Ich kenne nicht das komplette Regelwerk des World Press Photo Awards, aber bei einem flüchtigen ersten Blick über die Gewinnerfotos, fällt auf, dass bei fast jedem Bild eine traurige oder zumindest melancholische Geschichte erzählt wird. Vielleicht ist es auch ein subtiles Zeichen, dass irgendetwas in der Welt in Schieflage geraten ist und das Fotos von schönen Momenten schlicht und einfach nicht so stark gefragt sind. Da ist das Siegerbild fast schon eine Ausnahme, wenngleich der Anlass, das Foto herzustellen, auch kein wirklich schöner war: Das Bild zeigt das homosexuelle Paar Jon und Alex bei einem Kuss in Sankt Petersburg. Eigentlich nichts Besonderes, zumindest wenn man sexuellen Minderheiten gegenüber aufgeschlossen ist und das Glück hat, nicht in einem der Länder zu leben, in denen Homosexualität verboten ist. Und auch wenn es nicht per Gesetz verboten ist, haben Mitglieder der LGBT-Community in einigen Ländern mit Repressalien zu rechnen, wenn sie „Homosexuellen-Propaganda“ betreiben, wobei ein Blick zuviel oder Händchen-halten teilweise auch in Deutschland reicht, den Fokus von Gewalt oder Spott auf sich zu richten …
Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF
Second Prize Daily Life Category, Singles; Baroncea, Moldova
Twin brothers Igor and Arthur hand out chocolates to their classmates to celebrate their ninth birthday. When they were two years old, their mother traveled to Moscow to work in the construction field and later died. They have no father. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young
Niesens Siegerbild ist Teil eines größeren Projekts des Fotografen, das sich mit „Homophobie in Russland“ beschäftigt. World Press Photo Award-Jurymitglied Michele McNally begründet die Wahl damit, dass es sich um ein Bild handle, das das Potenzial mitbringt, zur Ikone zu werden und es eine menschliche, ästhetische Kraft besitzt …
für die Teilnahme am World Press Photo Award wurden im Vorfeld 97.912 Bilder von 5.692 Pressefotografen, Fotojournalisten und Dokumentarfotografen aus 131 Ländern eingereicht. Die Jury vergab in 8 Kategorien an 42 Fotografen aus 17 Nationalitäten Preise.
Die Gewinnerbilder werden ab dem 18. April in einer Ausstellung, die in 45 Ländern gastiert, in ca. 100 Städten gezeigt.
Hier noch die weiteren Gewinner:
Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi
First Prize Portraits Category, Singles; Moree, New South Wales, Australia
Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being.
Sarker Protick, Bangladesh „John wears his grandson’s bowler hat“
Second Prize Daily Life Category, Stories
It was in the afternoon. I was sitting on my grandpa’s couch. The door was slightly open, and I saw light coming through, washed out between the white door and white walls. All of a sudden it all started making sense. I could relate what I was seeing with what I felt. John and Prova, my grandparents. Growing up, I found much love and care from them. They were young and strong.
As time went by, it shaped everything in its own way. Bodies took different forms and relations went distant. Grandma’s hair turned gray, the walls started peeling off and the objects were all that remained. Everything was contained into one single room. They always love the fact that I take pictures of them because then I spend more time with them, and they don’t feel lonely anymore. After Prova passed away, I try to visit more so John can talk. He tells me stories of their early life, and how they met. There are so many stories. Here, life is silent, suspended. Everything is on a wait; A wait for something that I don’t completely understand.
Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency
First Prize General News Category, Singles; 26 August, Donetsk, Ukraine
Damaged goods lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Ordinary workers, miners, teachers, pensioners, children, and elderly women and men are in the midst of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Artillery fire killed three people and wounded 10 on 26 August 2014.
Ronghui Chen, China, City Express
Second Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Singles; Yiwu, China
Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air. He wears six masks a day and the hat protects his hair from the red dust, which covers workers from head to toe like soot after several hours of work.
Al Bello, USA, Getty Images
Second Prize Sports Category, Singles; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu
Third Prize Portraits Category, Stories; Breda, The Netherlands „Cadet in the Koninklijke Militaire Academie“
Portraits of cadets from the most important military academies of Europe.
Anand Varma, USA, for National Geographic Magazine
First Prize Nature Category, Stories
When spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled to bursting with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the ant’s husk and rain spores onto ants below to begin the process again.
Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine
Third Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Stories; El Dorado County, California, United States „Students in a schoolyard.“
Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ami Vitale, USA, National Geographic
Second Prize Nature Category, Singles; Lewa Downs, Northern Kenya
A group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists literally in their own backyard.
Organized by sophisticated, heavily armed criminal networks and fueled by heavy demand from newly minted millionaires in emerging markets, poaching is devastating the great animals of the African plains. Much needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife and the conflict between poachers and increasingly militarized wildlife rangers, but very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the frontlines of the poaching wars and the work that is being done to strengthen them. These communities hold the key to saving Africa’s great animals.
Darcy Padilla, USA, Agence Vu
First Prize Long-Term Projects; „Family Love 1993-2014 – The Julie Project; 28 January 1993, San Francisco, California, USA“
I first met Julie on January 28, 1993. Julie, 18, stood in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, barefoot, pants unzipped, and an 8 day-old infant in her arms. She lived in San Francisco’s SRO district, a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her room was piled with clothes, overfull ashtrays and trash. She lived with Jack, father of her first baby Rachel, and who had given her AIDS. Her first memory of her mother is getting drunk with her at 6 and then being sexually abused by her stepfather. She ran away at 14 and became drug addict at 15. Living in alleys, crack dens, and bunked with more dirty old men than she cared to count. “Rachel,” Julie said, “has given me a reason to live.”
For the next 21 years I photographed Julie Baird and her family’s complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion.
Pete Muller, USA, Prime for National Geographic / The Washington Post
First Prize General News Category, Stories; Freetown, Sierra Leone
Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center work to escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped. In a state of confusion, he emerged from the isolation ward and attempted to escape over the back wall of the complex before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man pictured here died shortly after this picture was taken.
Massimo Sestini, Italy
Second Prize General News Category, Single; „7 June, off the coast of Libya“
Shipwrecked people are rescued aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy. After hundreds of men, women and children had drowned in 2013 off the coast of Sicily and Malta, the Italian government put its navy to work under a campaign called “Mare Nostrum” rescuing refugees at sea. Only in 2014, 170,081 people were rescued and taken to Italy
Jérôme Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for De Standaard
Second Prize Spot News Category, Stories; 19-21 February, Kiev, Ukraine
A protester calls for medical aid for a comrade shot dead.
After several months of violence, anti-government protesters remained mobilized by holding barricades in Kiev’s Independence Square, known simply as the Maidan. On Saturday, 20 February, unidentified snipers opened fire on unarmed protesters as they were advancing on Instituska Street. According to an official source, 70 protesters were shot dead. Ukrainian riot police claimed that several police officers were wounded or shot dead by snipers as well. An unofficial source said that snipers opened fire on the police and protesters at the same time in order to provoke both camps. 20 February was the bloodiest day of the Maidan protests, and two days after, President Viktor Yanukovych left the country.
Bao Tailiang, China, Chengdu Economic Daily
First Prize Sports Category, Singles; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Argentina player Lionel Messi comes to face the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium. His team lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time.
Glenna Gordon, USA
Second Prize General News Category, Stories; Abuja, Nigeria
School uniforms belonging to three of the missing girls.
Story Caption: In her school notebook, Hauwa Nkeki wrote a letter to her brother: „Dear Brother Nkeki, Million of greetings goes to you thousand to your friend zero to your enemies.“ Hauwa is one of the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped by the Islamic militants Boko Haram on 14 April 2014 from their school dormitory in Chibok, a remote village in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram’s name translates roughly to “Western Education is Sinful.” The group believes that girls shouldn’t be in school and boys should only learn the Koran.
For the past few years, Boko Haram has been burning villages to the ground, using forced recruitment and carrying out an ongoing insurgency. Many thousands have died and the region has been devastated. No one took much notice before the girls were kidnapped. In May 2014, a hashtag campaign (#BringOurGirlsBack) became viral on Twitter and swept the globe. Within a week, it had attracted over two million tweets. A media frenzy began and coverage of the protests was extensive. But the thing that’s been missing from most of the coverage is the girls themselves.
Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse
First Prize Spot News Category, Singles; March 12, 2014, Istanbul
A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year’s anti-government protests. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan.
Yongzhi Chu, China
First Prize Nature Category, Singles; Suzhou, Anhui Province, China
A monkey being trained for circus cowers as its trainer approaches. With more than 300 roupes, Suzhou is known as the home of the Chinese circus.