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

New Zealand's top photojournalim shots

The New Zealand National Photojournalism Competition, run by the New Brighton Photography Club, annually seeks out the best photojournalism shots from photo enthusiasts throughout the country. D-Photo is proud to present the winning images of the 23rd National Photojournalism Competition:

Champion image 2014:

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Jo McCarthy, Grassroots determination (also Digital category first place)

Print category

First place:

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Liz Hardley, David Ferrer

 

Second place:

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Liz Hardley, The Chase Pack

 

Third place:

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Jo McCarthy, We're going to be on TV

 

Honours:

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Liz Hardley, Backhand control

 

P_Hon_Life on the Line_Alistair Phillips APSNZ

Alistair Phillips, Life on the line

 

P_Hon_One afternoon in Queen Street_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, One afternoon on Queen Street

 

Digital category

Third place:

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Jenny Atkins, Bring 'em down

 

Honours:

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Jo McCarthy, Classic Ana

 

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Newell Grenfell, Come on!

 

D_Hon_Dragon Dance_Jianhuai Chen

Jianhuai Chen, Dragon Dance

 

D_Hon_Flag It_Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips, Flag it

 

D_Hon_Making a break to the winning post_Pauline Smith

Pauline Smith, Making a break to the winning post

 

D_Hon_Neatly balanced_Carolyn Elcock

Carolyn Elcock, Neatly balanced

 

D_Hon_On a Wing and a Prayer_Colin Holloway

Colin Holloway, On a wing and a prayer

 

D_Hon_Ouch That Fence Is Nearer_Anne Lambe

Anne Lambe, Ouch

 

D_Hon_Race to the line_Liz Hardley FPSNZ AFIAP LRPS

Liz Hardley, Race to the line

 

Sidecar Racing

Ron Willems, Red rules

 

D_Hon_Rough Ride_Shona Kebble APSNZ

Shona Kebble, Rough ride

 

D_Hon_Speedway Scramble_Ron McKie FPSNZ AAPS AFIAP ARPS

Ron McKie, Speedway scramble

 

D_Hon_Stock Sale_Helen Oliver

Helen Oliver, Stock sale

 

D_Hon_Stop the bull_Jenny Atkins

Jenny Atkins, Stop the bull!

 

D_Hon_There He Goes_Anne Lambe

Anne Lambe, There he goes

 

D_Hon_Unexpected Outcome_Georgie McKie FPSNZ AAPS AFIAP

Georgie McKie, Unexpected outcome

If you're interested in entering the 2015 National Photojournalism Competition be sure to keep tabs on the New Brighton Photography Club website.

Top Kiwi photojournalist to give free talk in Wellington

HammondZimbabwe01-smlNew Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond will deliver a free lecture in Wellington later this month, speaking about his award-winning photography projects and the place of photojournalism in today's world. Hammond, whose recent work documenting the tragic mental health situation in Africa has earned him a raft of prestigious accolades, will be speaking at Wellington's Massey University on August 27, beginning at 6pm.

The photographer was this year awarded second place in the World Press Photo competition's Contemporary Issues – Stories category for his harrowing series of images examining the way those with mental health issues are treated in the desolated regions of Africa.

The images also appear in his book Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, a project that was awarded the prestigious W Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant, given annually to a photography working in the area of humanistic photography.

Having worked throughout the world documenting some of the most dire and dangerous situations around the globe – including being arrested on spying allegations while shooting in Zimbabwe – Hammond's talk will no doubt be a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading photojournalists working today.

The lecture will be held in Theatrette 10A02 in the Museum Building at Massey University on Wednesday, August 27, running from 6-7.30pm, and is free to attend – register your interest here.

Image: Robin Hammond/Panos: 56-year-old Rosepina is HIV positive. She recently had a stroke likely related to her HIV infection. Her 59-year-old husband is also HIV positive. They are both on Anti-Retroviral Treatment. Rosepina is cared for by her 26-year-old daughter, Priscella.

New Zealand's top photojournalists of 2014

D-Photo is proud to present a comprehensive gallery of this year's photography winners in the country's only awards programme celebrating media excellence across all mediums; the Canon Media Awards.

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Richard Robinson, The New Zealand Herald

Press Photographer of the Year

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Alden Williams, The Nelson Mail

 

Best News Picture

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Craig Simcox, The Dominion Post

 

Best Sports Picture

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Iain McGregor, The Press

 

Best Portrait

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Hannah Johnston, Getty Images

 

Best Feature Photo

Dedicated

Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post

 

Best Photo Essay

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World Press Photo 2014 gallery

D-Photo is proud to present a selection of winners from the latest edition of the world's biggest and most prestigious photojournalism competition, the World Press Photo contest. Marking 57 years of the event, 2014 saw 53 photographers of 25 nationalities across the globe awarded prizes in nine themed categories.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

01_John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

February 26, 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti: African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking of the winning image, jury member Jillian Edelstein praised Stanmeyer for the subtle poetics underlying a message of grave relevance.

