Press photo of the year
The choice for the press photo of the year is made through the World Press Photo Awards awarded by the Dutch foundation World Press Photo . The prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, is considered to be the “most prestigious and coveted award in photojournalism ”.
In addition to the press photo of the year, the 13-member jury awards three further prizes in ten categories (spot news, general news, people in the news, sport & action, sports reports, current topics, everyday life, portraits, art and entertainment, nature), whereby both the best single pictures and photo series are awarded.
The main prize goes to the picture that “[...] not only represents the photojournalistic embodiment of the year, but also shows a topic, situation or event of high journalistic importance and this in a way that demonstrates an extraordinary degree of visual perception and creativity proves ".
For the 2015 election, the foundation applied "for the first time [...] very strict standards," said the head of the foundation. In no previous election has the jury disqualified so many images. Of the submissions that made it to the penultimate round, the foundation was able to prove that one fifth had post-processed image manipulation.
List of press photos of the year
The following list contains all the winners of the press photo of the year and information on the respective images. In the year of the competition, the press photos from the previous year are always awarded.
|Year of admission||photographer||country||medium||Image title||theme||motive||Web link|
|1955||Mogens of Haven||Denmark||Motorsport||Volk Mølle Racetrack in Randers , Denmark on August 28, 1955. A motorcyclist falls during a competition.||picture|
|1956||Helmuth Pirath||Germany||Keystone Press||Late comers||Coming home from the war||Years later, a returnees from the Second World War meets his now 12-year-old daughter who has not seen her father since she was one year old.||picture|
|1957||Douglas Martin||United States||The Charlotte News / The Associated Press||Racial segregation in America||Accompanied by violence, one of the first African American students ( Dorothy Counts ) enters Harry Harding High School, where segregation is no longer practiced.||picture|
|1958||Stanislav Tereba||Czechoslovakia||Vecernik Praha||Brankář a voda||Soccer||During the soccer match between the teams Sparta Praha and Červená Hvězda Bratislava , Sparta goalkeeper Miroslav Čtvrtníček stands in the pouring rain on the soccer field.||picture|
|1959||No competition held.|
|1960||Yasushi Nagao||Japan||Mainichi Shimbun||attack||The 17-year-old right-wing extremist student Otoya Yamaguchi killed the socialist politician Asanuma Inejirō with a sword during a speech in Tokyo's Hibiya Hall on October 12, 1960 .||picture|
|1961||No competition held.|
|1962||Héctor Rondón Lovera||Venezuela||La República||Aid from the Padre||Uprising in Venezuela||During an uprising by the Venezuelan guerrilla organization Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional in the port city of Puerto Cabello , a dying soldier loyal to the government clings to the priest Luis Padillo as bullets hit the area.||picture|
|1963||Malcolm W. Browne||United States||The Associated Press||The Burning Monk||Buddhist crisis||The Vietnamese monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself to death to protest against the suppression of Buddhists in Vietnam by the government under President Ngô Đình Diệm . This triggered the Buddhist crisis.||picture|
|1964||Don McCullin||United Kingdom||The Observer / Quick / Life||Cyprus conflict||A Turkish woman mourns the loss of her husband, who died in 1964 during fighting between Turks and Greeks.||picture|
|1965||Kyōichi Sawada||Japan||United Press International||Flee to Safety||Vietnam War||A mother and her children wade through a river in Loc Thuong in the South Vietnamese province of Bình Định to escape a US bombing raid.||picture|
|1966||Kyōichi Sawada||Japan||United Press International||Dusty Death||Vietnam War||American troops drag on February 24, 1966 the body of a dead Vietcong -Soldaten behind their M113 - armored transport to the funeral.||picture|
|1967||Co Rentmeester||Netherlands||Life||Vietnam War||The commander of an M48 Patton looks through his eyepiece . It was the first color photo to receive an award.||picture|
|1968||Eddie Adams||United States||The Associated Press||Saigon Execution||Vietnam War||The South Vietnamese police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executed the Viet Cong member Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968 on the street in Saigon with a shot in the head.||picture|
|1969||Hanns-Jörg Anders||Germany||star||Belfast, 1969||Northern Ireland Conflict||An Irish Catholic with a gas mask is standing in front of a wall with the graffiti inscription we want peace after tear gas was used in street fights with British troops .||picture|
|1970||No competition held.|
|1971||Wolfgang Peter Geller||Germany||Hamburger Abendblatt||Bank robbery in Saarbrücken||Bank robbery||After a bank robbery in Saarbrücken , the main culprit Kurt Vicenik is shot in Baltersweiler during negotiations between police officers and bank robbers.||picture|
