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+ OBEKTIV 2011

09.09.2011 - 09.10.2011

Attracting over two and a half million people each year in over 100 locations, the world’s most prestigious annual exhibition of photojournalism visits Vienna for the tenth year running.

The 54th annual World Press Photo exhibition profiles the globe’s top press photographers and showcases the world’s best press photos of 2010. World Press Photo is the leading international competition in press photography. In 2010 the competition received a record 108,059 entries from 5,691 professional photographers from 125 countries.

The international jury awarded prizes across nine theme categories to 54 photographers. The prestigious World Press Photo of the Year was awarded to South African photographer Jodi Bieber for a portrait of Bibi Aisha, an 18-yearold woman from Afghanistan, who after fleeing her husband’s house complaining of violent treatment, had the Taliban arrive and take her back to her husband’s family for punishment. Jodi Bieber has previously won eight World Press Photo awards.

Since 1955 the board of the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo-journalism which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, has invited press photographers and photo-journalists from all over the world to take part in the World Press Photo competition. An international jury, which is changed each year and consists of 19 members, judges the submitted entries that come from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines all over the world.

The main prize, the World Press Photo photo of the year is awarded to an individual photograph that is not only a summation of the previous year in photo-journalism but also deals with subject matter, a situation or event which has great journalistic significance and, at the same, time shows exceptional achievement in the areas of visual perception and creativity.

The show, which is conceived of as a travelling exhibition, will visit over 100 locations throughout the world and is seen by around two million visitors. It is not only an impressive demonstration of achievements in international photo-journalism but also a unique retrospective of events of worldwide importance and historical significance that have taken place during the previous year.

World Press Photo is supported by the Netherlands Postal Code Lottery and sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT. Further information at: Econgas is supporting the exhibition in Vienna.


World Press Photo of the Year 2010

Jodi Bieber, South Africa

Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine

Bibi Aisha, 18, who was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband's house in Oruzgan province, in the center of Afghanistan. At the age of 12, Aisha and her younger sister had been given to the family of a Taliban fighter under a Pashtun tribal custom for settling disputes. When she reached puberty she was married to him, but she later returned to her parents' home, complaining of violent treatment by her in-laws. Men arrived there one night demanding that she be handed over to be punished for running away. Aisha was taken to a mountain clearing, where she was held down, and had first her ears sliced off, and then her nose. In local culture, a man who has been shamed by his wife is said to have lost his nose, and such treatment is considered punishment in kind. Aisha was abandoned, but later rescued and taken to a shelter in Kabul run by the aid organization Women for Afghan Women, where she was given treatment and psychological help. After time in the refuge, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery.

1st Prize Daily Life Stories
Martin Roemers, The Netherlands, Panos Pictures

[Translate to English:] Corentin Fohlen
2. Preis Harte Fakten Fotoserien

1st Prize Sport Stories
Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images
Sports portfolio:
Thomas Daley of Great Britain competes in the preliminary of the Men’s
3m Springboard diving event during the Youth Olympics at Toa
Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore, 22 August.

1st Prize People In The News Stories
Daniel Berehulak, Australia, Getty Images
Pakistan floods, August-September:
Flood victims scramble for food as they battle the downwash from a
Pakistan army helicopter during relief operations, Dadu, Pakistan, 13

2nd Prize Portraits Single
Joost van den Broek, the Netherlands, de Volkskrant
Kirill Lewerski, cadet on Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern

1st Prize Daily Life Single
Omar Feisal, Somalia, for Reuters
Man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, 23 September

1st Prize Sport Single
Mike Hutchings, South Africa, for Reuters
Netherlands Demy de Zeeuw is kicked in the face by Uruguay’s Martin Cáceres during World Cup semi-final, Cape Town, 6 July

2nd Prize People In The News Single
Seamus Murphy, Ireland, VII Photo Agency
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, London, 30 September

1st Prize Spot News Single
Péter Lakatos, Hungary
MTI Suicide jump, Budapest, Hungary, 22 May

1st Prize General News Single
Riccardo Venturi, Italy, Contrasto
Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 18 January

2nd Prize Contemporary Issues Single
Ed Kashi, USA, VII Photo Agency
Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, Da Nang, Vietnam

2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Stories
Daniele Tamagni, Italy
The Flying Cholitas, Bolivia:
Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling) is one of the most popular sports in the
country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last
ten years become popular in the sport. Here, Carmen Rosa and Yulia la
Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms
of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, 26 June.

2nd Prize Nature Stories
Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, for National Geographic magazine
Whooper Swans at dawn, Hokkaido, Japan, January

2nd Prize Nature Single
Reinhard Dirscherl, Germany, for Mare magazine
Atlantic sailfish attack Spanish sardines, off Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

2nd Prize Arts and Entertainment Single
Davide Monteleone, Italy, Contrasto for The New York Times Style Magazine
Milan Fashion Week: Valeria Marini show

1st Prize General News Stories
Olivier Laban-Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse
Haiti earthquake aftermath, 15-26 January
A man throws a dead body at the morgue of the general hospital, Port-au-Prince, 15 January

2nd Prize Portraits Stories
Wolfram Hahn, Germany
Self-portraits for social network