Winners of the 2013 World Press Photo Contest Announced – Some NSFW

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The winners of the 2013 World Press Photo Contest have been announced, with the photo of the year going to Paul Hansen from the Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter. His image was a haunting photo of a group of Palestinian men carrying the bodies of two small children, who were killed during fighting between Hamas and Israeli forces.

103,481 images were entered by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries. The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 54 photographers of 32 nationalities.

Mayu Mohanna, jury member from Peru, said of Hansen’s winning picture,“The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.”

World Press Photo of the Year 2012Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter 20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian TerritoriesTwo-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

2nd Prize Spot News SingleEmin Özmen, Turkey 31 July 2012, Aleppo, SyriaOpposition fighters regularly launched operations to seize suspected government informants after dark. Two informants were captured, declared guilty under interrogation, and tortured throughout the night; tired fighters had to be replaced so the torture could continue. After 48 hours, the captives were released.

2nd Prize Spot News StoriesFabio Bucciarelli, Italy, Agence France-Presse10 October 2012, Aleppo, SyriaA Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district.

1st Prize General News SingleRodrigo Abd, Argentina, The Associated Press10 March 2012, Idib, SyriaAida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling.

3rd Prize General News StoriesDaniel Berehulak, Australia, Getty ImagesJapan After the Wave07 March 2012, Rikuzentakata, JapanPine trees uprooted during the tsunami lay strewn over the beach.One year later, areas of Japan most impacted by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing, continue to struggle. Thousands of people remain living in temporary dwellings. The government faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods.

1st Prize Sports – Sports Action SingleWei Seng Chen, MalaysiaPacu Jawi Bull Race, Indonesia12 February 2012, Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, IndonesiaA jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields. The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages.

2nd Prize Sports – Sports Action StoriesSergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto AgencyThe Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics31 July 2012, London, UKAlaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt (top) in action against Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round 16 match.Years of training, thousands of battles, and hundreds of victories prepared fencing competitors for the opportunity to stand on the piste at the 2012 London Olympic Games to fight for gold.

1st Prize Sports – Sports Features StoriesJan Grarup, Denmark, LaifWomen’s Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia21 February 2012, Mogadishu, SomaliaThe Somali basketball association pays armed guards to watch over and protect Suweys and her team when they play.In Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia, young women risk their lives to play basketball. Suweys, the 19-year-old captain of a women's basketball team, and her friends defy radical Islamist views on women’s rights. They have received many death threats from not only al-Shabaab militias and radical Islamists, but some male members of their own families. "I just want to dunk," said Suweys. It is on the basketball court she feels happiest. "Basketball makes me forget all my problems.”

1st Prize Contemporary Issues SingleMicah Albert, USA, Redux Images03 April 2012, Nairobi, KenyaPausing in the rain, a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump, which literally spills into households of one million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across. She even likes the industrial parts catalogs. “It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking [trash],” she said.

1st Prize Contemporary Issues StoriesMaika Elan, Vietnam, MostThe Pink Choice, Vietnam22 June 2012, Da Nang, VietnamPhan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watch television to relax after studying at school.Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its Communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so, despite past human rights issues and a long-standing stigma. In August 2012, the country’s first public gay pride parade took place in Hanoi.

2nd Prize Daily Life SingleSøren Bidstrup, Denmark, BerlingskeEarly Morning on Summer Holiday, Italy08 July 2012, Jeselo, ItalySummer holiday camping. Someone is up a little too early.

1st Prize Daily Life StoriesFausto Podavini, ItalyMirella01 June 2010, Rome, ItalyDespite her husband's life-threatening disease, Mirella devoted her life to assisting Luigi, trying to be positive and reassuring, looking after him with intense love and respect. Everyday care, usually done in a few minutes, takes hours when it concerns someone with dementia.Mirella, 71, spent 43 years of her life with the only person she loved, with all of life's difficulties, laughter, and beautiful moments. But over the last six years things changed: Mirella lived with her husband Luigi’s illness, Alzheimer’s, and devoted her life to him as his caregiver.

