Posted by: maboulette | March 10, 2013


The World Press Photo organization’s annual contest, now in its 56th year, recognizes the most outstanding journalistic and documentary photography of the previous year. In 2013, a global jury of 19 experts selected winners from more than 100,000 images submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.

For the most coveted prize—Photo of the Year—the jury chose this image by Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen. It shows two Palestinian children being carried to their funeral after an Israeli missile struck their home in Gaza City. The children’s father, whose body is on a stretcher in the background, was also killed in the blast; their mother survived but was in intensive care.


Hansen had mixed emotions about winning. “I felt very happy, honored, and sad. It is a horrible photograph, on many levels, and I feel for the family,” he said. “I hope that the decision makers on all sides look at the photograph, read about this family, and feel ashamed for the political failures that lead to the suffering of all these innocent people.” 

National Geographic contributing photographer Paul Nicklen‘s award-winning shot helps illustrate scientific research about how emperor penguins can double or triple their speed underwater by releasing streams of tiny bubbles from their feathers. This image of a penguin using bubbles to launch itself toward the surface of the sea ice appeared in a November 2012 National Geographic magazine feature about emperor penguins


One year after a 30-foot tsunami swept through northern Japan, uprooted pine trees remained scattered on a beach in the city of Rikuzentaka. The picture, among several others in Daniel Berehulak’s photo series “Japan After the Wave,” documents the lingering effects of the natural disaster.

“The point that the photographer is making is that this story, while it’s no longer a story for the rest of us, is still very much an ongoing story for the people in the villages,” jury member Anne Wilkes Tucker said.


“He really covered the range of disruption that still exists.”


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