Opening Next Week at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre The New Normal: COVID Times Exhibition by Award-Winning ZUMA Press Photojournalists Runs May 21-August 14

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Public is Invited to Guest Lecture by Featured Photographers on May 20 & FREE Opening Reception on May 21

(West Palm Beach, FL – May 11, 2021) Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced that its next stellar exhibition—its first public event since temporarily closing last year—will open next week and is being sponsored by the Premium News Picture Wire Service ZUMA Press:

The New Normal:

COVID Times

Opening May 21 and Running Through August 14

Culled from the 2021 edition of The Year in Pictures 2020: Apocalypse NOW, the acclaimed annual movie produced by the founder of ZUMA Wire Service, Scott Mc Kiernan, who also curated this exhibition of award-winning photography by ZUMA Press photojournalists from around the world. The new exhibition will present the “Pictures of the Year” in sports, entertainment and news—the visual story of 2020, starting at the beginning of The Lost Year, and running all the way to the final days of Limbo Year.

“Just as the dreaded pandemic begins to wane, come see images that need to be seen, spanning the planet,” invites NeJame. “These are moments in time that will stop you in your tracks and stay with you forever, as the photographers’ unique talent and skills bring you to the heart of the matter at hand, with grace, respect and chilling honesty.”

TAKE A KNEE: June 1, 2020, Boca Raton, Florida, USA: Florida Highway Patrol Captain ROGER REYES, 49, takes a knee with demonstrator VELL REMY, who is holding a ìNo Justice, No Peaceî sign in the middle of the road, that was shut down to prevent the marchers from going on to Interstate 95. 200+ people protesting the death of Floyd during an arrest, marched eastbound on Glades Road, intent on taking their demonstration onto the highway. On the other side stood dozens of Florida Highway Patrol troopers, dressed in riot gear and just as intent on keeping the protest from moving. Similar scenarios around the country have devolved into pitched battles between law enforcement and protesters, resulting in arrests, injuries and further chaos. Monday night Reyes opted for conversation and compassion. Taking a knee alongside the protesters to show ìrespect for their demonstration and the cause they believe in.î ìRespect and humanity is what itís all about,î said Reyes. (Credit Image: © Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via ZUMA Wire)

COVID Times captures humanity at its darkest hours and witnesses others rise above and beyond, showing that hope never dies,” adds Mc Kiernan. “Thanks to these courageous photographers on the frontlines of history, we can see and share the good, bad and beautiful of it all at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum.”

The exhibition will feature more than 60 top award-winning pictures by photojournalists worldwide, including this year’s POYi (Pictures of the Year International) Competition’s1st place winner of Sports Action, and the Award of Excellence for Spot News. The oldest and the most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world, POYi’s mission is to recognize excellence in documentary photography and photojournalism.

The New Normal exhibition also includes the 3rd Place, Sports Action winner of the 2020 AIPS Sport Media Awards, as well as eight of the pictures that won a Communication Arts Magazine 2021 Photography Competition Award.

SHAKE, RATTLE and ROLL: February 27, 2020, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia: HAARCHAANA, a young female white Polar bear shakes off water at Leningrad Zoo. She is celebrating 2020 International Polar Bear Day. (Credit Image: © Peter Kovalev/TASS via ZUMA Press)

Free Guest Lecture – Thursday, May 20, 5 to 7 pm

Education Evening at the Photo Centre will be a “Ted Talk”-style presentation by photographers featured in the exhibition, moderated by Mc Kiernan, ZUMA’s Director of Photography.

Free Opening Reception – Friday, May 21, 6 to 8 pm

This is the perfect opportunity for photo fans to experience the exhibition and mingle with some of the featured photojournalists.