Intimate gay scene wins 2015 World Press Photo

bjuz3ayuj4o9ugpll5uf_0 Danish photojournalist Mads Nissen has been named champion of the latest World Press Photo competition for his intimate image depicting a gay couple in Russia, a country that has gained particular note for its brutal discrimination of its lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) citizens.

Nissen, a photographer with the international Panos Pictures agency, shot the image of couple Jon and Alex in St Petersburg for the Danish daily newspaper, Berlingske.

Competition judge Pamela Chen says the panel was searching for an image that would have resonance beyond today, describing Nissen's image as setting the professional standard for storytelling in daily life situations.

"This is a contemporary issue, it is daily life, it is news, it has spot news resonance, it has general news resonance, but it also brings up the issue in a very deep and challenging way. It is quite universal."

The world's largest and most prestigious international competition of its kind, the World Press Photo competition was established as a platform to inspire understanding of the world through uqality photojournalism, and this year saw 97,9121 images submitted from 5,692 participants worldwide.

D-Photo will bring you online galleries of the competition's category winners in the days to come; in the meantime you can hear more from the World Press Photo Jury on why they chose Nissen's image as this year's winner in the video below, followed by a list of 2015 winners.

 

World Press Photo of the Year 2014

 

Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures

 

Sports

 

1st prize singles

Bao Tailiang, China, Chengdu Economic Daily

 

2nd prize singles

Al Bello, USA, Getty Images

 

3rd prize singles

Mark Metcalfe, UK

 

1st prize stories

Kieran Doherty, Ireland

 

2nd prize stories

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency

 

Long-Term Projects

 

1st prize stories

Darcy Padilla, USA, Agence Vu

 

2nd prize stories

Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Panos Pictures

 

3rd prize stories

Lu Guang, China

 

Spot News

 

1st prize singles

Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse

 

2nd prize singles

Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times

 

3rd prize singles

Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse

 

1st prize stories

Jérôme Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for Time

 

2nd prize stories

Jérôme Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for De Standaard

 

3rd prize stories

Arash Khamooshi, Iran, ISNA

 

General News

 

1st prize singles

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency

 

2nd prize singles

Massimo Sestini, Italy

 

3rd prize singles

Gianfranco Tripodo, Italy, Contrasto

 

1st prize stories

Pete Muller, USA, for National Geographic / The Washington Post

 

2nd prize stories

Glenna Gordon, USA

 

3rd prize stories

Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times

 

Daily Life

 

1st prize singles

Cai Sheng Xiang, China, Fuzhou Ping Yi Environmental Art Design

 

2nd prize singles

Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF

 

3rd prize singles

Malin Fezehai, Sweden, Eritrea/Sweden, for Time

 

1st prize stories

Michele Palazzi, Italy, Luz Photo

 

2nd prize stories

Sarker Protick, Bangladesh

 

3rd prize stories

Turi Calafato, Italy

 

Contemporary Issues

 

1st prize singles

Mads Nissen, Denmark, Panos Pictures

 

2nd prize singles

Ronghui Chen, China

 

3rd prize singles

Fulvio Bugani, Italy

 

1st prize stories

Giovanni Troilo, Italy

 

2nd prize stories

Giulio Di Sturco, Italy

 

3rd prize stories

Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium

 

Honorable Mention stories

Fatemeh Behboudi, Iran

 

Nature

 

1st prize singles

Yongzhi Chu, China

 

2nd prize singles

Ami Vitale, USA, National Geographic

 

3rd prize singles

Sandra Hoyn, Germany, for Geo

1st prize stories

Anand Varma, USA, for National Geographic Magazine

 

2nd prize stories

Christian Ziegler, Germany, National Geographic Magazine / Geo

 

3rd prize stories

Paolo Marchetti, Italy

 

Portraits

 

1st prize singles

Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi

 

2nd prize singles

Liu Song, China

 

3rd prize singles

Lisa Krantz, USA, San Antonio Express-News

 

1st prize stories

Sofia Valiente, USA, Fabrica / The Clewiston News

 

2nd prize stories

Andy Rocchelli, Italy, Cesura

 

3rd prize stories

Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu