This year’s winners of the worlds most promenant photojournalism contest have been selected and D-Photo now brings the final online galleries of the top scoring images.
The 55th year of the World Press Photo competition saw 101,254 images from 5,247 photographers across the world submitted; the following were chosen as some the year’s best.
Daily Life Singles
First Prize: Damir Sagolj, Bosnia and Herzegovina. North koria. A picture of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang.
Second Prize: Johnny Haglund, Norway. A Mouthful. A girl fishes in the Congo River, just outside the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds the fish in her mouth, a common practice among people there, because the chance of losing it is less than when holding it in her hands.
Third Prize: Paolo Woods, the Netherlands/Italy. Radio Haiti. More than 50 percent of Haitians are illiterate and only 25 percent have regular access to electricity. But they can listen to the radio, and do so all the time. Sister Melianise Gabreus, who shares advice on daily life on Radio Men Kontre 95.5 FM, the radio station of the Catholic diocese of Les Cayes, is one of the stars of the radio.
Arts and Entertainment Singles
First Prize: David Goldman, USA. Afghanistan. Canadian Forces soldier Corporal Ben Vandandaigue plays on a drum kit at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar, overlooking the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Vandandaigue played the drums in a corner of the base when it wasn’t being used to repair armored vehicles, during his unit’s final week of patrols. Canadian combat operations came to an end in July, as troops withdrew from the southern region of Afghanistan. The base was handed over to American troops.
Second Prize: Vincent Boisot, France. Dakar Fashion Week. A model poses in front of a tailor’s stall in the center of Dakar, Senegal during the ninth edition of the Dakar Fashion Week. She is wearing a dress by US-based Senegalese designer Yolande Ngom Mancini. The Fashion Week began in 2003, as a private venture without government support, at the initiative of former model turned designer Adama Paris and has become a leading showcase for design from across the continent.
Third Prize: Pavel Prokopchik, the Netherlands. Apashka. Bifatima Dauletova, considered by many traditional healers in Kazakhstan to be the last local guardian of an ancient Sufi dervish tradition, performs a ritual cleansing using sheep’s blood at her homestead in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains, south Kazakhstan. Known by the honorific Bifatima-apa, the mystic and shaman draws followers from far afield. People come for health or addiction problems or to resolve life issues.
Contemporary Issues Singles
First Place: Brent Stirton, South Africa. Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine. Maria injects drugs on a daily basis and sees many men every week but claims she remains HIV negative. She says she needs the money to support herself, her drug habit and her nine-year-old daughter.
Second Place: Ilvy Njiokiktjien, the Netherlands. Afrikaner Blood. A sergeant shows boys at the Kommandokorps camp in South Africa how to use a gun. The camp is organized by self-proclaimed ‘Kolonel’ Jooste, a South African white man who fought in the old apartheid army. He wants to put the white youth up against Nelson Mandela’s culturally mixed ‘rainbow nation’.
Third Place: Simona Ghizzoni, Italy. Jamila, 40, was injured by a small rocket and is now disabled and in need for treatment. Two years after the Israeli operation ‘Cast Lead’, the Gaza Strip still lives in a limbo, worsened by the closure of the borders and the subsequent economic crisis along with the complete isolation of the population.
Honourable Mention: Shaofeng Xu, China. A man climbs a high-voltage electrical tower in Chengdu, Sichuan province, to demand housing demolition compensation payments from the local government. In recent years growing numbers of Chinese have turned to suicide to argue for their own interests.