2nd Prize Prize People – Staged Portraits SingleStefen Chow, Malaysia, for Smithsonian magazineAi Wei Wei06 February 2012, Beijing, ChinaAi Weiwei1st Prize People – Staged Portraits StoriesStephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, Panos for Mercy Ships/De StandaardPeople of Mercy, Guinea17 October 2012, Conakry, GuineaMakone Soumaoro, 30, goiter. “I don't have pain, but I am worried that my neck swells that much. I hope it it is not a tumor because I am a housewife and my man and three children need me.”Guinea is one of the least developed countries in the world. More than 60 percent of the population lives on less than one dollar per day. Three quarters of the population is illiterate. Health care is substandard and unaffordable for most people. Some get help with their health problems from NGO Mercy Ships aboard the hospital ship 'African Mercy' docked in the capital Conakry. They are treated by volunteer surgeons, doctors and nurses with such health issues as cataracts, teeth problems, and skin diseases to more complex orthopedic or tumor surgeries.

1st Prize Nature SingleChristian Ziegler, GermanySouthern Cassowary, Australia16 November 2012, Black Mountain Road, AustraliaThe endangered Southern Cassowary feeds on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree. Cassowaries are a keystone species in northern Australian rainforests because of their ability to carry so many big seeds such long distances.

1st Prize Nature StoriesPaul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic magazineEmperor Penguins, Ross Sea18 November 2011, Ross Sea, AntarcticaEven though they have evolved an incredibly advanced bubble physiology the greatest challenge they face is the loss of sea ice that supports their colonies and ecosystem.New science shows that Emperor Penguins are capable of tripling their swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers. These bubbles reduce the friction between their feathers and the icy seawater, allowing them to accelerate in the water. They use speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour to avoid leopard seals and to launch themselves up onto the ice.

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Incredible Images.  Chris thanks for the post. 

www.paulhancephotography.com 

Lorenzo P's picture

Wow!!!

I was directed to an interesting blog post ( http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/02/why-do-photo-contest-winners-look-l... ) from the RangefinderForum, and they make a good point - there is a lot more post processing these days, like it or hate it. I know that simply by the selection of film stock, you are making an editorial choice as well, but it is interesting to see how "finished" some of these images are.

You could, as an example, shoot a scene with Ilford Pan F 50 (a very fine grain film) for a very detailed, calm look. Shoot that same scene in TriX that has been pushed or developed hot, and you will have a much more grainy, "rough and tumble journalism" look. One you'd expect to use for a wedding, the other for a protest - and you've made an editorial choice that effects the final image.

Great photos as always. But, going through all of the photos, as a photojournalist who is a hardcore preacher of ethics, a lot of photojournalists are getting really loose with their use of photoshop.

I thought the same regarding post-processing. I was really surprised to see how much was obviously done to some of these images, and most surprised at how much was done to the Photo of the Year. It'd be nice to hear from the photographer or publication on their take on the subject. 

It's certainly a debate that will rage on forever.. When does a photo transform into a digital image?  When I say I can fix that later, I try to stop what i'm doing and get it right on the card...  But then think wait a minute.. adjusting lighting, using filters and various in camera settings to alter the true image before it writes? Where is the line really?    

I have to agree the post work on some of these images, particularly the overall winner is far greater than previous years. If the subject matter wasn't so totally tragic on that particular image, you would swear it was staged. There seems to be light sources everywhere. I think post work is all part of creating an image but just surprised at the level in this category.

Great selection

suǝddıʃıɥԀ ǝʞıW's picture

And nobody notices the missing photo (3rd price winner Ananda van der Pluijm) and the photo that got the pretty obvious wrong byline (from the missing van der Pluijm photo).
I don't know the photographer but it's the 1st price Daily Life Stories: Mirella (71) takes care of her terminally ill husband with whom she shared 43 years of marriage.

But please, rant about Photoshop and don't really look at the photos...

Aperiso Media's picture

Wow.. some incredibly powerful images there!! Amazing!!!

the majority of these images are over manipulated for press photos. And No I could care less about the manipulation they did in the film days. It's ridiculous. Its time outlets and contest put their foot down. This isn't documentation of reality.