“It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image."

 

First Prize, General News Single

 Refugees in Bulgaria

Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture

November 21, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria: Military Ramp, an emergency refugee centre, was opened in September 2013 in an abandoned school in Sofia, Bulgaria. The center provides housing for about 800 Syrian refugees, including 390 children. Bulgaria, already hard hit by the economic crisis and heightened political instability, is confronting a refugee crisis that appears to coincide with increased efforts by Greece to close off its border with Turkey. Bulgaria, however, is totally unprepared to face a refugee crisis.

 

Second Prize, General News Stories

 03_William Daniels

William Daniels, France, Panos Pictures for Time

November 17 2013, Central African Republic: Demonstrators gather on a street in Bangui to call for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia following the murder of Judge Modeste Martineau Bria by members of Seleka.

The Central African Republic has seen more than its fair share of coups and unrest over the five and a half decades since its independence from France. The current crisis, however, triggered by yet another coup, is starting to set in position a well armed, mainly Muslim militia that is refusing to disarm against Anti-balaka, Christian vigilante groups defending the country's majority Christian population. The UN has warned of a potential slide into genocide and France has sent 1600 troops to protect civilians and disarm the different militia. Bordering on other highly volatile regions in central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Chad, the conflict is ringing alarm bells across the continent and beyond.

 

First Prize, Spot News Single

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Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse

November 18, 2013, Tolosa, the Philippines: Survivors of typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines.

 

First Prize, Spot News Stories

 Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall after their comrade was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus

Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters

January 30, 2013, Damascus, Syria: Syrian rebel fighters take cover amid flying debris and shrapnel after being hit by a tank shell fired towards them by the Syrian Army in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus.

A Syrian rebel group planning an attack on government forces is hit by sniper fire in Damascus, Syria. After evacuating their comrade, who was shot in the chest and would later die from injuries, the rebels return to attack the checkpoint with rocket fire. Subsequently, government forces fired tank shells at the rebels. The rebels eventually retreated for the day to mourn the death of their comrade.

 

Second Prize, Spot News Stories

 Massacre at a Kenyan Mall

Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times

September 21, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya: A woman and children hiding in the Westgate mall. They escaped unharmed after gunmen had opened fire at the upscale Nairobi mall on 21 September 2013. At least 39 people were killed in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history.

 

Third Prize, Contemporary Issues Single

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Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían

 March 8, 2013, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico: Police arrive at a crime scene where two bodies hang from a bridge; another three are on the floor. They had been killed by organized crime in Saltillo, Coahuila, in retaliation against other criminal groups.

 

First Prize, Contemporary Issues Stories

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Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time

November 17, 2012, USA: As the fight continued to rage, Shane told Maggie that she could choose between getting beaten in the kitchen, or going with him to the basement so they could talk privately.

 

First Prize, Daily Life Single

 09_Julius Schrank

Julius Schrank, Germany, De Volkskrant

March 15, 2013, Burma: Kachin Independence Army fighters are drinking and celebrating at a funeral of one of their commanders who died the day before. The city is under siege by the Burmese army.

 

First Prize, Daily Life Stories

 

10_Fred Ramos

Fred Ramos, El Salvador, El Faro

August 10, 2013, San Salvador, El Salvador: Date found: February 1, 2013, time 3:45 PM, location: a sugar plantation in Apopa, San Salvador. Sex: Female, age: between 17 and 18 years old, time of disappearance: not available.

The North Central American Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) is one of the most violent regions in the world. In many cases, clothes that are found become the only means to identify victims.

 

Second Prize, Sports Action Single

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Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa

March 24, 2013, Szczyrk, Poland: Competitor at a slalom contest in Szczyrk.

 

Third Prize, Sports Action Stories

 

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Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images

April 27, 2013, Adelaide, Australia: Daniel Arnamnart of Australia competes in the men's 100-metre backstroke during day two of the Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide.

 

First Prize, Sports Feature Stories

 13_Peter Holgersson

Peter Holgersson, Sweden

December 19, 2013, Lidingö, Sweden: Nadja feeling better just before her last treatment.

Swedish athlete Nadja Casadei has participated in the World and European Championships in heptathlon. In autumn 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer and by January 2014 she completed her chemotherapy. She has continued to train throughout her illness, hoping to be healthy and ready by the summer for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

 

First Prize, People – Observed Portraits Single

 Farewell Mandela

Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press

December 13, 2013, Pretoria, South Africa: A woman reacts in disappointment after access to see former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was closed on the third and final day of his casket lying in state, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria.

 

First Prize, People – Observed Portraits Stories

 15_Carla Kogelman

Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands

July 19, 2012, Merkenbrechts, Austria: Hannah and Alena, two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts.

