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World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners

By dpreview staff on Feb 15, 2013 at 19:49 GMT

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has won the World Press Photo 2013 award for his picture of a Palestinian family carrying two children who were killed in an Israeli missile strike to their funeral. The contest also awarded prizes in eight other categories ranging from Sports to Portraits. 

Some of these images may be familiar from news coverage throughout the year, but they make a compelling and inspiring reminder of the exceptional level of photojournalism across the world.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

The World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was awarded to Swedish photographer Paul Hansen his picture of a Palestinian family carrying two children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral.

Category Winners

Winners of World Press Photo 2013 awards were selected from over 100,000 images. Each of the eight categories had two first, second and third place winners -- one for a single image and one for a photo story series.

Rodrigo Abd's photo of a woman recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army, won the first prize singles in the General News category. Wei Seng Chen's photo of a jockey displaying relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields, won first prize singles in the Sports Action category.

All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and will be published in a yearbook. 

Nemanja Pancic's photo of little Milan Ponjiger who survived a fall from the sixth floor, but whose parents did not, won the first prize singles in the Observed Portraits category.

The entire collection of winning images and honorable mentions from the 56th World Press Photo Contest can be seen at the World Press Photo website and are well worth a look.

Paul Nicklen's photo series of Emperor Penguins demonstrating high swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers, won the first places stories in the Nature category. Fausto Podavini's photo of 71-year-old Mirella who devoted her life to her ailing husband as his caregiver, won first prize stories in the Daily Life category. 

Comments

Total comments: 298
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Dafffid
By Dafffid (Feb 16, 2013)

How foolish of me. I expected a hundred of the usual comments on how the winner didn't deserve to win because blah blah blah. Instead it's a litany of ignorant bigotry disguised as pseudo-political posturing. I thought this was a digital photography website; I was clearly wrong. I think we need to update Godwin's Law.

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rufusrm44
By rufusrm44 (Feb 16, 2013)

it's a digital photography website of ignorance peeps who buy very expensive stuff to make themselves feel good about being so bad at what they try to do. then they need to judge others with absurd statements injected with passive-aggressive political opinions.

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ogl
By ogl (Feb 16, 2013)

HAMAS puts the rocket launchers near civilians homes. They also make "human shield" from kids and women. HAMAS hates Israel more that they love their children.
The winining photo is too much post processing. And too politically committed.

Our society is sick if the photos of dead children are at 1st place.

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

@Maloy Not sure what your point is ogl simply rephrased a famous quote from Golda Meir: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us". She also had another famous one -"What bothers me most is not that Arabs kill our children, but that they force us to kill theirs".

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Feb 16, 2013)

Hm.. pretty accurate description. One would say that those fanatic guys simply lack "love".

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Feb 16, 2013)

Indeed, the Arabs have the most dangerous and dishonest propaganda machine since the Nazis in WW2. And that's no surprise, it was the Nazis who taught the Arabs all they needed to know on how to demonise, and they are doing a wonderful job. The awards committee for this photograph have been duped.

When there was that massacre in Mumbai and the amazing Gavriel Holtzberg & family where slaughtered, no one used the images (of the bodies) as propaganda, neither did the British during WW2 when the Germans bombed our cities, nor do the Americans in terrorist atrocities. For the latter entities know where to draw the line.

Never commented on a public forum before about matter's Muddle Eastern, but images such as the winning one deceive those (in particular naive malleable youth) who have little idea as to what is going on 'on the ground', and this will breed yet more anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. The deceitful liberal media aught to be ashamed of their duplicity.

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tolleknolle
By tolleknolle (Feb 16, 2013)

Yep. These images are cheap emotional fodder, and they reap first places with the predictability of the knee-jerk reflex. Ugh!

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 16, 2013)

"They also make "human shield" from kids and women."

Any proof or evidence?

- - -

Propaganda requires huge amount of money; palestinians cannot afford to compete in this field with their counterpart, whose propaganda is massive.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Feb 16, 2013)

Um, like they put their missile launchers/outposts next to hospitals/schools?

