The World Press Photo Exhibition can be seen from 5th December to 6 January at Fort Bard. The World Press Photo competition is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers, setting the standard for the profession. This year’s competition drew entries from 5,692 photographers from 131 countries. A total of 97,912 images were entered in the contest.
A group of internationally recognized professionals in the fields of photojournalism and documentary photography convened in Amsterdam in February to judge all entries. The jury gave 45 prizes in eight themed categories to 41 photographers of 17 nationalities from: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Denmark, Eritrea, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Usa.
The World Press Photo of the Year 2014
The jury of the 58th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen as the World Press Photo of the Year 2014. Nissen is a staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken and is represented by Panos Pictures. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (Lgbt) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.