World Press Photo competition entries on show at Holyrood

Photographer Warren Richardson, the overall winner of this year's World Press Photo competition. Picture: SWNS.com

Photographer Warren Richardson, the overall winner of this year's World Press Photo competition. Picture: SWNS.com

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A DRAMATIC image of a Syrian refugee passing his baby through razor wire on the border between Serbia and Hungary has won a major photography competition which goes on display in Edinburgh today.

Taken at night, the man and his child were part of the movement of people desperate to cross into Hungary before the metal fence was completed by security forces.

Tianjin Explosion. Picture: Chen Jie

Tianjin Explosion. Picture: Chen Jie

It is one of 141 thought-provoking images which make up the World Press Photo exhibition, the globally renowned international contest for photo journalists, which can be seen at Holyrood.

Judges for the awards said the photo, taken in August 2015 by Australian photographer Warren Richardson near Horgos in Serbia, was “powerful” and “classic”.

The migrant crisis features heavily in this year’s exhibition, along with striking images of nature, culture and sport.

A number of the shortlisted entries this year featured the refugee crisis. Other poignant images depict scenes from the Paris attacks in January, the devastating earthquake in Nepal and clashes in the US set off by police shootings.

The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal. Picture: Christian Bobst

The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal. Picture: Christian Bobst

An Earthquake's Aftermath, Nepal. Picture: Daniel Berehulak

An Earthquake's Aftermath, Nepal. Picture: Daniel Berehulak

FIS World Championships. Picture: Christian Walgram

FIS World Championships. Picture: Christian Walgram

Tough Times for Orangutans. Picture: Tim Laman

Tough Times for Orangutans. Picture: Tim Laman

Broken Border, 13-15 June, Sanliurfa, Turkey. Picture: Bulent Kilic

Broken Border, 13-15 June, Sanliurfa, Turkey. Picture: Bulent Kilic