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rufusrm44
By rufusrm44 (Feb 16, 2013)

israel shoots innocent peeps, assassinates peeps unilaterally, doesn't follow international law but wants international recognition. blah blah blah. what's the point? you guess it's too much post processing...because....it just looks it. like who you think is bad cause they just look it. also, it's a war photo, of course it's politically committed. are you serious about what you last said? have you read the headline news in the US? of course our society is sick, but not because of two dead children in the winning shot. the photo is not tied to why our society is sick, that's a far more complex subject to broach.

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 17, 2013)

"like they put their missile launchers/outposts next to hospitals/schools?"

Any proof or evidence?

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Feb 17, 2013)

You have to a have a really bad enemy, to justify your own atrocities. Each side has an interest in picturing their enemy worse than they are.

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rmbackus
By rmbackus (Feb 16, 2013)

I thought this is the 2012 winner ?
There is a bit of confusion in the media, some say 2012 others 2013.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Feb 16, 2013)

Does it matter?

Will next year be different?

Sure "another" war/dead body photo will win.

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Feb 17, 2013)

another tone mapped painting you mean. - this isn't a photo.

Some "journalists" will even build up the whole scene with burned toys on the foreground or ask to their guide to play dead. (just google it, it happened many times)

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Simon Zeev
By Simon Zeev (Feb 16, 2013)

About the #1: I am sorry for the children, but every military operation can be collateral damages including non involved civilians. Don't forget that the HAMAS terrorists are also civilians and they deserve every bullet.
No one saw us running to the shelter at 2:30 am and we don't publish our dead's pictures. Not even the mother of 4 that was killed in the street by a palestinian rocket . In those days of the 2012 conflyct they shoot more than 1000 rockets on Israeli cities.
The difference is that when Israel shoots they are collateral damages.
Palestinians shoot to kill civilians.

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

Dead Jews is no news...best example is, how reluctantly the Itamar-masacre was reported by western media...even though the murders were carried out with cruelty unheard of. But I guess the media figured, if a six year old, a two year old and a three months old "Settler" got butchered (along with their parents), they must have "somehow earned it"...

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

Wow Maloy...you will win an argument any day...

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Managarm
By Managarm (Feb 16, 2013)

Please stop your propaganda of good vs evil. It's no better than Mr. Hansen's, except he gets paid for doing so.
Dead people are dead people, no matter where they come from.

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 16, 2013)

100% false: Israel shoots to kill civilians as well, w/o making any differences between Hamas people, children, families etc. etc.

Their mission is to submit all palestinians.

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Kavu
By Kavu (Feb 16, 2013)

rikyxxx as a former IDF soldier, I can say with certainty that you are just full of crap. As much as Maloy.

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 16, 2013)

@Kavu

Please enlight me: how con you force a white phosphorus cloud to go only on a specific person?

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Feb 17, 2013)

dead people with ice-topping and cherries look kind of disturbing to me - if the purpose of Mr Hansen was to sell a fake sweetened vision of death, well done !... This makes no sense.

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Christoph v Ballmoos
By Christoph v Ballmoos (Feb 16, 2013)

Seems a lot tougher to get a winning picture when you are not in a crisis area. In that photographers sense: May the wars all around the world never stop...
As serious as all this is, I think, this "it has to be tears or blood on a picture to win a prize" mentality gives a wrong sign. To me, most of those shots are pure voyeurism, but well pairing up with the nowadays understanding what good journalism seems to be. In that very sense, if you have the chance to capture a beautiful moment with your camera today or anytime, do it, you heal the world a tiny little bit.
My feelings are with the victims of all those stupid and unnecessary wars around us. And as history has proven us over and over again: Blood always leads to more blood.. We probably should start thinking about a new strategy.
Have a peaceful time.

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cdleon70
By cdleon70 (Feb 16, 2013)

Amen to that...we are trivializing the human suffering.

