2016 World Press Photo Contest Winners
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 photo depicts a man passing a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary.
Richardson’s picture was taken at night on 28 August 2015, it shows a man and child who were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.
Currently based in Budapest as a freelance photographer, Richardson explains how the picture was made:
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.
Now in its 59th year, 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. This year contest judges picked the winners from 82,951 photo submissions by 5,775 photographers from 128 countries.
The contest covered various categories from contemporary Issues to Daily Life, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports and
Spot News. The winning entries displayed frank representation of the beauty and chaos around the world in the past year among which images of a city in northern China shrouded in haze, the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly, lifeboat refugees fleeing to Europe across the Mediterranean, or the explosive racial tensions across the U.S.
Corentin Fohlen | Demonstration against terrorism in Paris, after a series of five attacks occurred across the Île-de-France region, beginning at the headquarters for satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Zhang Lei | A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China.
Adriane Ohanesian | Adam Abdel, 7, was severely burned after a bomb was dropped by a Sudanese government Antonov plane next to his family home in Burgu, Central Darfur, Sudan.
John J. Kim | Lamon Reccord stares down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Francesco Zizola | A wooden fishing vessel sails from Libya to Italy carrying more than 500 migrants.
Kevin Frayer | Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China.
Mauricio Lima | Indigenous Munduruku children play in the Tapajos river in the tribal area of Sawre Muybu, Itaituba, Brazil.
Kevin Frayer | Tibetan prayer flags, known as Lung-ta, on a hillside in the Larung Valley of Sertar County.
Sebastián Liste | General view of Complexo do Alemao from Papo Reto collective headquarters.
Chen Jie | Aerial view of the destruction after the explosion in Tianjin, China.
David Guttenfelder | At dusk, the skyline of central Pyongyang, North Korea
Rohan Kelly | A massive ‘cloud tsunami’ looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach.
Anuar Patjane Floriuk | Divers observe and surround a humpback whale and her newborn calf whilst they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico.
Sergio Tapiro | Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles and incandescent rockfalls; image taken in the Comala municipality in Colima, Mexico.
Brent Stirton | A view of the largest herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park. Severe poaching over the last decade saw the number of elephants decreasing. Since management of the park changed, security of elephants has been improved.
Kazuma Obara | This series of pictures represent the last 30 years of the life of that invisible girl. All pictures taken on old Ukrainian color negative films, which were found in the city of Pripyat, located 5 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza | Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as ‘Maya’ for the ‘Las Mayas’, a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar.
Jonas Lindkvist | Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden.