“There is no shortage of visual talent around the world, but some people are better known than others,” states World Press Photo. “To develop a new and more diverse visual representation of the world, we need to locate, recognise and share the best work.”
With this in mind it launched the 6×6 Global Talent program, which aims to flag up six new talents drawn from one of six continents every three months. The first 6×6 flagged up six photographers from Southeast Asia and Occeania in November 2017; this time the focus is on South America and the selected image-makers are: Oscar B Castillo (Venezuela), Fabiola Ferrero (Venezuela), Luján Agusti (Argentina), Pablo Ernesto Piovano (Argentina), Felipe Fittipaldi Freire de Carvalho (Brazil), and Tamara Merino (Chile).
The photographers are nominated for consideration by a global panel of 90 photographers, picture editors and curators, and the nominators this time included: Laura Beltrán Villamizar, photography editor, educator and founder of Native Agency; Daniella Zalcman, photographer; and Ruth Eichhorn, freelance photo editor and curator. The final selection was made by Denise Camargo, photographer, professor, researcher, and cultural project manager; Romina Resuche, curator and journalist; and Gihan Tubbeh, photographer.