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jadmaister2
By jadmaister2 (Feb 16, 2013)

Photojournalism showing the power it has to make us feel.
In many cases, sadly, making me feel ashamed to be human.

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photoramone
By photoramone (Feb 16, 2013)

Get a grip, maloy... Nobody wants to see/hear YOUR opinion, once you get weal squooooy. And believe me, you come off REAL SCREWY!!

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photoramone
By photoramone (Feb 16, 2013)

Now I liked that. And have "LIKED" a number of your postings, until you get to thinking that you're the only one thinling, then it gets Squoooie, very screwy indeed..And by compareing your grand postings to my very few postings, I have to assume you're into competitve Squoooie!! RJM

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compay
By compay (Feb 16, 2013)

congratulations Paul Hanson. You have made a true photograph in a very dangerous area for a photographer/journalist. Israel don't like photographers at the prison they have made called Gaza. Really a lot of respect for you.
Civilians are killed ...by bombs in a city environment is an act against the geneve convention. The world should know, the world should act but no we do nothing...even people write stupid heartless comments.....

this photograph didnot reach the mass media...it is only pupblished in a swedish newspaper...it deserved much much more attention......so also respect for the jury to have the courage to give the price to this photo.

all we need is peace in Israel and Palestina. Two states that will live next to each other. The ivilians of Israel and Palestina deserves that....stop the brainwashing by mass media...show the reality...and then justice can happen

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

What a crap...so lobing 12.000 missiles at Israeli cities is in conjunction with Geneva Convention? As a matter of fact civilian infrastructure becomes a legitimate military target as soon as it is misused for military purposes. You should be glad Israel doesn't act like NATO when it comes to such targets...

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Julian
By Julian (Feb 16, 2013)

Tatoo - I really think you don't understand what motivates this kind of photograph at all. Perhaps you think its best that the public don't get to learn about the plight of these 2 dead children, that we don't get to learn about the dire situation that lead to their deaths, that we remain ignorant?

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taotoo
By taotoo (Feb 16, 2013)

I would argue that i do indeed understand what motivates this kind of photograph. Our primary interest is ourselves. The common reasoning you've given is simply a story invented by the mind in order to justify our actions as being 'good'.

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Julian
By Julian (Feb 16, 2013)

Well only a week ago I sat down to a 3 hour lecture by 2 award winning photojournalists one of whom had spent considerable time shooting in palestine, both of whom explained their motivation to keep on shooting. She was keen to point out that her work was not well paid, that she absolutely did not take the pictures for the recognition, she took the shots to make sure the world understood the plight of the people she photographed, to convey to the world the horror of their situation, and above all to try to change peoples attitudes. I did not invent anything - but I put it to you that in your post you did.

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

So she has become a political activist for "the Palestinian cause". Is that legitimate for a journalist? I doubt that...

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taotoo
By taotoo (Feb 16, 2013)

Well she would be keen to point that out wouldn't she...

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taotoo
By taotoo (Feb 16, 2013)

Bet those two dead children would be overjoyed to learn some photographer is furthering their career on the back of their corpses.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Feb 16, 2013)

Thats reason why there isnt that much war journalists at first place. Not many ppl have stomach for that.

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inq_runoff
By inq_runoff (Feb 16, 2013)

The bull race photo has become a cliche. Shame.

But, judgement in photography always brings out negative emotions, that's it.

IMO i don't get it how people are not yet bored sick of a eon old arab/israeli conflict. Why not just stop covering it altogether till one destroys the other or they both eradicate each other. The real end of the conflict would be some exciting news.

