Visa Pour l’Image: A peek at the exhibitions at the International Festival of Photojournalism

The 26th annual Visa Pour l’Image, the Cannes Film Festival” of photojournalism, kicks off next week, filling the French city of Perpignan with more than 3,000 of the world’s best photojournalists and photo editors, along with agencies from around the world, converging to share tips, contacts, more than a few drinks, and the best of the world’s photographic images.

This year’s Visa Pour l’Image showcases 26 exhibitions around the city. In a year renowned for violence against journalists, many are anticipating a retrospective of recently fallen Associated Press photographer Anja Neidringhaus’ work, as well as images from the late Chris Hondros tribute book ‘Testament.’ The exhibition ‘Amateurs make the front page’ promises some surprises on a variety of subjects.

Meetings, seminars and lectures fill the days, followed by nightly outdoor screenings. Each evening event begins with a news reel of the best work from the breaking news of the year and award presentations. Among the most anticipated is this year’s video presentation of the new book ‘Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990,’ by award winning veteran photojournalist Jean Pierre Laffont.

Visa Pour l’Image, directed by Jean-François Leroy, starts August 30 and continues through September 14.

Here’s a preview of the exhibitions.

(Photographs by Klaus Nigge / National Geographic Creative for National Geographic Magazine, Anja Neidringhaus/Associated Press, Philippe Lopez / Agence France-Presse, Olivier Laban-Mattei / The Mongolian Project / MYOP, Doan Công Tinh, Yunghi Kim / Contact Press Images, Guillaume Herbaut / Institute)

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Photos of the day - August 29, 2014

St. Basil Cathedral is lit using show lights as Serbian Nish military band members perform during the rehearsal of “Spasskaya Tower” International Military Orchestra Music Festival at the Red Square in Moscow, Afghan youths sit on the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan and a miner enters the El Comal gold and silver mine to help with rescue operations after a landslide trapped at least 24 miners inside, in Bonanza, Nicaragua are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - August 28, 2014

One-month-old triplet panda cubs receive a body check at the Chimelong Safari Park in China –– Orix BlueWave second baseman Keiichi Hirano jumps over second base after forcing out Chiba Lotte Marines’ Daichi Suzuki, bottom, in the sixth inning of their Pacific League professional baseball game in Japan –– Runners clear a fence in The £500 Permanent Money Backs Handicap Steeple Chase at Fontwell racecourse in England –– India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel perform a stunt during the passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India –– Helpers build up the mobile sculpture of the social project ‘Kuechenmonument’ (Kitchen Monument) at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin… are just a few of the photos of the day for August 28, 2014.

(Photos by AP Photo/Kin Cheung, AP Photo/Kyodo News, Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images, REUTERS/Danish Ismail, EPA/Maurizio Gambarini)

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Photos of the day - August 27, 2014

A boogie boarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. –– Relatives of two Palestinian children Mohammed and Oamr al-Brim who witnesses said were killed in an Israeli air strike before a ceasefire was declared in Gaza –– A runner or ‘mozo’ jumps over a young bull on the second day of the bull run festival held at San Sebastian de los Reyes in Spain –– People take part in “Yoga On The Hill” on Parliament Hill in Ottawa –– Young people take part in the traditional tomato fight ‘Tomatina’ during the week of fiestas in Bunol, Spain… are just a few of the photos of the day for August 27, 2014.

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Cease-fire celebrated in Gaza

Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory.

Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas’ demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza’s borders.

Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/Adel Hana, REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

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Photos of the day - August 26, 2014

Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City –– Philippine’s Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima has a bucket of iced water dumped on her for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break at the Department of Justice headquarters in Manila –– Brian May of legendary rock band QUEEN and Adam Lambert perform during the first QUEEN tour of Australia since 1985 at Allphones Arena in Sydney –– Shannon Gardiner of South Africa competes in Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around Qualification on day ten of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games… are just a few of the photos of the day for August 26, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Suhaib Salem, REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco, Don Arnold/WireImage via Getty Images, Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Khat - Somalia’s paradise flower

Grown on plantations in the highlands of Kenya and Ethiopia, tons of khat, or qat, dubbed “the flower of paradise” by its users, are flown daily into Mogadishu airport, to be distributed from there in convoys of trucks to markets across Somalia. Britain, whose large ethnic Somali community sustained a lucrative demand for the leaves, banned khat from July as an illegal drug. This prohibition jolted the khat market, creating a supply glut in Somalia and pushing down prices, to the delight of the many connoisseurs of its amphetamine-like high. (Reuters)

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Game 66. Tri-City ValleyCats vs Brooklyn Cyclones - August 24, 2014

The Brooklyn Cyclones topped the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-1 on Sunday night at MCU Park, as the ‘Cats remain only one win away from clinching a berth in the 2014 New York-Penn League postseason.

Marcos Molina improved to 7-2 on the season after tossing 6.2 solid frames. He allowed just one run, on one hit, while walking five and striking out eight. The 19-year-old leads the NYPL in ERA (1.56), strikeouts (81) and is tied for the league lead in wins. 

Photography by Gordon Donovan

Notting Hill Carnival

Despite the bad weather over one million visitors are expected to attend the two-day event which is the largest of its kind in Europe. The event has taken place on the West London streets every August Bank Holiday weekend since 1964.

Photography by Mary Turner/Getty Images

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