Rectification – Incorrect Attribution Of Judge’s Commentary In Press Release

In an earlier version of the press release announcing the winners of the 2015 World Press Photo contest, a quotation was mistakenly attributed to jury member Pamela Chen.

The correct comment by Ms Chen should have been:

“We were looking for an image that would matter tomorrow, not just today. The winning image demonstrates what a professional photographer can do in a daily life situation, setting a professional standard for story-telling in life. 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 first part of the comment should have been attributed to another jury member Alessia Glaviano, whose statement reads as full:

“I was hoping for a picture that was open and multilayered, not only about a single event, but a global issue. Today, terrorists use graphic images for propaganda. We have to respond with something more subtle, intense and thoughtful. The photo has a message about love being an answer in the context of all that is going on in the world. It is about love as a global issue, in a way that transcends homosexuality. It sends out a strong message to the world, not just about homosexuality, but about equality, about gender, about being black or white, about all of the issues related to minorities.”

World Press Photo regrets the mistake.

Posted February 12 2015

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