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Omar GFX
By Omar GFX (Feb 16, 2013)

shame on you !!
i don't care which photo win or lose, but i hope one day i c u like the palestinians who lost their families and home land, to c your reaction about it !!
shame on you and on all who think like you

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (Feb 16, 2013)

Since the winning photograph is political I think I'm entitled to also be historical reminder:
UK gave that land back to Israel (from Turkey?) for free.
Israelites then bought that country from anyone living there.
The Arabs called out any muslims in the area and pushed the Israelites inside planning on to terminate them all.
During the 19 years when the Arabs had the Gaza+West-bank there was NEVER "a Palestinian State".
Israel got the those areas after yet another genoside attempt.
Now the clever thing happened:
Just claim and repeat it that it's the Israelites who are bad.
Enough lies and everybody believes it.
The Gaza strip was given to the 98% dominant race in a peace treaty where NO ROCKETS would EVER be launced towards Israel. Guess what?
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I'm not claiming that Israel has not done wrong.
Both sides has lost a lot of civilian lives among them children
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Every nation has a dark side :-(
Guantanamo?
Bombing of Dresden as a revenge?
May God be merciful on us...

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Mxyzpltk
By Mxyzpltk (Feb 16, 2013)

So Israel bought that country from "ANYONE" living there? funny how they teach the story to make it sound better.
They bought the land from the landlords, a few privileged ones sold the land where the people lived, and who didn't have a say in the matter and where forced to leave the land where their families had lived for many generations. Just place yourself in that position for a moment.

Do you really believe that negotiations went with thousands of people to buy their properties? c'mon I'm sure you can do better than that. And as you say, it only went from bad to worst for those families from there.

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Kavu
By Kavu (Feb 16, 2013)

Jews had been purchasing land there since the late 19th century actually....crack a history book once in a while...

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califleftyb
By califleftyb (Feb 16, 2013)

Your racist comment is disgusting and hopefully gets you banned for your anti-Semitic remark. Not all Jews are Israeli, and you may be surprised to learn that not all Israelis are Jews.

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ogl
By ogl (Feb 16, 2013)

It's the shame...The wining photo is the shame.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 16, 2013)

300

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mkandil
By mkandil (Feb 16, 2013)

congratulations for the wining photo.
Also it can be a daily photo since isreali crimes never end in that region !

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Feb 16, 2013)

Since you are from Lebanon, it makes perfect sense that you would know a few things about crimes and human rights abuses, lol, am I right? :P

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mkandil
By mkandil (Feb 16, 2013)

yes u r right !
i know very well how israel killed our people and occupied our country because we supported the palestinian issue and the refugees. is this the human rights which u r talking about ?!!!

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

Well, that's what you get for supporting a side which is engaged in active military activities against another country. That's the way it works, pal, whether it is wrong or not. Just check the history - Mussolini's Italy, Japan in 1945, Talib's Afghanistan, etc. they all failed victims of their own choices. Perhaps, your country should do best to stay away from the next conflict it doesn't belong to...

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mkandil
By mkandil (Feb 16, 2013)

actually this what we get because Israel is our neighbour. This country living on war and terrorism and will always do. My country supported the pallestinians by building camps for them, but israel attacked us as well as the camps

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

There are other muslim countries sharing a border with Israel. Yet, they are nor occupied, neither attacked. I am sure your people can learn a couple of things form Jordan or from Egyppt which could help your country to stay ouf of the next conflict (a hint - how about signing a Peace treaty with Israel?). And by the way, people of both Jordan and Egypt do support Palestinians, yet both countries are officially in the state of PEACE with Israel.

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mkandil
By mkandil (Feb 16, 2013)

Hehe, it is rediculous when people intend to forget history. Isreal entered the war with all countries surrounding it and occupied a peace of it. Read history...read this !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab–Israeli_conflict

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Kavu
By Kavu (Feb 16, 2013)

I think you have conveniently forgot quite a bit of history. Israel didn't choose war with its neighbors...the Palestinians did choose not to accept the UN charter though (oops).

Shame about Lebanon....beautiful country on the one hand, laid to waste by a lot of hate mongerers.

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

@mkandil Your argument doesn't make any sense in the context of your country being in the middle of the conflict while Jordan and Egypt are not. Yet you call them ridiculous... I feel sorry for your beautiful country which was called Switzerland of Mediterranean before you let Hezbollah to turn it into hate mongerers nest.

