World Press Photo of the Year Announced

February 18, 2016 at 11:51 am  •  Posted in Awards and Contests, News & Events by

Contemporary Issues, third prize singles / John J. Kim, USA, for Chicago Tribune / March Against Police Violence, November 25, 2015 / Lamon Reccord stares down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Contemporary Issues, third prize singles / John J. Kim, USA, for Chicago Tribune / March Against Police Violence, November 25, 2015 / Lamon Reccord stares down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
(John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

World Press Photo has announced the results of its annual photo contest, which had 82,951 photographs submitted by 5,775 photographers from 128 countries. The winning photographs will be featured in a touring exhibition that will stop at about 100 cities in 45 countries, starting at De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on April 16. This year the exhibition will visit the Canadian cities of Ottawa (July 22-August 17) and Montreal (August 28-October 1).

World Press Photo of the Year: Warren Richardson, Australia, 2015, Hope for a New Life / A man passes a baby through the fence at the Serbia/Hungary border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015.

World Press Photo of the Year: Warren Richardson, Australia, 2015, Hope for a New Life / A man passes a baby through the fence at the Serbia/Hungary border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015.

The World Press Photo of the Year (above) was taken by Warren Richardson of Australia. He explained how he got the image, “I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”

 Daily Life, first prize singles / Kevin Frayer, Canada, for Getty Images / China's Coal Addiction, November 26, 2015, Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China. / A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming.

Daily Life, first prize singles / Kevin Frayer, Canada, for Getty Images / China’s Coal Addiction, November 26, 2015, Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China. / A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming.

 General News, first prize stories / Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times / Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis. September 18, 2015, Refugees attempt to board a train headed to Zagreb, Croatia, in Tovarnik, Hungary.

General News, first prize stories / Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times / Reporting Europe’s Refugee Crisis. September 18, 2015, Refugees attempt to board a train headed to Zagreb, Croatia, in Tovarnik, Hungary.