An exhibition of more than 200 winning images from the 2014 World Press Photo Competition opens at the State Library of NSW on 23 May and runs until 21 June, 2015

The display showcases the most impressive images from the 58th World Press Photo Contest, which have been selected from 97,912 images entered by 5,692 press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 131 countries. An arresting portrait by Australian photographer Raphaela Rosella is among the images on display, along with the winning image taken by Danish photographer Mads Nissen, who took out the coveted World Press Photo of the Year 2014 award. This photograph, which shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia, came from a project by Nissen called “Homophobia in Russia”. This photograph also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category.

Visitors to the State Library’s Galleries from 23 May to 21 June 2015 will also be able to view images from Australian news stories captured in everyday moments by talented local photographers working for the Sydney Morning Herald. Some of these photographers have also won World Press Photo awards in previous years. The display, Sydney Morning Herald Photos1440, showcases the best published and unpublished work by Fairfax photographers from the past year, and includes pictures of people at work and at play across Sydney and in suburban and regional areas. It also includes some images of the Australian landscape.

Entry to both exhibitions is free of charge and the galleries are open until 5 pm every day and up to 8 pm on Thursdays. For more information, visit