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stan_pustylnik
By stan_pustylnik (Feb 16, 2013)

This is documentary, strict and cold. Perfect photograph, sharp, deep and shocking. Thanks for sharing consequences for daily rocket fire of Israel. Good job, photographer! I'm VERY SORRY for loss of inocent life of children.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Feb 16, 2013)

Interesting that 6 out of the last 7 years of 'winners' take place in the Middle East.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Press_Photo_of_the_Year

The judges seem to have a fixation with that region.

Contrived propaganda gets tiring after a while. More and more are waking up and growing sick of it, this predictabile tendency of the MSM to distort and tell half truths (on a good day).

The rest of the world has compelling problems that need attention too, and fascinating scenes to depict as well. Don't ignore this area and conflicts in question here, but don't obsess with it at the expense of ignoring the rest of the world either.

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Feb 16, 2013)

100% agree ! There is an over-exposition of the Middle-East in these photo-journalism contests ! Far too much !

Why don't bother with the fate of albinos in Africa (cf: http://www.africanews.com/site/Tanzania_Albinos_in_danger/list_messages/20418 ) where they are butchered and turn into lucky-charms or lucky-meat ? Too horrible to be shown ?

Why don't bother with the urban violence that bursts everyday more and more in Europe ? Too disturbing for the multiculturalism ideologist ?

Why don't bother with Fukushima where hundreds of tons of radioactive waters are released even nowdays in the sea; not dramatic enough ?

Why don't bother with more positive subjects ? Not emotional enough ?

Is photojournalism designed to be a polically oriented and a showbusiness-like raw emotions provider ?

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photoramone
By photoramone (Feb 16, 2013)

Just who are the JUDGES? And from where do they Hail? And I'm not sure that THEIR politics are conflicting with my own.... BUT, I'm not shoving mine down the readers throats!!

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Banhmi
By Banhmi (Feb 17, 2013)

Agreed. These photo awards have been corrupted into "MSM-approved visual rhetoric" awards.

DPReview should host its own photo awards!

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Digitall
By Digitall (Feb 16, 2013)

Still speaking of World Press Photo 2013, this is a true story, I read some stories of photographers and this caught my attention in particular...

Portuguese unemployed wins World Press Photo prize with photo taken in Guinea-Bissau! Daniel Rodrigues, 25, won the first prize in the category "Daily Life", the contest of 2013 World Press Photo, the winners of which were announced on Friday. The photograph that won the prize was taken in Guinea-Bissau and portrays a football game in a 'field' improvised. The Portuguese photographer has been unemployed since September and had to sell his photographs for a living. His greatest desire is to regain camera, lenses and equipment, in order to return again to photojournalism.
The prize was 1.500€, about 1998 usd.
Makes us think a little...

http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013/daily-life/daniel-rodrigues?gallery=6096

News link (translated by Bing) http://sol.sapo.pt/inicio/Cultura/Interior.aspx?content_id=68305

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

Surprise, Surprise! As every year the winner is a picture related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And it goes without saying that there is no chance in hell that it ever would depict the Israeli side of the story. But I guess, rockets fired at Israeli civilians from beside a kindergarden in Gaza don't make as "good" news as children killed in a strike on those same rockets...

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

Oh, and in case you don't believe me, go back through the dpreview news section a few weeks to find out what made the Time Magazines picture of the yea 2012r...

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JuanInsurrexit
By JuanInsurrexit (Feb 16, 2013)

Please, show me pictures like that in Israel. The genocide and the invasion is agaisnt palestinians, and thats is the reality.

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Feb 16, 2013)

To JuanInsurrexit: for sure the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a huge topic. But is it the only one to be shown on earth, and is it the only one to deserve to be awarded, again and again and again ?

Some will say showing a conflict helps to resolve the problem. Maybe. But the results seem not so obvious after so many Israeli-Palestinian conflict related photo won a prestigious prize. And once again, there are plenty of big issues in the world that deserve to be photographicaly pointed out too.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 16, 2013)

"the Israeli side of the story."

Yeah, and pictures of Warshaw ghetto should have shown German side of the story too. After all, those vile Jews in the ghetto killed nice innocent German soldiers.
Instead we got total propaganda like this:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=fH6AlD5sjZFOFM&tbnid=nC-vI5meHeC2cM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fabagond.wordpress.com%2F2012%2F12%2F03%2Fwarsaw-ghetto%2F&ei=8H8fUeSIAcTn2QXGwYH4AQ&bvm=bv.42553238,d.aWc&psig=AFQjCNHgHW6Fo_irsEABRRiAdTigot3YvQ&ust=1361105225365296

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JuanInsurrexit
By JuanInsurrexit (Feb 16, 2013)

To William. Sure there are many other conflicts in the world, and i see pictures about those in WPP 2013 Winners, for example Wounded Knee, Syria, Sudán, Rio Favelas and the gangs from El Salvador. The facts are than the ocupation and genocide of the Palestinian are today, one of the worst and most dangerous conflicts in the world.

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

@JuanInsurrexit You wanted some photos from the other side?

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/148145_10151512221041124_1888083141_n.jpg

http://www.idfblog.com/2012/10/24/updating-50-rockets-fired-at-israel-from-gaza/gaza_attack/

http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/World/0/371/Mideast%20Gaza%20Strike%20Bus.jpg

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/121120112850-01-gaza-1120-horizontal-gallery.jpg

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/pb-121112-rocket-da-02.photoblog900.jpg

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 16, 2013)

@il_alexk
I respect all victims, but for one photos of yours do exist at least 100 even more shocking photos from the palestinian side. At least.

And this "photos-ratio" is not related to same sort of pro-palestine propaganda, but represent faithfully the existing violence-ratio between both sides.

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Feb 16, 2013)

@ricky There is probably equal amount of violence at both sides (otherwise, one of the sides would have already won, don't you think?). Israelis are just more efficient when it comes to defend their children, you'll have to admit that. Anyway, do you know the ratio between the number of Americans killed in 9/11 to the number of Al Qaeda/Taliban fighters that perished in Afghanistan together with their kids and wives?

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rikyxxx
By rikyxxx (Feb 17, 2013)

"There is probably equal amount of violence at both sides"

No, you're wrong: body counting isn't something I like, but killed palestinians are many more, by far.

"otherwise, one of the sides would have already won, don't you think?"

I don't get the logic in it as much as I don't get the link between al-qaeda and Palestin.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Feb 16, 2013)

Wow, so many consumers of sour grapes here! Unbelievable.

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Feb 16, 2013)

Two thousands years before, people liked to go to the roman circus to attend an hollistic show: every human emotions were depicted through a large variety of shows. The most enjoyable as we know was the gladiators fightings. Alas, two thousands years later, a lot of commoners still like to watch at bloody scenes the most. Horror, sorrow, fright, pity and rage, all in the same shot, there are very few shows that can compare to that !

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 16, 2013)

Syria pic = D700 50/1.4

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houssamattal
By houssamattal (Feb 16, 2013)

Apparently antisemetic and antipenguine judges have made their way to the jury, again.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 16, 2013)

Howso?

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Antony John
By Antony John (Feb 17, 2013)

Apparently when one can't argue on facts/reality one has to resort to name calling?

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cdleon
By cdleon (Feb 16, 2013)

No thanks! I pass...

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StayClassy
By StayClassy (Feb 16, 2013)

I bet that if the winning photo was taken in Israel, it would not have been the winning photo.

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phips243
By phips243 (Feb 16, 2013)

Yeah, unless it is exploitable to incite against Israel...and the worst thing is, one cannot even be sure whether the situation depicted in the "winning picture" isn't a lie altogether...there have been several (become to known) occations, when Palestinians - even children - posed as "dead" for the media, eager to be fooled to (or even actively) participate in a propaganda stunt. Do I need to say "Mohammed al-Dura"?

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adam3544
By adam3544 (Feb 16, 2013)

I totally agree with you.

