Saturday, February 15, 2014

World Press Photo 2014

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night

 The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic.

Other winners:

Spot News
1st Prize Singles
Philippe Lopez ((AFP)

Survivors of typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8,000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines.

Spot News
1st Prize Stories
Goran Tomasevic

Syrian rebel fighters take position as they prepare to attack a Syrian Army checkpoint in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus. The men would soon would be hit by sniper fire.

General News
Alessandro Penso

Military Ramp, an emergency refugee center, was opened in September 2013 in an abandoned school in Sofia, Bulgaria. The center provides housing for about 800 Syrian refugees, including 390 children. Bulgaria, already hard hit by the economic crisis and heightened political instability, is confronting a refugee crisis that appears to coincide with increased efforts by Greece to close off its border with Turkey. Bulgaria, however, is totally unprepared to face a refugee crisis.

General News
Chris McGrath

View of a destroyed coastline in Tacloban City. Leyte, Philippines.

Contemporary Issues
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

"A Portrait of Domestic Violence"

Sports Action
Emiliano Lasalvia

Pablo Mac Donough of Dolfina falls from his horse during the Argentine Polo Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sports Action
Jia Guorong

Chinese gymnasts compete for medals on the horizontal, parallel and uneven bars in September 2013 at the National Athletic Meet in Shenyang, China.

Daily Life
Julius Schrank

Kachin Independence Army fighters are drinking and celebrating at a funeral of one of their commanders who died that day before. The city is under siege by the Burmese army.

Daily Life
Fred Ramos

"The Last Outfit of the Misssing"

Observed Portraits
Markus Schreiber

A woman reacts in disappointment after access to see former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was closed on the third and final days of his casket lying in state, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

Observed Portraits
Carla Kogelman

Hannah and Alena.
A series about two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts, Austria.

Staged Portraits
1st prize singles 
Brent Stirton

A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today. West Bengal, India.

Staged Portraits 
Danila Tkachenko

People who have decided to withdraw from society and live alone and isolated in the wilderness. Russia and Ukraine.

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