Press photo 2014 and the light

The annual Press Photo exhibition will open Saturday February 28th along with the formal announcement of the awarded photographs. At the same time the  Icelandic Journalist Association will hand out prizes in four categories.  The exhibition showcases 116 images selected by the jury from over 900 images by 24 photographers. All nominated works are showcased along with the awarded photograph each in their category, Image of the Year, Press Photography, Sport Photography, Portrait, Daily Life, Magazine Photography, Series and Newsreel. A book of all Press Photo 2014 will also be published alongside the exhibition.

At the same time photographer and Arctic traveler, Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson will open a solo exhibition titled The Light as an honorary member of the Icelandic Photojournalist Association. The title of the exhibition Ljósið (the Light), refers to an independent rehabilitation and support center in Iceland for cancer patients and their families of the same name. Arctic-Images and Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson will donate the sales of all the works from the exhibition to Ljósið in Iceland.

Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson (b. 1958) began his professional career as a news photographer in 1975. Ragnar established Arctic-Images, his own studio in 1985 and has since built an international reputation mastering a wide variety of assignments. His images are used widely in advertising campaigns, a variety of books, magazines and newspapers including New York Times, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Digital Photographer and Geographical. Ragnar has specialized in nature and Arctic photography for over 30 years and has traveled to diverse locations such as Iceland, Greenland, the North Pole, Lapland and Siberia. In addition to commercial work Ragnar has produced over 25 books on the natural wonders of Iceland including subjects on volcanoes, northern lights, geothermal activity, and glaciological phenomena. Images of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption appeared in the New York Times including the cover. Time magazine published his images of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Eruption, which later was included in the 2010 pictures of year. Ragnar has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in various photographic exhibitions and has received many awards in his homeland as well as three CLIO awards. Along with his own marketing efforts, Getty and Corbis represent his images.

Image credit: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/Arctic-images.com