4 upvotes
Antony John
By Antony John (Feb 16, 2013)

Yup, all the shelling, bullets, white phosphorous and missiles have never harmed anyone in Palestine.
It's all a staged lie.

2 upvotes
l_cheetah
By l_cheetah (Feb 16, 2013)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Dx9LjnQOY

1 upvote
Mais78
By Mais78 (Feb 16, 2013)

Would love to see the RAW of the (nice) winning photo. Heavily post processed, looks cartoon-like.

7 upvotes
Mais78
By Mais78 (Feb 16, 2013)

" The image was taken with an EOS 5D Mark III DSLR at a focal length of 16mm; the exposure was 1/800sec at f/5, ISO 400"

To start with, the lighting conditions must have been very different from what the final processed picture suggets.

5 upvotes
M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Feb 16, 2013)

Indeed, selective contrast and lighting in the faces (to make it more dramatic) changes of the color toning on the white cloth.Added vignetting (probable by burning and dodging a lot) in the corners.

The composition is very good.

3 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 16, 2013)

I was wondering this myself. It says no flash, but something is filling their faces. Maybe light reflected off a window? Maybe an assistant with a reflector? Either way, I wouldn't want to be the photographer in front of that angry throng. And at 16mm, you gotta get in the thick of it to get that type of subject size.

Kudos to the photog either way! But it does make one curious how much post happens on press photos these days.

0 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 16, 2013)

...and I can dump the full exif if anybody is realllly curious. Just say the word.

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Feb 16, 2013)

Cartoon-like??? Will love to see how YOUR photos stack up.

2 upvotes
Peksu
By Peksu (Feb 16, 2013)

I was wandering the same thing as soon as I gazed on the picture, there is some serious photoshopping and filtering going on in there.

2 upvotes
Mais78
By Mais78 (Feb 16, 2013)

@photo nuts you are just a couple of clicks away, you can see my dpreview gallery. By the way i am an amateur, dont feel that you need to be a pro to judge a pro.

3 upvotes
Dédéjr
By Dédéjr (Feb 16, 2013)

Politically correct xenophobic imagery wins again i see, rock on huh!

8 upvotes
Mais78
By Mais78 (Feb 16, 2013)

what's xenophobic in that image??

0 upvotes
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Feb 16, 2013)

Here is a bit about the photographer and the photograph

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/world_press_photo_2012_winner_announced.do

0 upvotes
Paul Auclair
By Paul Auclair (Feb 16, 2013)

wow!!!
surprise, surprise!!!
another image of dead child/children from a war torn area wins another 'Grand Prize'.
way to capture the "money shot" and thanks also so much for posting it front page. Very refreshing!!!!

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11 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 16, 2013)

Aren't you surprized it was not another boring flower or insect?

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 16, 2013)

We must remember that "World Press" images are not your everyday kind of mushy, comfortable, politically correct, wholesome, safe, humane, warm and cuddly fare.

The winners reflect the heart and soul (and bias) of the judges... whoever they are.

So if they are the same judges year after year... the images will be the same year after year.

*yawn*

.

3 upvotes
M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Feb 16, 2013)

The jury is international and consists indeed out of the same persons, at least for several years.

The jury selects always images of situations which are most in the news, or of events which has world wide impact. Unfortunately that are mostly catastrophes, wars and other misery at a grand scale.

The composition is very good, but I do not like the 'made' toning (added selective contrast and lighting) and the added vignetting.

2 upvotes
SaulTh
By SaulTh (Feb 16, 2013)

Very good photos, but cranking local contrast makes them look like cartoon pictures, or like a screenshot of PS3 war game, rather than a real event, which distances me from the event being captured.

6 upvotes
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Feb 15, 2013)

Congrats to the Winners! Beside knowing how to shoot, it is also of paramount importance to know what to submit.
Percentage-wise, we could all learn what gets the high marks in any contest by just looking at what defines today's news: if it isn't extreme or expensive or tragic (possibly all of the three combined), then it does not exist.