|1972||Nick Út||Vietnam||The Associated Press||The Terror of War||Vietnam War||The young Phan Thị Kim Phúc and other children flee with severe burns caused by napalm from the location mistakenly bombed by South Vietnamese planes.||picture|
|1973||Orlando Lagos||Chile||The New York Times||Allende's Last Stand||1973 coup in Chile||The democratically elected President Salvador Allende shortly before his death on September 11, 1973 in the La Moneda presidential palace during the military coup by General Pinochet .||picture|
|1974||Ovie Carter||United States||Chicago Tribune||Famine in the Sahel , in Niger||A toddler suffers during the dry season in the African state of Niger.||picture|
|1975||Stanley Forman||United States||Boston Herald American||Fire Escape Collapse||fire||During a fire in a Boston home, the fire escape collapses and a woman and child fall into the depths. The woman dies at the scene of the accident.||picture|
|1976||Françoise Demulder||France||gamma||Lebanese civil war||A group of Palestinians who fled the civil war in Beirut in January 1976 .||picture|
|1977||Leslie Hammond||South Africa||The Argus||apartheid||The South African police shot tear gas at a group of demonstrators in Modderdam near Cape Town .||picture|
|1978||Sadayuki Mikami||Japan||The Associated Press||Tokyo Narita Airport||After many years of popular protests against the construction of Tokyo Narita Airport, protesters and the police broke out on March 26, 1978.||picture|
|1979||David Burnett||United States||Contact Press Images||Disempowerment of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia||A woman holds her child in her arms in a refugee camp in Sa Keo on the Thai - Cambodian border in November 1979 .||picture|
|1980||Mike Wells||United Kingdom||Famine in Karamoja , Uganda||The hand of a starving African boy in the hand of a well-fed white missionary, taken in Uganda in April 1980.||picture|
|1981||Manuel Perez Barriopedro||Spain||Agencia EFE||23-F -Putsch in Madrid||On February 23, 1981, Lt. Col. Antonio Tejero spoke to the detained government and MPs in the Spanish Parliament, gun in hand.||picture|
|1982||Robin Moyer||United States||Black Star / Time||Lebanon War 1982||Bodies of Palestinians killed by Christian-Lebanese Falange militias on September 18, 1982 during the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps Sabra and Shatila .||picture|
|1983||Mustafa Bozdemir||Turkey||Hürriyet Gazetesi||Earthquake in Turkey||Kezban Özer finds the bodies of their five children who died in the earthquake on October 30, 1983 near Erzurum and Kars .||picture|
|1984||Pablo Bartholomew||India||gamma||Bhopal disaster||The body of a child who was killed in the chemical disaster at a plant of the US chemical company Union Carbide Corporation.||picture|
|1985||Frank Fournier||France||Contact Press Images||The Agony of Omayra Sánchez||Omayra Sánchez||Sánchez, a victim of the Armero volcanic disaster , died after 60 hours of being trapped in a mud hole.||picture|
Israel / United States
||Contact Press Images||Ken Meeks, Patient with AIDS, Being Cared for by a Friend, San Francisco, California||AIDS||The American Kenneth "Ken" Meeks, who is suffering from the immunodeficiency disease AIDS, is sitting in a wheelchair. Numerous lesions caused by Kaposi's sarcoma can be seen on his arms .||picture|
|1987||Anthony Suau||United States||Black Star||Elections in South Korea||A desperate mother leans against the shields of deployed police officers in the South Korean city of Kuro and asks for mercy for her son, who was arrested during a demonstration. After the elections in November 1987, protests against the government broke out on charges of electoral fraud .||picture|
|1988||David Turnley||United States||Detroit Free Press / Black Star||1988 Spitak earthquake||Boris Abgarzian mourns the loss of his 17-year-old son, a victim of the Armenian earthquake.||picture|
|1989||Charlie Cole||United States||Newsweek||Tian'anmen massacre||A protester later named " Tank Man " stops a group of battle tanks during the massacre on Tiananmen Square in Beijing .||picture|
|1990||Georges Merillon||France||gamma||Kosovo conflict||A family mourns the deathbed of Elshani Nashim, who was killed during a protest for an independent Kosovo.||picture|
|1991||David Turnley||United States||Detroit Free Press / Black Star||Second Gulf War||US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns his comrade Andy Alaniz who was killed by " friendly fire ".||picture|
|1992||James Nachtwey||United States||Magnum Photos / Liberation||Famine in Somalia||A Somali mother lifts the body of her child who has died of malnutrition.||picture|
|1993||Larry Towell||Canada||Magnum Photos||Palestinian Territories||Palestinian children raise their toy guns in the air.||picture|
|1994||James Nachtwey||United States||Magnum Photos / Time||Survivor of Hutu death camp. Rwanda, 1994||Genocide in Rwanda||A Hutu who was mutilated by the Interahamwe Hutu militia and suspected of supporting the Tutsi .||picture|
