

The Vietnamese Journalists’ Association (VJA) and the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam held a seminar themed “Photo journalism profession in contemporary world” in Hanoi on June 16, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Netherlands diplomatic ties. 

Speaking at the event, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster said together with the World Press Photo Exhibition co-hosted by the embassy and the VJA, the seminar offers Vietnamese press photo correspondents a chance to meet and discuss issues in the field. 

As a judge of many world press photo competitions, Sophie Boshouwers from the World Press Photo (WPP) organisation delivered her presentations on the transformation of photography in the 21st century and ethics in press photo journalism. 

She also discussed ethical issues related to the use of technology to edit photos and the supply of fake information and photos on the mass media. 

Participants said there have been great changes in press photos since the 1960 thanks to digital technology, with the switch from black-and-white photos to coloured ones. With the birth of Internet in particular, the mass media has also increased the influence of press photos. 

Many women have also pursued the profession which was mostly for men in the past. 

Journalists and reporters also viewed photos that won the World Press Photo Awards held in the Netherlands and discussed factors that make a photo impressive. 

WPP was established in 1955 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a mission to connect the world to the stories that matter. Its World Press Photo Awards (WPPA) has become the world’s most prestigious photo contest under the auspices of Dutch Prince Constantijn, Canon and Postcode Loterij Netherlands. 

WPPA-winning photos in 2018 were announced in the Netherlands in April 2018, and 130 of them are on display at the Vietnam University of Fine Art in Hanoi from June 16 – July 6.

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