D-Photo is proud to present a selection of winners from the latest edition of the world’s biggest and most prestigious photojournalism competition, the World Press Photo contest.
Marking 57 years of the event, 2014 saw 53 photographers of 25 nationalities across the globe awarded prizes in nine themed categories.
World Press Photo of the Year 2013
John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic
February 26, 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti: 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.
Speaking of the winning image, jury member Jillian Edelstein praised Stanmeyer for the subtle poetics underlying a message of grave relevance.
“It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image.”
First Prize, General News Single
Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture
November 21, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria: Military Ramp, an emergency refugee centre, 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.
Second Prize, General News Stories
William Daniels, France, Panos Pictures for Time
November 17 2013, Central African Republic: Demonstrators gather on a street in Bangui to call for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia following the murder of Judge Modeste Martineau Bria by members of Seleka.
The Central African Republic has seen more than its fair share of coups and unrest over the five and a half decades since its independence from France. The current crisis, however, triggered by yet another coup, is starting to set in position a well armed, mainly Muslim militia that is refusing to disarm against Anti-balaka, Christian vigilante groups defending the country’s majority Christian population. The UN has warned of a potential slide into genocide and France has sent 1600 troops to protect civilians and disarm the different militia. Bordering on other highly volatile regions in central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Chad, the conflict is ringing alarm bells across the continent and beyond.
First Prize, Spot News Single
Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse
November 18, 2013, Tolosa, the Philippines: 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 8000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines.
First Prize, Spot News Stories
Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters
January 30, 2013, Damascus, Syria: Syrian rebel fighters take cover amid flying debris and shrapnel after being hit by a tank shell fired towards them by the Syrian Army in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus.
A Syrian rebel group planning an attack on government forces is hit by sniper fire in Damascus, Syria. After evacuating their comrade, who was shot in the chest and would later die from injuries, the rebels return to attack the checkpoint with rocket fire. Subsequently, government forces fired tank shells at the rebels. The rebels eventually retreated for the day to mourn the death of their comrade.
Second Prize, Spot News Stories
Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times
September 21, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya: A woman and children hiding in the Westgate mall. They escaped unharmed after gunmen had opened fire at the upscale Nairobi mall on 21 September 2013. At least 39 people were killed in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history.
Third Prize, Contemporary Issues Single
Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían
March 8, 2013, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico: Police arrive at a crime scene where two bodies hang from a bridge; another three are on the floor. They had been killed by organized crime in Saltillo, Coahuila, in retaliation against other criminal groups.
First Prize, Contemporary Issues Stories
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time
November 17, 2012, USA: As the fight continued to rage, Shane told Maggie that she could choose between getting beaten in the kitchen, or going with him to the basement so they could talk privately.
First Prize, Daily Life Single
Julius Schrank, Germany, De Volkskrant
March 15, 2013, Burma: Kachin Independence Army fighters are drinking and celebrating at a funeral of one of their commanders who died the day before. The city is under siege by the Burmese army.
First Prize, Daily Life Stories
Fred Ramos, El Salvador, El Faro
August 10, 2013, San Salvador, El Salvador: Date found: February 1, 2013, time 3:45 PM, location: a sugar plantation in Apopa, San Salvador. Sex: Female, age: between 17 and 18 years old, time of disappearance: not available.
The North Central American Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) is one of the most violent regions in the world. In many cases, clothes that are found become the only means to identify victims.
Second Prize, Sports Action Single
Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa
March 24, 2013, Szczyrk, Poland: Competitor at a slalom contest in Szczyrk.
Third Prize, Sports Action Stories
Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images
April 27, 2013, Adelaide, Australia: Daniel Arnamnart of Australia competes in the men’s 100-metre backstroke during day two of the Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide.
First Prize, Sports Feature Stories
Peter Holgersson, Sweden
December 19, 2013, Lidingö, Sweden: Nadja feeling better just before her last treatment.
Swedish athlete Nadja Casadei has participated in the World and European Championships in heptathlon. In autumn 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer and by January 2014 she completed her chemotherapy. She has continued to train throughout her illness, hoping to be healthy and ready by the summer for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
First Prize, People – Observed Portraits Single
Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press
December 13, 2013, Pretoria, South Africa: A woman reacts in disappointment after access to see former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was closed on the third and final day of his casket lying in state, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria.
First Prize, People – Observed Portraits Stories
Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands
July 19, 2012, Merkenbrechts, Austria: Hannah and Alena, two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts.
First Prize, People – Staged Portraits Single
Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images
September 25, 2013, West Bengal, India: A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today.
Second Prize, People – Staged Portraits Stories
Denis Dailleux, France, Agence Vu
February 3, 2011, Cairo, Egypt: Ali, a young Egyptian bodybuilder, poses with his mother.
Third Prize, Nature Stories
Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine
January 25 2011, Congo: A five-year-old bonobo turns out to be the most curious individual of a wild group of bonobos near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Despite being humans’ closest living relatives, little is known about bonobos and their behavior in the wild in remote parts of the Congo basin. Bonobos are threatened by habitat loss and bush meat trade.
First Prize, Nature Stories
Steve Winter, USA, for National Geographic
March 2, 2013, Los Angeles, USA: A cougar walking a trail in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is captured by a camera trap. To reach the park, which has been the cougar’s home for the last two years it had to cross two of the busiest highways in the US.
Cougars are among the most adaptable and widespread terrestrial mammals in the Western Hemisphere, with a range that extends from the tip of Chile to the Canadian Yukon. They are increasingly being seen in and around towns and cities, including Los Angeles and in the Hollywood Hills. Fear of these secretive cats, combined with a lack of adequate public knowledge, tends to justify the thousands of cougars killed every year. Scientists in Wyoming’s Teton National Forest are outfitting them with GPS collars and camera trapping to learn more about basic behaviors and to lift the veil of mystery surrounding them.
For more on this year’s World Press Photo winners, including New Zealand’s successful entrant, be sure to pick up D-Photo 59, on sale March 17.