 

First Prize, People – Staged Portraits Single

 16_Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images

September 25, 2013, West Bengal, India: A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today.

 

Second Prize, People – Staged Portraits Stories

Mother and son 

Denis Dailleux, France, Agence Vu

February 3, 2011, Cairo, Egypt: Ali, a young Egyptian bodybuilder, poses with his mother.

 

Third Prize, Nature Stories

Bonobos 

Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine

January 25 2011, Congo: A five-year-old bonobo turns out to be the most curious individual of a wild group of bonobos near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Despite being humans’ closest living relatives, little is known about bonobos and their behavior in the wild in remote parts of the Congo basin. Bonobos are threatened by habitat loss and bush meat trade.

 

First Prize, Nature Stories

 19_Steve Winter

Steve Winter, USA, for National Geographic

 March 2, 2013, Los Angeles, USA: A cougar walking a trail in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is captured by a camera trap. To reach the park, which has been the cougar’s home for the last two years it had to cross two of the busiest highways in the US.

Cougars are among the most adaptable and widespread terrestrial mammals in the Western Hemisphere, with a range that extends from the tip of Chile to the Canadian Yukon. They are increasingly being seen in and around towns and cities, including Los Angeles and in the Hollywood Hills. Fear of these secretive cats, combined with a lack of adequate public knowledge, tends to justify the thousands of cougars killed every year. Scientists in Wyoming’s Teton National Forest are outfitting them with GPS collars and camera trapping to learn more about basic behaviors and to lift the veil of mystery surrounding them.

 

For more on this year's World Press Photo winners, including New Zealand's successful entrant, be sure to pick up D-Photo 59, on sale March 17.

Pressures of the press

With the results of two important photojournalism awards soon to be announced — the Canon Media Awards, celebrating excellence in local press photography, and World Press Photo, an international search for the world's best photojournalism — D-Photo presents a feature from sister publication The Photographer's Mail, discussing the 2013 champions of both events.  

Last year’s winning photo in the world’s most prestigious photojournalism competition caused a flurry of controversy in the media, after digital imaging experts accused the image of being a heavily-manipulated fake. Around the same time that quarrel broke out New Zealand was celebrating the pinnacle of local photojournalism achievements in the Canon Media Awards. The Photographer’s Mail speaks with some of the 2013 winners to discover where digital manipulation ranks among the challenges facing Kiwi photojournalism today.

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen’s image of a burial procession in Gaza city picked up the Photo of the Year nod at the 2013 World Press Photo competition, a decision that has seen the organisers come under fire due to the image’s significant digital treatment. Many are now questioning the degree to which a news photo can legitimately be manipulated after the taking, before losing claim to authenticity.

Emma Allen, photographer for the Marlborough Express who was named Junior Press Photographer of the Year at the 2013 Canon Media Awards, doesn’t think Hansen’s photo has been too heavily manipulated, but she admits it’s a difficult line to draw. Though it was the topic of a spirited discussion at her workplace it is not, she says, an issue that affects her own daily work.

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Emma Allen, Marlborough Express

“We would never have the time to do that much editing. He obviously put a lot of work into the photo; we have maybe 10, 20 seconds to edit each photo.”

A glance at Allen’s winning portfolio — featuring such diverse subjects as car crash victims, roller derby players, community fundraisers, and flood-hit families — bears this out. The images evidence the hallmarks of classic photojournalism bereft of all but the subtlest of digital tweaks. While Marlborough Express owner Fairfax Media includes in its Code of Ethics a rule to not “tamper” with photographs beyond the cosmetic, Allen says it’s the unofficial rule to only perform digital edits that could have been performed in the darkroom which guides her and her colleagues.

“Of course we’d never move something around or cut something out or anything like that. Never, never, never.”

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Emma Allen, Marlborough Express

It’s a sentiment echoed by The Daily Post photographer Stephen Parker, who was last year named Senior Press Photographer of the Year at the media awards programme. While editors are always looking for an eye-catching photo for the front page, he has not seen anything in New Zealand photojournalism that approaches the realm of doctored images.

“It’s the same as it’s always been, just the same old burning and dodging under Photoshop.”

Rather than computer acumen, the 15-year veteran says the ability to concentrate and find form with each and every job is the bigger challenge with working in the local news industry.

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Stephen Parker, The Daily Post

“Sometimes I feel like I’m owed the pictures because I’ve put in the time in the testing conditions, and nobody else is there,” Parker explains.

“Sometimes the pictures you envisage don’t come, but then there are the days when everything falls into place — the horrific attack happens in front of you while doing a street poll, or the five-year-old triplets at the breakfast club have both infectious smiles and shocking footwear.”

