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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

2015 World Press Photo Contest winners unveiled_Part_1

The jury of the 58th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen as the World Press Photo of the Year 2014. Nissen is a staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken and is represented by Panos Pictures. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups. The winning picture is part of a larger project by Nissen called “Homophobia in Russia” which was shot for Scanpix.
The photo also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category.
Here's a look at some of the winning photographs.

 World Press Photo of the Year 2014
First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles
Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures
St. Petersburg, Russia
Caption: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

 First Prize Portraits Category, Singles
Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi
Moree, New South Wales, Australia
Caption: Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being.

 Second Prize Daily Life Category, Singles
Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF
Baroncea, Moldova
Caption: Igor hands out chocolates to a classmate to celebrate his ninth birthday. When he and his twin brother Arthur were two years old, their mother traveled to Moscow to work in the construction field and later died. They have no father. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young children.

 Second Prize Daily Life Category, Stories
Sarker Protick, Bangladesh
Caption: John wears his grandson’s bowler hat
Story: It was in the afternoon. I was sitting on my grandpa’s couch. The door was slightly open, and I saw light coming through, washed out between the white door and white walls. All of a sudden it all started making sense. I could relate what I was seeing with what I felt. John and Prova, my grandparents. Growing up, I found much love and care from them. They were young and strong.
As time went by, it shaped everything in its own way. Bodies took different forms and relations went distant. Grandma’s hair turned gray, the walls started peeling off and the objects were all that remained. Everything was contained into one single room. They always love the fact that I take pictures of them because then I spend more time with them, and they don’t feel lonely anymore. After Prova passed away, I try to visit more so John can talk. He tells me stories of their early life, and how they met. There are so many stories. Here, life is silent, suspended. Everything is on a wait; A wait for something that I don’t completely understand.

 First Prize General News Category, Singles
Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency
26 August, Donetsk, Ukraine
Caption: Damaged goods lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Ordinary workers, miners, teachers, pensioners, children, and elderly women and men are in the midst of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Artillery fire killed three people and wounded 10 on 26 August 2014.

 Second Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Singles
Ronghui Chen, China, City Express
Yiwu, China
Caption: Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air. He wears six masks a day and the hat protects his hair from the red dust, which covers workers from head to toe like soot after several hours of work.

 Second Prize Sports Category, Singles
Al Bello, USA, Getty Images
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

 Third Prize Portraits Category, Stories
Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu
Breda, The Netherlands
Cadet in the Koninklijke Militaire Academie
Story:Portraits of cadets from the most important military academies of Europe.

 First Prize Nature Category, Stories
Anand Varma, USA, for National Geographic Magazine
Caption: When spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled to bursting with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the ant's husk and rain spores onto ants below to begin the process again.

 Third Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Stories
Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine
El Dorado County, California, United States
Caption: Students in a schoolyard.
Story: Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border.

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