|1995||Lucian Perkins||United States||The Washington Post||Chechnya war||A boy fleeing the fighting in Grozny looks out the back window of a refugee bus.||picture|
|1996||Francesco Zizola||Italy||Contrasto||Civil War in Angola||Landmine victims play in the Angolan city of Kuito .||picture|
|1997||Hocine||Algeria||Agence France-Presse||Algerian civil war||A woman mourns the victims of a massacre in Bentalha in front of the “Zmirli Hospital” .||picture|
|1998||Dayna Smith||United States||The Washington Post||Kosovo conflict||Relatives and friends comfort the widow of a UÇK fighter who was killed on patrol the day before .||picture|
|1999||Claus Bjørn Larsen||Denmark||Berlingske Tidende||Kosovo war||A wounded Kosovar Albanian runs through the Kukës Strait .||picture|
|2000||Lara Jo Regan||United States||Life||Immigration to the USA||A Mexican immigrant works to feed her children.||picture|
|2001||Erik Refner||Denmark||Berlingske Tidende||Refugee disaster is in Afghanistan||The body of a dead Afghan boy is being prepared for burial in the Jalozai refugee camp .||picture|
Armenia / United States
||Polaris Images||Earthquake in Iran||A young Iranian holds the trousers of his dead father, who is buried after the earthquake on June 23, 2002.||picture|
|2003||Jean-Marc Bouju||France||The Associated Press||Iraq war||An Iraqi prisoner of war with a sack over his head comforts his son in a reception camp.||picture|
|2004||Arko Datta||India||Reuters||2004 Indian Ocean earthquake||A desperate Indian woman weeps for her dead relatives two days after the devastating tsunami .||picture|
|2005||Finbarr O'Reilly||Canada||Reuters||Hunger crisis in Niger in 2005||A mother and child wait for food at an emergency center in Tahoua .||picture|
|2006||Spencer Platt||United States||Getty Images||Lebanon War 2006||Five young Lebanese drive a convertible through the rubble of bombed Beirut .||picture|
|2007||Tim Hetherington||United Kingdom||Vanity Fair||War in Afghanistan||An exhausted US soldier leans against a bunker wall and holds a protective hand in front of his eyes.||picture|
|2008||Anthony Suau||United States||Time||Financial crisis from 2007||The American police officer Robert Kole checks whether a evacuated house in Cleveland has actually been abandoned.||picture|
|2009||Pietro Masturzo||Italy||Protests after the Iranian presidential election||Young women on a rooftop in Tehran protest against the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad .||picture|
|2010||Jodi Bieber||South Africa||Women's rights under the Taliban||Portrait of the mutilated Afghan woman Bibi Aisha (18) with her nose cut off.||picture|
|2011||Samuel Aranda||Spain||The New York Times||A woman protects her son||Arabic spring||A veiled Yemeni woman holds a relative who was injured during the protests in a mosque in Sanaa .||picture|
|2012||Paul Hansen||Sweden||Dagens Nyheter||Gaza Burial||Gaza Strip||A crowd carries two dead children who were killed in an Israeli rocket attack on Gaza .||picture|
|2013||John Stanmeyer||United States||VII / National Geographic||signal||Refugees in Djibouti||African refugees hold their mobile phones in the air on the night beach in the capital Djibouti to receive reception so that they can speak to their families.||picture|
|2014||Mads nits||Denmark||Berlingske / Scanpix||Jon and Alex||LGBT in Russia||The photo shows a gay couple in an intimate moment and reminds of the aggravated living conditions of the LGBT minorities in Russia.||picture|
|2015||Warren Richardson||Australia||Hope for a New Life||Refugee Crisis in Europe||The photo shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia to Hungary near Röszke .||picture|
|2016||Burhan Ozbilici||Turkey||An Assassination in Turkey||Assassination attempt on Andrei Karlow||The Turkish assassin Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, shortly after he shot and fatally wounded the Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov during a photo exhibition in Ankara .||picture|
|2017||Ronaldo Schemidt||Venezuela||Agence France-Presse||Venezuela Crisis||Protests against the Venezuelan government||A Venezuelan government opponent is on fire after clashes with security forces.||picture|
|2018||John Moore||United States||Getty Images||Crying Girl on the Border||Migration stretch from Central America to the border between Mexico and the United States||A crying toddler whose mother is being checked by US border guards before they are both about to be taken into custody.||picture|
|2019||Yasuyoshi Chiba||Japan||Agence France-Presse||Straight voice||Military coup and government formation in Sudan||A young Sudanese who recites protest poems during a night power failure in the capital Khartoum is surrounded by numerous people who illuminate him with their mobile phones and chant slogans to restore civil rule.||picture|
|2020||Mads nits||Denmark||Politiken / Panos Pictures||The First Embrace||COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil||For the first time in five months, the 85-year-old resident of a nursing home in São Paulo is hugged again. After no visits were allowed due to the corona pandemic, a “hugging curtain” was installed.||picture|
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