Statement following Charleroi mayor’s letter to World Press Photo

In a letter sent to World Press Photo on 25 February, the Belgian city of Charleroi’s mayor called on the organization to consider withdrawing the award given to Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo. World Press Photo is currently investigating the photo story, as it does with all prizewinning pictures, and is in touch with the necessary parties. We will update this page with further information when it becomes available.

UPDATE 1 MARCH: World Press Photo Investigation Confirms Award to Contemporary Issues Story Winner

UPDATE 4 MARCH: WORLD PRESS PHOTO WITHDRAWS AWARD FOR GIOVANNI TROILO’S CHARLEROI STORY

Posted February 26 2015

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We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

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