World Press Photo of the Year 2015 goes to Warren Richardson
Amsterdam, 18 February 2016
The jury of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Australian photographer Warren Richardson as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015.
The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.
Richardson’s picture–which also won first prize in the Spot News category–shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary). Taken at night on 28 August 2015, this man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.
Hope for a New Life
Spot News, first prize singles
World Press Photo of the Year 2015
A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015.
Warren Richardson - Australia
Warren Richardson is a freelance photojournalist currently working in Eastern Europe.
Haze in China
Contemporary Issues, first prize singles
December 10, 2015
A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China.
Commissioned by Tianjin Daily
Zhang Lei - China
China's Coal Addiction
Daily Life, first prize singles
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.
Commissioned by Getty Images
Kevin Frayer - Canada
IS Fighter Treated at Kurdish Hospital
General News, first prize singles
August 1, 2015
A doctor rubs ointment on the burns of Jacob, a 16-year-old Islamic State fighter, in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, at a Y.P.G. hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka, Syria.
Commissioned by The New York Times
Mauricio Lima - Brazil
Mauricio Lima was born and grew up in São Paulo, Brazil.
Sexual Assault in America's Military
Long-Term Projects, first prize stories
March 21, 2014
US Army Spc. Natasha Schuette, 21, was pressured not to report being assaulted by her drill sergeant during basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Though she was hazed by her assailant’s fellow drill instructors, she refused to back down and Staff Sgt. Louis Corral is now serving four years in prison for assaulting her and four other female trainees. The US Army rewarded Natasha for her courage to report her assault and the Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response & Prevention office distributed a training video featuring her story. She is now stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Series portraying women who have been raped or sexually assaulted during their service with the US Armed Forces. At the moment, only one out of ten reported sexual violence cases goes to trial and most military rape survivors are forced out of service. Victims suffer from the effects of Military Sexual Trauma, (MST), which include depression, substance abuse, paranoia and feelings of isolation.
Commissioned by ZumaPress / Alexia Foundation
Mary F. Calvert - USA
Photojournalist Mary F. Calvert is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on gender based, human rights issues.
Storm Front on Bondi Beach
Nature, first prize singles
November 6, 2015
A massive 'cloud tsunami' looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach.
Commissioned by Daily Telegraph
Rohan Kelly - Australia
Waiting to Register
People, first prize singles
October 7, 2015
A child is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to register at a refugee camp in Preševo, Serbia.
Matic Zorman - Slovenia
FIS World Championships
Sports, first prize singles
February 8, 2015
Czech Republic's Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA.
Commissioned by GEPA pictures
Christian Walgram - Austria
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