He says he was happy to pull in the award for the Rotorua newspaper, which doesn’t have the resources some of the larger media outlets do (“I’m usually the one on the ground and the bigger papers and TV networks are buzzing overhead in the choppers”). But a smaller paper does not mean a smaller workload, especially with the industry-wide increase in demand for online imagery and video in addition to print photos.

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Stephen Parker, The Daily Post

“You’re sort of wearing two hats, if you’ve got time you try to shoot the video as well. The advantage of working on a small paper is pretty much everything gets used.”

With the future of print media still in question, the biggest trend reported within the industry was a shift towards the web, accompanied by an increased urgency in turnaround and a more diverse array of media products.

Despite this, there’s still an appreciation in the industry for crafting a classic news image, says Natasha Martin of the Timaru Herald. She took home the Best Feature Photo award, a new category at the 2013 Canon Media Awards, for a warm environmental portrait of an elderly man, just enrolled in a chef’s course for people aged over 65, serving his wife a boiled egg. Martin says the time pressure of a daily newspaper is no barrier to connecting with subjects; it is a simple matter of treating people with respect. She was with the subjects of her winning image for around 40 minutes.

“I really enjoy being able to spend time with subjects prior and just listening to the interview, as the picture idea will normally come to me during this time. So then it’s just a matter of replaying what would typically happen in that scenario and letting the picture unfold before you.”

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Natasha Martin, Timaru Herald

Though she hopes respect for straight photojournalism will continue into the future, Martin says her advice to anyone starting out would be to build skills beyond still images.

“I think the biggest challenge these days is breaking away from past ideas, offering the readers something different by use of multimedia, informative photo essays, graphics, etc., all alongside a great read but most importantly delivering that package in a professional visual.”

The winning images at last year’s Canon Media Awards would seem to clear the local industry of the concerns raised by the World Press Photo debate, with technical camera talent valued well ahead of digital editing skill. The news industry’s self-regulatory body, The Press Council, confirms that alarm over image manipulating is not a concerning trend within New Zealand — there have been no complaints relating to technical manipulation of photos in recent years.

All of which is not to say digital editing of photojournalism imagery does not have a place here. The Iris Awards, the annual awards programme of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), contains a Photojournalism category in which minor exposure, contrast and colour adjustments are allowed in pursuit of a high quality print. Kaye Davis, chair of the NZIPP honours council, believes Hansen’s controversial World Press Photo entry would also have been accepted into the local competition.

“Under the criteria, entries must reflect the authenticity of the original scene without any form of manipulation that takes this away … Even when reading through the debates over the image, there is no indication that the scene is anything but authentic in its content.”

She acknowledges that the level of editing allowed under the criteria can be “a little subjective”, but says things like removing elements, such as power lines, or adding elements, like replacing a head where a person’s eyes are closed, are clear violations of the rules.

In the Iris Awards it is important to note that the judges are looking at the photographer’s print quality as well as what the image communicates, a consideration that is not shared at the Canon Media Awards. But Davies says while digital technology is changing the photographic environment, which can lead to healthy debate, the core ethics behind photojournalism remain unchanged.

“There will always be images that push the boundaries and make us question what we do, and I see this as a good thing. Ultimately, it is up to the organisers of the competitions to determine exactly what they are looking for in entries and be specific when setting the rules.”

The erosion of photojournalistic integrity through digital manipulation may not have taken root in the New Zealand industry but the impact of technology is impossible to ignore. The Canon Media Awards show a strong appreciation of conventional photojournalistic aptitude remains. But in an industry where jobs comprising solely of conventional photojournalism are increasingly scarce, those keeping up with the technological tides are most likely to stay afloat in a swiftly evolving market.

 The judging process for 2014’s Canon Media Awards is currently underway, with  the awards night to be held on May 9 in Auckland.

More photojournalist job cuts

JPOne of the UK's biggest publishers has announced it will cut all photography staff from a group of its regional newspapers, continuing a global media trend that has seen traditional photojournalist roles drying up. Johnston Press, which publishes some 300 weekly newspapers and 18 dailies throughout the UK, will be making its entire photography staff redundant throughout its Midlands publishing unit, reports Hold the Front Page.

"All photographers will soon be leaving the company’s Midlands publishing unit, most taking an enhanced voluntary redundancy package, with a small number facing compulsory redundancy," the report reads.

Following a review of the way in which "photographic content is generated", the publisher plans to rely more heavily on reader-submitted images, reporters taking photos with their smartphones, and hiring freelance photographers.

Commenting on the news, The Guardian's Roy Greenslade says the cost-cutting move comes as no surprise, and he argues against the suggestion it will result in poorer quality imagery within the newspapers.

"I doubt that will be the case at local weekly newspaper level," he writes. "Everyone can, and does, take photographs as a matter of rote nowadays."

Similar photography job cuts have been happening across the globe in recent years, including within New Zealand's own publishing houses.