1 upvote
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Feb 15, 2013)

The photos are excellent even if the choice of subject may not be up to everyones taste (it does seem that pain and suffering is dominating this contest more than necessary).

But what staggers me a bit is the about of PP many of these photos have - takes them far from reality and actually diminishes the impact a less processed photo may have had.

4 upvotes
Dazzer8888
By Dazzer8888 (Feb 15, 2013)

I totally agree with you. I think all the photoshop in that winning photo really detracts from the impact...makes it feel more like a Nike commercial then a real life situation.

But who knows, perhaps, for a layperson without any technical knowledge or interest this has maximum impact?!

By the way, i thought there were rules about photo journos photoshopping?!

4 upvotes
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Feb 16, 2013)

Some lash out against camera phones and instamatic, how is this better?

Don't get me wrong it's a good photo anyway and very in line with the recent winners and the photographer is certainly accomplished. I just don't know why news photos need that much processing.

Of course, in other instances such as Adnan Hajj we do know.

1 upvote
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Feb 15, 2013)

Decay of western civilization. Why am I not surprised the photo used for propaganda purposes won the World Press Photo of the Year?

9 upvotes
Rmano
By Rmano (Feb 15, 2013)

I wouldn't call decay when someone, in sticking images, will remind us that behind politics, strategies and, yes, propaganda there is real pain and real innocent that die. No one with a son or daughter can avoid feeling the desperation of the first shot. If everybody could, someday, feel it before it happens, our civilization would be a better one (western or not).
Anyway, awesome photos.

4 upvotes
Kavu
By Kavu (Feb 15, 2013)

Photo of the year? Really? The predictably morbid themes and processed looks of many of the photos seem...trite....

10 upvotes
Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Feb 15, 2013)

What a bizarre contest. Highly stylized, morally obvious/predictable reportage.

15 upvotes
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Feb 15, 2013)

I agree, Digitall, when war starts to look like art or hdr...

Almost makes me long for something shot on an iPhone [ducks for cover]

2 upvotes
Mikael Risedal
By Mikael Risedal (Feb 15, 2013)

grattis Paul

Congratulations Paul Hansen and DN, a daily news paper here in Sweden who focuses on good documentary photos .First the Picture of the Year and now this World Press Photo.

3 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Feb 15, 2013)

If propaganda equals good documentary, then two Josephs (Stalin and Goebbels) should have been sharing the Picture of the Year awards every year.

12 upvotes
Fog Maker
By Fog Maker (Feb 15, 2013)

Leni Riefenstahl

Art, documentary or propaganda?

Or a combination of all three?

Frank Capra?

(Both of them awarded)

0 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (Feb 15, 2013)

Too much PP for photojournalism pictures?

12 upvotes
David Naylor
By David Naylor (Feb 15, 2013)

That's an interesting observation. Here in Sweden photojournalists tend to go further with their editing than what is common in the US and UK.

1 upvote
jkrumm
By jkrumm (Feb 16, 2013)

This I can agree on. Many of them look like overdone landscapes or model shots. It's like being a print journalist and insisting on using a flowery font for all your articles. Gets in the way of the story.

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2 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Feb 15, 2013)

Yet again, award winning images of pain, suffering, dead children, death, blood... and penguins, among others. War makes money.

21 upvotes
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Feb 16, 2013)

Little known fact was that the emperor penguins were at war with the empress penguins during the time those images were taken...

2 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Feb 15, 2013)

Wow, check out the DR on the Palestinian photo and the pixel sharpness on the cow race and emperor penguin photos. :D

6 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Feb 15, 2013)

Well played, sir :)

2 upvotes
virgil gabriel
By virgil gabriel (Feb 15, 2013)

Magnificent winners!

2 upvotes
kenscott
By kenscott (Feb 15, 2013)

I'd love to see the RAW files ;)

6 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Feb 15, 2013)

Those are the shots that aren't taken while everyone argues pixel sharpness and dynamic range.

Excellent photos full of emotion.

9 upvotes
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