The time of year for the annual Czech Press Photo contest has come again, this round marking 25 years of celebrating Czech and Slovak photojournalistic talent. The works at the exhibition capture an authentic and raw perspective of daily life in the Czech Republic as well as art, sport, nature, international events and landscapes.
The exhibition features dramatic current affair events such as this year’s demonstration against prime minister Babiš, while also illustrating a hopeful perspective for the future of the country.
The contest was launched in 1995 by Daniela Mzàzkovà and is run by Czech Photo, a not-for- profit organisation that supports independent artists, allowing them to showcase works that are often not the subject of mainstream media’s attention. Because of this, the exhibition is an intimate close-up into the lives of Czechs and a testament to the real Czech Republic that I’ve started to get to know as my time in Prague matures.
What I loved the most about the exhibition wasn’t the 2019 photographs, as amazing as they were, rather the past Czech Press Photo collection dating back to 1995. It’s like going into a time machine. You can really visualise the city transforming and get to appreciate Prague from sets of eyes from the past.
The exhibition will be running until the 30th of January next year and is displaying in the Cross Hall and Knight Hall Room at Prague Old Town Hall Gallery (Staroměstské náměstí 1, Praha 1). Depending on whether you’re a student or a senior, entry costs 70-140 Kč and is well worth the visit. Trust me on this! I learnt so much about small traditions happening in small Czech villages that I’d never even heard of before!! Did you know each February in downtown Česky Brod there are annual pigeon hunts organised by the city council??
You can find more information about Czech Photo and the Czech Press Photo here: https:// www.czechphoto.org/cpp/
Have you been to the Czech Photo Press exhibition yet? Tell us about your favourite photograph!