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02/10/2012

Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - February 10, 2012 - World Press Photo Contest Winners

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The international jury of the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Samuel Aranda from Spain as the World Press Photo of the Year 2011. The picture shows a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011. Samuel Aranda was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times. He is represented by Corbis Images.


A selection of some of the winning photos are highlighted here.

 

People in the News

WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Samuel Aranda
People in the News
1st prize singles
2012

A woman holds a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen.

 

Child Brides

Child Brides
Stephanie Sinclair
Contemporary Issues
1st prize stories
2012

Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language and religion.

 

Danish and Iranian Culture

Danish and Iranian Culture
Laerke Posselt
Portraits
1st prize singles
2012

The 27-year-old Iranian-born actress Mellica Mehraban grew up in Denmark, but debuted as an actor in Iran in 2011.

 

Maria

Brent Stirton
Contemporary Issues
1st prize singles
2012

Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine

 

On Revolution Road

On Revolution Road
Yuri Kozyrev
Spot News
1st prize singles
2012

For weeks, rebels held out against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the hope that the world would come to their aid.

 

Mubarak Steps Down

Mubarak Steps Down
Alex Majoli
General News
1st prize singles
2012

Protesters cry, chant and scream in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

 

North Korea

North Korea
Damir Sagolj
Daily Life
1st prize singles
2012

A picture of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang.

 

Scrum half

Scrum half
Ray McManus
Sports
2nd prize singles
2012

Action from a rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock played in heavy rain in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Sochi Singers

Sochi Singers
Rob Hornstra
Arts and Entertainment
1st prize stories
2012

The Russian city of Sochi lies on the Black Sea and attracts predominantly Russian holidaymakers. Every restaurant employs a regular live musician blasting popular Russian songs.

 

World Swimming Championships

World Swimming Championships
Adam Pretty
Sports
2nd prize stories
2012

The World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China.

Cliff-Climbing Polar Bear Attempting to Eat Seabird Eggs

Cliff-Climbing Polar Bear Attempting to Eat Seabird Eggs
Jenny E. Ross
Nature
1st prize singles
2012

A male polar bear climbs precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in northern Novaya Zemlya, attempting to feed on seabird eggs.


People in the NewsA

Tomasz Lazar

People in the News
2nd prize singles
2012

 

Arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality.
Netherlands World Press Photo Contest TOPIX
Afghanistan
David Goldman
Arts and Entertainment
1st prize singles
2012
Canadian Forces soldier Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue plays the drums on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in Afghanistan.

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Wow!

Amazing pictures, real art... Every one initiates a storm of emotions.
The picture of child brides sent shivers down my spine.
The picture of a sex worker from the Ukraine, my homeland... Sadness.
Polar bear hunting for eggs... Amusing and grand picture of nature where one beautiful creature has to eat another one in order to survive.
A picture of Kim Il-sung highlighted on the wall of faceless grey buildings where faceless poor people live, made me reflect upon our past in the USSR ( and that it never seemed to be quite as grim as they have it in North Korea )

Every single picture is amazing and well deserving the prize.

Olga

artful captures!

WONDERFUL PICTURES..OF TIME...2011.
KS BADHAN

Haunting, beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing these with us!

why these pictures are taken in poor area of the world? or why those poor areas in the world can be a focus of lens? how those problems reflected on the pictures are caused? Think, think, and just think!

The polar bear one seemed the most heartbreaking, because she/he's in that dangerous situation because of us humans.

Amazing photos and well deserved awards.

@Dawn .....Dublin, Ireland; New York, USA; Shanghai, China; Sochi, Russia are not poor areas of the world. And a Polar bear on a mountain......not poor either. As for the other photos they do indeed stimulate thought.

Sorry Dawn, The post I was reffering to re poor areas of the worldwas by Sherry. My apologies

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