The World Press Photo competition is one of the largest and most prestigious press photography competitions for photojournalism in the world. In 2010, the jury gave prizes in ten themed categories to 62 photographers of 22 nationalities. During the judging period, the jury viewed a record number of photographs with 101,960 images submitted by 5,847 photographers. The photographers represent 128 different nationalities. Check out some of the category winners below and see more here.
World Press Photo of the Year
Picture: Pietro Masturzo, Italy
Women shout their dissent from a Tehran rooftop on 24 June, following Iran’s disputed presidential election. The result had been victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, but there were allegations of vote-rigging. In the ensuing weeks, violent demonstrations took place in the streets. At night, people shouted from the roofs, an echo of protests that took place during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
1st prize General News Singles
Picture: Kent Klich, Sweden
Light enters through a hole in the roof of a house hit by a tank shell, in Tuffah, northern Gaza. The family that lived in the house had fled during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli attack on Gaza that began at the end of December 2008. Mohammed Shuhada Ali Ahmed, 39, had gone back to fetch clothes for his children, and was killed when the shell struck.
1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories
Picture: Eugene Richards, USA, Reportage by Getty Images/The Sunday Times Magazine/Paris Match
Nelida Bagley helps her son Jose Pequeno from his bed at the West Roxbury Veterans Medical Center in Massachusetts. He lost 40 percent of his brain when a grenade exploded in his vehicle while on patrol in Ramadi, in central Iraq. By the end of 2009, over 4,300 men and women from US military forces had been killed, and some 30,000 maimed or wounded since the beginning of the conflict in Iraq.
1st prize Sports Features Stories
Picture: Elizabeth Kreutz, USA
American Lance Armstrong, 37, made his second comeback to professional cycling with the express intent of participating in the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong won the world’s most famous cycle race for a record-breaking seven consecutive years, from 1999 to 2005. He took part in the 2009 event, coming third overall. Armstrong waves to media after coming fifth in stage 20 of the Tour de France, which is acknowledged as the most difficult.
1st prize Arts and Entertainment Stories
Picture: Kitra Cahana, Canada, Colors magazine
The Rainbow Gathering is an annual festival that takes place around the Fourth of July holiday weekend, in a different American national park each year. Part of the point is to celebrate inclusiveness and pray for world peace. The festival attracts hundreds of teenage runaways and travelers, who are nicknamed The Dirty Kids. The 2009 Gathering was held in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico.
1st prize Portraits Singles
Picture: Laura Pannack, United Kingdom, Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian Weekend magazine
Graham has suffered from anorexia nervosa since he was 14, after becoming infatuated with a girl in his class and trying to lose weight to attract her. By the time he was 15 he weighed just over 30 kg, but after retraining himself to eat managed to double that weight over the next six years. Now 24 and working as an actor, he sees himself as still recovering from anorexia.