World Press Photo of the Year 2012 by Paul Hansen.

The international jury of the 56th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012. The picture shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City. They are being taken to a mosque for the burial ceremony while their father’s body is carried behind on a stretcher. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their mother was put in intensive care. The picture was made on 20 November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories.

The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 54 photographers of 33 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.

The members of the jury announced the winners at a press conference held at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam on 15 February.

Comments on the winners by the jury
Mayu Mohanna, jury member from Peru, said of Paul Hansen’s winning picture: “The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.”

Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at The Associated Press, spoke of the selection of prizewinners: “When I look at the results, as chair of the jury, I think that the World Press Photo of the Year, and all the other photos that were given prizes, were solid, stellar examples of first-rate photojournalism that is powerful, that is lasting, and that will reach whoever looks at them.”

The judging was conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam. All entries were anonymously presented to the jury, who discussed their merits over a two-week period. The jury operates independently and a secretary without voting rights safeguards the fairness of the procedure. The contest drew entries from professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers across the world. By the mid-January deadline, 103,481 images had been submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.

2013 Photo Contest Jury
A group of 19 internationally recognized professionals in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography convened in Amsterdam from 2 to 14 February 2013 to judge all entries. The first and second rounds of judging concluded on 7 February and the final rounds started on 8 February. Video interviews with the chairs juries, with observations from the early rounds, can be viewed in the video library.

The final rounds are judged by:
Chair: Santiago Lyon, USA, vice president and director of photography The Associated Press
•  Elisabeth Biondi, Germany/USA, independent curator
•  Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
•  Staffan Widstrand, Sweden, photographer and managing director Wild Wonders of Europe
•  Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Iraq, special correspondent The Guardian
•  Mayu Mohanna, Peru, photographer and curator
•  Véronique de Viguerie, France, photographer Reportage by Getty Images
•  Anne Wilkes Tucker, USA, curator photography Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
•  Gu Zheng, China, professor at School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai

The first round in News and Documentary was judged by:
Chair: Santiago Lyon, USA, vice president and director of photography The Associated Press
•  Monica Allende, Spain, photo editor The Sunday Times Magazine
•  Jocelyn Bain Hogg, UK, photographer VII Photo Agency
•  Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, photographer
•  Riason Naidoo, South Africa, director South African National Gallery, Iziko Museums of South Africa

The first and second rounds in Sports were judged by:
Chair: Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
•  Anja Niedringhaus, Germany, photographer The Associated Press
•  Pim Ras, the Netherlands, freelance photographer Algemeen Dagblad

The first and second rounds in Nature were judged by:
Chair: Staffan Widstrand, Sweden, photographer and managing director Wild Wonders of Europe
•  Barbara Stauss, Switzerland, photo director and founding member Mare magazine
•  Steve Winter, USA, contributing photographer National Geographic magazine

The first and second rounds in Portraits were judged by:
Chair: Elisabeth Biondi, Germany/USA, independent curator
•  Jérôme Bonnet, France, photographer
•  Platon, UK, photographer CLM/David Maloney

Jury secretaries:
•  Secretary for News and Documentary and for the second week of judging: Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European photo assignments editor The New York Times
•  Secretary for Nature, Portraits and Sports: Simon Njami, Cameroon, independent curator, lecturer and art critic

The jury awarded first, second and third prizes in all categories. First-prize winners in each category receive a cash prize of €1,500. Winners of second and third prizes and those awarded an Honorable Mention receive a Golden Eye Award and a diploma. The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, Canon will donate a professional DSLR camera and lens kit to the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2012. The annual Awards Days, a celebration of the prizewinners, takes place in Amsterdam from 25 through 27 April 2013.

The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting more than 100 cities in over 45 countries. The first 2013 World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 26 April 2013.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Editors please note:
A press conference will take place at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam on Friday 15 February 2013 at 10.00 a.m. CET. All information provided will be under embargo. If you wish to attend, please inform press@worldpressphoto.org by 13 February 2013 at the latest.

A selection of awarded images for publication will be made available at the press conference and on the international wire services (from 15 February 11 a.m. CET). The images may also be downloaded from our press download area at www.worldpressphoto.org/downloads. Please register at the press download area before 14 February 2013.

Please contact Barbara Bufkens on press@worldpressphoto.org or tel. +31 (0)20 676 6096 for additional information and requests for interviews with jury members.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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